Tuesday, November 17, 2009

a sign of something

Ian Dury - Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll - One of these days I will pull my ears out of the 1970's, but they really threw caution to the wind back then. I imagine a heated meeting at the label when someone finally piped in, "Sure he doesn't sing, but that's what makes it all the better!"

Wings - Wild Life (listen) Even old tea 'n' crumpets Paul McCartney got wiggy on his first album with Wings, which somehow I've never listened to. The word is that this was all one-take soul jam studio outbursts.

Another Paul McCartney oddity about which I have never heard is the eponymous Percy "Thrills" Thrillington album Thrillington (listen), an instrumental orchestration of Ram that got shelved when Wings was formed. Percy Thrills was not the only pseudonym used by Paul on the record; the liner notes for it and Wild Life were penned by Paul under the guise of Clint Harrigan. Cheeky! So much to know about these Beatles. Too bad nobody has spent any time collecting minutiae on this most elusive of bands. Like for instance, notice that Paul is down in the water while the rest of the band sitting up on a log, high 'n' dry. Makes you wonder if Paul was somehow separated from the rest of the band, like on a different elemental plane, or , dare I say it...dead. Crazy, I know!

Plus, look! He holds his guitar backwards! That's got to be a sign of something.

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