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Why is everyone suddenly bad mouthing Paul?
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12 August 2013
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Another recent post at Hey Dullblog references the perceptions of Paul in '95 versus now, quoting a Village Voice article referring to Paul as "the dumb one."

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parlance said
I think the "dumb" thing might have to do with his songwriting, but probably it's more related to the cute=dumb stereotype, and his generally goofy sense of humor which, for the utterly humorless, translates into a lack of intellectual substance.

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I think it's because of all of the songs that have been hits (save for "Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey"), they're usually the simplest songs that he has written. "Silly Love Songs," "Ebony & Ivory," "Let 'Em In," "With a Little Luck"... those songs aren't as complex as, say, "Waterfalls" or "Tug Of War," but since it's because that's what the general popularity usually only hears from Paul, then they come up with the "dumb" line. The whole "Paul only writes love songs, while John writes stories!" argument. Never mind that Lennon wrote some (outstanding) simple love songs during his solo career: "Oh My Love" and "Woman" come to mind. And Paul could get complex when the mood hit him- "Waterfalls" is a great example of that.

 

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As a James Taylor fan, I am wearily used to the implication from others that my idol is "soft" and "syrupy" and basically a musical wimp.  It's an interesting sociological phenomenon, because there are some musicians out there that don't have any of those "uncool cooties" at all, even though there's no rational basis for why they remain utterly immune beyond question -- for example, if you say that you're a Lyle Lovett fan or a Tom Waits fan or a Neil Young fan or a Dylan fan, everyone will say "yeah, that's cool".  Nobody would dream of impugning your choice.  Perhaps a better example would be Jimmy Buffet. For some reason, if you're a Jimmy Buffet fan, you instantly acquire a "cool pass", even though Buffet has done plenty of soft pop in his time.

But if you like James Taylor, or Wings, there are quite a few out there who would wrinkle their nose like suddenly an odd odor came to their attention, or they would smile condescendingly like you just admitted that you still like to sleep with your teddy bear.

I think one reason Paul gets that "uncool" tag is that his songs are so accessible and so completely "listenable" and some people like to think of themselves as too sophisticated for that.  It brings out the music snob in them.  Also, the more popular an artist is, the more determined some people are not to find anything they like about them!

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LadyBay said

Funny Paper said
As a James Taylor fan, I am wearily used to the implication from others that my idol is "soft" and "syrupy" and basically a musical wimp.  It's an interesting sociological phenomenon, because there are some musicians out there that don't have any of those "uncool cooties" at all, even though there's no rational basis for why they remain utterly immune beyond question -- for example, if you say that you're a Lyle Lovett fan or a Tom Waits fan or a Neil Young fan or a Dylan fan, everyone will say "yeah, that's cool".  Nobody would dream of impugning your choice.  Perhaps a better example would be Jimmy Buffet. For some reason, if you're a Jimmy Buffet fan, you instantly acquire a "cool pass", even though Buffet has done plenty of soft pop in his time.

But if you like James Taylor, or Wings, there are quite a few out there who would wrinkle their nose like suddenly an odd odor came to their attention, or they would smile condescendingly like you just admitted that you still like to sleep with your teddy bear.

I think one reason Paul gets that "uncool" tag is that his songs are so accessible and so completely "listenable" and some people like to think of themselves as too sophisticated for that.  It brings out the music snob in them.  Also, the more popular an artist is, the more determined some people are not to find anything they like about them!

Try and find that uke LHL - playing one (even as badly as I do) is one of the most joyful things to do in life!!

I agree but in a different way. One reason that he has been tagged is that he has made himself too accessible as an artist. The mysticism that once surrounded him is gone. He seems to be everywhere these days and I think that Lennon and Harrison always kept that distance in their lives and were more reclusive.

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