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Why is everyone suddenly bad mouthing Paul?
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10 August 2013
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Hannah
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Hello everyone!

I'm getting very frustrated with some of the attitudes I've heard towards the gorgeous and brilliant Paul lately (not on the Beatles Bible I hasten to add!) When he performed Hey Jude at the Olympics my mum and I watched with tears in our eyes and shivers down our spines. He was AMAZING and had everyone on their feet and singing. I was so proud to be a Beatles fan that day. When it had finished I turned on the radio and there was a discussion going on about the ceremony. Everyone said how good it was, except for Paul's perfomance which was apparantly "awful". So many people called in to say that he had lost his singing voice and should retire gracefully. Needless to say I was furious! Why should he retire when he CAN still sing and is entertaining thousands of people all over the world? The next day, most of the people I spoke to agreed that he was crap! I actually had a row with my boyfriend about it on the train cos he was saying how bad he was and he should give up. I was furious and in the end had to bite my tongue with people as I didn't want to fall out with them. My young nieces and nephew loved it however. It's not just in relation to the Olympic ceremony,  I seem to come across this viewpoint alot. Paul is a genius and should be respected as such. Even if you don't like the Beatles, surely people should respect everything he's done for the music business, all the people he's influenced?

So my question is: Has anyone else come across this attitude or am I just unlucky to be surrounded by people with no taste (sorry if anyone I know is reading this. Love you really!) What is your response when people come out with this garbage? Do you get angry or simply laugh in their faces?

Thanks for listening to my rant. It was long overdue!

 

 

 

11 August 2013
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I haven't had the pleasure of seeing him live in many years, but there are some video recordings of live performances by him that to my ears clearly show a decline in his singing ability.  This can't be just the difference between recordings of live, and actual live, since every single recording he did through the 80s and 90s had a superlative voice (even if some people may not, occasionally, like what he may have been singing -- Michael Jackson duets, Broad Street, etc.).

However, I do take the word of most Beatles Bible fans who have seen this latest tour that he is singing excellently.

Second point is more general:  Paul has had to put up with criticism for decades.  One of the most enduring has been the inclination of many people to think he's too "soft" and does too many "pop love songs" and/or "granny show tune" type stuff.  One of my friends who loves rock and roll and loves the Beatles (but who likes many other bands better, including Talking Heads, Neil Young, and dozens of other hard rock and alternative artists) definitely has a prejudice against Paul, thinking he's a something of a lightweight when it comes to rock, compared with many other rockers.  This, I fear, is a common misconception.  Paul I'd say is simply the best rock & roll singer in history, and the best pop rock singer in history too.  I'd even say I think he's a better folk singer than James Taylor, my idol.

 

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11 August 2013
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Funny Paper said
Thanks Hannah, maybe some day he'll get that recognition (specifically about his voice being the best of all). 

I was listening to Helter Skelter today and his voice is just incredible. Not enough credit is given to his vocal range.

11 August 2013
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Hannah said

Funny Paper said
Thanks Hannah, maybe some day he'll get that recognition (specifically about his voice being the best of all). 

I was listening to Helter Skelter today and his voice is just incredible. Not enough credit is given to his vocal range.

Have you heard "Old Siam Sir" from Back To The Egg? That's a quality screamin' singing song. And Paul incredibly keeps it at that range throughout the whole song. Very underrated rock tune from Sir Paul.

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