8 July 2011
8 November 2012
5 February 2010
I thought some folks here would appreciate this. Every so often, I'll burn a CD of Beatles bootleg stuff, alternate takes, demos, that sort of thing, and leave it as a surprise for my wife to take with her to work in the morning (she's got a bit of a longer commute).
I got to thinking about how many Macca songs there are which, on critical inspection, should be rated as "throwaways," but they end up being the songs I like to go back and listen to the most. "Big Barn Bed" is a great example. It's not very musically interesting, it's quite repetitive, and the lyrics ... "weeping on a willow, sleeping on a pillow, leaping armadillo, yeah"? But it's a fun song. It's catchy. Or, I think so, anyway.
So I just made my wife a compilation CD of these songs from Macca's solo catalog, and gave it the title "Press to Skip."
- Getting Closer
- Magneto and Titanium Man
- Big Barn Bed
- Long Haired Lady
- Bip Bop
- Hot as Sun/Glasses
- I'm Carrying
- One More Kiss
- Love in Song
- Picasso's Last Words (Drink to Me)
- Cook of the House
- Summer's Day Song
- Arrow Through Me
- Mary Had a Little Lamb
- Temporary Secretary
- Sally G
- Country Dreamer
It was a fun little experiment, and, true to its title, there's more than one track on there that I tend to skip. But overall, it's a fun disc to listen to.
8 January 2015
Another fascinating topic, the stinkers of Macca, and so many are in sharp disagreement! Firstly the guy is prolific, so he's going to write a lot of forgettable stuff and we wish there was a higher standard of quality control but who's he going to listen to? Secondly, a lot of the Wings stuff was just flogged to death. I don't think Getting Closer is much of a song but radio thrashed that crap for weeks. But interestingly its the McCartney albums that seem to trip the crazy wires of Macca fans here. @PeterWeatherby disdains two of the better McCartney II pieces and on the previous page there's hate for McCartney pieces from an ex-bibler. But Birthday? It's a birthday song, that's all it is, its not a major crime! The worst thing about that song is how incompetently bands play it (which is why many bands avoid it because everyone fears screwing up the bridge or getting the instrumental wrong. If you get that song wrong, it ruins everything, I've seen the carnage).
A lot of McCartney I can forgive if I don't listen to the songs more than six months apart. People like to hate on things like C Moon but that's just Macca humour, if you don't get it, that's understandable. But how anyone could stand to listen to Mull of Kintyre ever again just amazes me. In Australia that song never left number one for months, it was worse than ABBA and Fernando. An entire generation was scarred by that, and we all learnt to be wary of new Macca ever after. Which is why apart from Tug of War, McCartneys I & II, and Band On The Run I've barely listened to any Macca albums as albums because I'd have to listen to bulk Macca to find the good tunes. One of my ulterior motives for joining this board in the first place! So for me Macca is good by omission. The list would be difficult to compile for that reason.
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1 May 2011
I love 'C Moon', its such a fun song. Perfect accompaniment to the balls to the wall rocker that is 'Hi, Hi, Hi'. For me that's one of Pauls best ever singles.
On the other hand i'd throw myself out of the car if i had to listen to 'Big Barn Bed' as the whole thing irritates the hell out of me. I fail to find the fun of the track and everything else about it is shit. Don't mind most of 'Red Rose Speedway' but i'd happily never listen to that opening track and the closing medley that would have me selling my soul if threatened with hearing it twice in a row - 'Lazy Dynamite' is withstandable but the other three should never have been put forward as to be recorded never mind seen release. The solo of 'Power Cut' haunts me in my dreams and how Paul wrote two songs called 'Hold Me Tight' of which both are far far worse than cataclysmically abysmal will always be a mystery to me.
9 August 2011
@ewe2 Being from the US, I didn't hear Mull of Kintyre when it was released in Great Britain, Australia, etc... so certainly never got an overdose. It's a great anthem that suffers only from being too long. On the McCartney cassette tape that I made years back when I used to listen to such things I faded it out at 3 minutes and it was just fine.
8 January 2015
edit: @Into the Sky with Diamonds even 3 minutes is too long for me. I hear the opening chords and if I can't shut it off I have to get away, fast.
Listening to Back To The Egg is a terrifying ordeal. Getting Closer and Old Siam, Sir are the most bearable (I give that one a musical pass because its harmless power pop, and I've never wondered what the hell Paul was singing about by this stage). But everything else is just trash. Rockestra Theme is a horrible overblown wandering nothing, an embarrassment to everyone involved. I can't even remember anything else, it's that forgettable.
9 August 2011
1 November 2013
1 May 2011
'Back To The Egg' is an album which i think is really good until i play it thru and its ho hum. Really like 'Arrow Thru Me', 'Again and Again and Again', 'After The Ball' and 'Love Awake', the rest is a shrug of the shoulders. 'Rockestra' is fine but doesnt do anything or go anywhere or leave any mark - it comes, it plays, it leaves. 'Old Siam Sir' has a great Paul vocal but its far too long, as a 2 1/2 minute blaster it might have been great but at over 4 minutes i'm bored by the end.
5 February 2010
On the other hand i'd throw myself out of the car if i had to listen to 'Big Barn Bed' as the whole thing irritates the hell out of me. I fail to find the fun of the track and everything else about it is shit.
That's why I called the compilation "Press to Skip."
If I'm not in the mood for "Big Barn Bed" (and I understand why someone might never be), I just press "skip," and feel no guilt whatsoever.
15 February 2015
Annadog40 voiced her opinion
“It was written for John, to John. It was like a letter. With the business pressures of the Beatles breaking up it’s like a marriage. One minute you’re in love, the next minute you hate each other’s guts. It’s a pity, because it’s very difficult to cut through all that. So you do what we all seemed to do, which was write it in songs. I wrote “Dear Friend” as a kind of peace gesture."
One of the few McCartney songs I don't pretend to ignore. Grrrr.
1 May 2011
Talking of 'Big Barn Bed' i wonder if Paul will include the 'James Paul McCartney' tv special when he gets around to 'Red Rose Speedway' ('Big Barn Bed' being the opener).
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