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Songs you think Paul would NOT sing well
21 September 2013
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I sometimes like to challenge my fellow Beatles fans to think outside the box and be comfortable being less than "hagiographical" about our idols.  I mean, nobody's perfect -- even Paul!

Anyway, I'm also interested in the concept of how some great singers aren't suited to certain specific types of songs.

My example is that I just don't think Paul could sing "Georgia" well (interpreted superbly, of course, by Ray Charles), no matter how hard he tried.

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21 September 2013
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About half of the Supertramp catalogue :)

21 September 2013
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I don't think he could pull off any songs in the vein of Mississippi delta blues.

I started thinking about this due to your mention of Ray Charles and vonbontee's observation over on the "Favourite and Least Favourite "White Album" Songs" thread.

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Yeah, blackface minstrelry is exactly what I'm talking about – Paul singing like a "darkie". Again, I have no idea if that's the effect Paul was going for or if it's just my imagination. But if it was deliiberate and I'm hearing what I fear I'm hearing, I have a huge problem with that, and regard it as an embarrassing anachronism on a 1968 album.

I don't think Cajun is a good fit for him either.

Watch him try to prove us wrong. I wouldn't put it past him.

21 September 2013
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I don't hear "minstrel" in "Wild Honey Pie," but Paul pulls off an admirably bluesy version of "Summertime."

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21 September 2013
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Can't see him doing anything by Meatloaf or "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen (is that the name of that song?) And, oddly, though he sings the old jazz songs well, can't see him doing "New York, New York" by Sinatra or "My Girl" by the Temptations, for that matter. Great question!

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21 September 2013
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cbatcu said
I don't think he could pull off any songs in the vein of Mississippi delta blues.

I started thinking about this due to your mention of Ray Charles and vonbontee's observation over on the "Favourite and Least Favourite "White Album" Songs" thread.

vonbontee said

Yeah, blackface minstrelry is exactly what I'm talking about – Paul singing like a "darkie". Again, I have no idea if that's the effect Paul was going for or if it's just my imagination. But if it was deliiberate and I'm hearing what I fear I'm hearing, I have a huge problem with that, and regard it as an embarrassing anachronism on a 1968 album.

I don't think Cajun is a good fit for him either.

Watch him try to prove us wrong. I wouldn't put it past him.

That would be funny to hear him sing with a cajun accent. 

I can't see him singing metal music. I mean know Helter Skelter was like somewhat early metal, but as far him singing Judas Priest or today's thrash metal....no. 

21 September 2013
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Maybe we are giving him ideas for his next album.

21 September 2013
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I think Paul could do some metal and some bluesy even Cajun, but not all.  It would be more like a sub-type limitation, I think.

Yes, "New York, New York" also might be a good example.

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21 September 2013
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He kind of did a southern accent with Rocky Raccoon

It would be funny if he did like a cajun Rocky Raccoon. It would probably remind me of this Christmas special I hear every year.  

 

21 September 2013
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Thought of one more...anything by Yoko Ono.

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21 September 2013
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mccartneyalarm said
Thought of one more...anything by Yoko Ono.

a-hard-days-night-ringo-8 Good one

21 September 2013
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Man, I would be happy on 7 different levels I Yoko and Paul were to make a freeform noise album together! Hearing Paul put his avante-garde money where his mouth was...awesome! Plus which I'm generally a peace-&-love kinda guy and would be so happy if those two were to demonstrate some kinda creative mutual respect.

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21 September 2013
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Well, vonbontee, there is the 1995 track Hiroshima Sky (Is Always Blue) that was recorded by Yoko, Paul, Linda, James and Sean.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sr0sEX5HZVc

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21 September 2013
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I read on wikipedia it was for atomic bombing of Hiroshima 50th anniversary, but seriously...

Why Paul? paul-mccartney Maybe he was trying to be on good terms with Yoko during the Anthology. 

21 September 2013
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Perhaps he wouldn't want to attempt a Native American chant song like the ones done at Pow-Wows.

sky090909 said

He kind of did a southern accent with Rocky Raccoon.

Interesting. I hear that as a very nasal northern, Minnesota accent. My husband has relatives in Minnesota and that's kind of what they sound like.

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It would be funny if he did like a cajun Rocky Raccoon. It would probably remind me of this Christmas special I hear every year. 

I've heard that poem done very well by a Cajun. Love it!

Paul pulls off an admirably bluesy version of "Summertime."

parlance

Nice attempt by Macca, but I don't see it getting play time at B.B. Kings's on Beale Street. The second half of the instrumental "Momma Miss America" might get a nod there.

skye090909 said

Why Paul? paul-mccartney

Thanks for saying what I was thinking.

21 September 2013
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cbatcu said
Perhaps he wouldn't want to attempt a Native American chant song like the ones done at Pow-Wows.

sky090909 said

He kind of did a southern accent with Rocky Raccoon.

Interesting. I hear that as a very nasal northern, Minnesota accent. My husband has relatives in Minnesota and that's kind of what they sound like.

The Beatles kind of have a nasally accent anyways or at least to me, especially John. 

22 September 2013
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sky090909 said

cbatcu said
Perhaps he wouldn't want to attempt a Native American chant song like the ones done at Pow-Wows.

sky090909 said
He kind of did a southern accent with Rocky Raccoon.

Interesting. I hear that as a very nasal northern, Minnesota accent. My husband has relatives in Minnesota and that's kind of what they sound like.

The Beatles kind of have a nasally accent anyways or at least to me, especially John. 

John does have a nasal voice, but I'm with cbatcu on this especially as the song and its style is very reminiscent of the songs recorded by Robert Zimmerman - a son of Hibbing, Minnesota - for his latest LP, John Wesley Harding.

 

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22 September 2013
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Can you give me a link? 

22 September 2013
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Sorry, I thought people would get the reference as John sings, "I don't believe in Zimmerman", in God. Robert Zimmerman changed his name to Bob Dylan.

Here's the song from JWH seems most likely to have influenced Rocky Raccoon.

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22 September 2013
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mja6758 said
Sorry, I thought people would get the reference as John sings, "I don't believe in Zimmerman", in God. Robert Zimmerman changed his name to Bob Dylan.

Here's the song from JWH seems most likely to have influenced Rocky Raccoon.

I had a dumb moment. paul-mccartney I get what ya mean though. 

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