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Why is everyone suddenly bad mouthing Paul?
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Hannah said

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?

I don't think its necessarily that people don't respect what he has done.  Actually, in some cases, it could be the opposite.

It's like Muhammad Ali - a lot of people didn't like seeing Ali's last few fights, not because they didn't respect everything Ali had done, but because they just felt he didn't have it anymore and was a shadow of his former self and didn't want to tarnish their memory of how great he used to be.  I must stress I never saw Paul's performance at the Olympics, so do not have an opinion of my own of the performance in question.  I am just pointing out that criticism of one performance does not necessarily mean a lack of respect for everything an individual has done.

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"Why is everyone suddenly bad mouthing Paul?"  Well, I don't see what's so "suddenly" about it for Paul became a popular target for many since April 9th, 1970, even his 'Beast Friends'.  If it appears to be more noticeable on this site then perhaps some feel it appropriate to counter the excessive amount of Paul flanking (for lack of a better word) evidenced here as well.  Everyone is entitled to an opinion at the end of the day, and I'll freely admit that I'm not nearly as impressed by Sir Paul as some here are, the fact that he plays so many instruments is overstated here a lot when there are many others who can as well but would rather share the workload with others and trust their abilities instead.  As sonically enjoyable as Paul's solo on 'Taxman' is, to use it as some sort of evidence to make claim to Paul being the best lead guitarist in the band is laughable, in my opinion, and it's no wonder that "bad mouthing" him is commonplace on some of these threads.

 

I think the "bad mouthing" would decrease incrementally should the "flanking" be toned down, but is it really "bad mouthing" when someone doesn't put Paul on as high a pedestal as some do and wish to counter it?  Why so sensitive when it comes to Paul?  Maybe that's the question that should be asked instead.  Certain people feel that Paul has a right to "set the record straight" to those who felt that Lennon was The Beatles, so why can't those who disagree with the notion that Paul did everything have a voice in dispelling that myth?  Many of them aren't "bad mouthing" Paul so much as they are backing up an opinion on his role with supporting evidence.  Some fans are beginning to adopt some of Paul's habits I'm afraid, including feeling insecure about the Paul McCartney "legacy"...:-)

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I also get really angry when someone criticizes The Beatles. As I say "An insult to The Beatles is like an insult to me" 

Paul McCartney was great at the London Olympics, although if I'm really honest (very hard to admit) I preferred him (a lot) more in the 60's. But that is probably because the other Beatles weren't there and lets be honest, he is getting old (still very good musician!!!!!!!)

I definitely don't think Paul McCartney should stop singing, come on, the Rolling Stones are still performing, aren't they? You can see it his passion, it is what he does best and he enjoys it, otherwise he would have stopped a long time ago.

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I hate it when people say Paul McCartney can't sing as well as he used to.

I challenge them to sing as a career since they were 19 and continue touring at 71!

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LikeASir said
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Paul McCartney can't sing as well as he used to.

I challenge them to sing as a career since they were 19 and continue touring at 71!

19? He joined the Quarrymen when he was barely 15!

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Billy Rhythm said
"Why is everyone suddenly bad mouthing Paul?"  Well, I don't see what's so "suddenly" about it for Paul became a popular target for many since April 9th, 1970, even his 'Beast Friends'.  If it appears to be more noticeable on this site then perhaps some feel it appropriate to counter the excessive amount of Paul flanking (for lack of a better word) evidenced here as well.  Everyone is entitled to an opinion at the end of the day, and I'll freely admit that I'm not nearly as impressed by Sir Paul as some here are, the fact that he plays so many instruments is overstated here a lot when there are many others who can as well but would rather share the workload with others and trust their abilities instead.  As sonically enjoyable as Paul's solo on '
Taxman' is, to use it as some sort of evidence to make claim to Paul being the best lead guitarist in the band is laughable, in my opinion, and it's no wonder that "bad mouthing" him is commonplace on some of these threads.

 

I think the "bad mouthing" would decrease incrementally should the "flanking" be toned down, but is it really "bad mouthing" when someone doesn't put Paul on as high a pedestal as some do and wish to counter it?  Why so sensitive when it comes to Paul?  Maybe that's the question that should be asked instead.  Certain people feel that Paul has a right to "set the record straight" to those who felt that Lennon was The Beatles, so why can't those who disagree with the notion that Paul did everything have a voice in dispelling that myth?  Many of them aren't "bad mouthing" Paul so much as they are backing up an opinion on his role with supporting evidence.  Some fans are beginning to adopt some of Paul's habits I'm afraid, including feeling insecure about the Paul McCartney "legacy"...:-)

I think McCartney gets a lot of flack due to a few issues. I remember when he was planning on changing the credit to certain Beatle songs to 'McCartney/Lennon'. My biggest issue is those fans who come across that it was Paul McCartney and The Beatles like he was the main musician in the band and the other three were his back up band. He also writes a lot of fluff songs with very little substance lyrically speaking. I know he has written some great lyrics but not in the majority of the songs. He has a huge ego and it comes across sometimes. The bottom line is McCartney if very talented and was a must for the Beatles to be as successful as they were. What he brought to the table was his showman ship and energy and of course his fantastic vocals. He was the only one of the four that I feel could sing a rocker and also a soft ballad. I highlighted the line above about the 'Taxman' solo because I agree. He did a really nice solo for George in that song and fans say he was the best guitar player in the band which is pointless. Most of this is only going to be opinions and we all have our own but we need to stay focused on what's important and that is the sum of the four parts equals the whole. 

  

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