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Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reggae
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6 December 2023
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‘Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reggae’ was the b-side of Paul McCartney’s 1979 single ‘Wonderful Christmastime’. See more…

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Did a search for this but no thread came up. If so. @Joe?!!!

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A true ‘WTF’ moment in Paul’s catalogue.

Most people couldn’t even find the energy to dislike this after listening to ‘Wonderful Christmas’ which was the lead side. Me. I like it mainly as it’s a nice enough tune and it comes with the added question of “Why does this exist?!!” 

And some folk question that Frog Song.

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I don’t fault Paul for putting it out, but I do fault him for failing to indulge more zany & wacky things he could have added with instrumentation — one example I can imagine is using a splat sound that sounds like a fart for percussion on the upbeats.  Also cowbells, steel drums, parade whistles, trombones used comically, and throw in that “police siren” sound effect Bob Dylan used on Highway 61 Revisited —

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I.e., Paul should have had more fun with it!

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meanmistermustard said
Most people couldn’t even find the energy to dislike this after listening to ‘Wonderful Christmas’ which was the lead side. Me. I like it mainly as it’s a nice enough tune and it comes with the added question of “Why does this exist?!!” 

There isn’t much to it, is there?  I tend to forget this song exists. 

Why does it exist?  To me, it sounds like he thought of the title and thought it was clever.  So he slapped a reggae beat onto the traditional song and here it is.  And it makes a suitable B side to “Wonderful Christmastime “.

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Sea Belt said
I don’t fault Paul for putting it out, but I do fault him for failing to indulge more zany & wacky things he could have added with instrumentation — one example I can imagine is using a splat sound that sounds like a fart for percussion on the upbeats.

I.e., Paul should have had more fun with it!

Especially given he was doing all sorts of those kind of things during the McCartney II  sessions.

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