Paul McCartney On Wings, Non-Beatle Music, & John Lennon Critiques


Paul McCartney grew up listening to and performing songs like “Hound Dog” by Elvis Presley. He would visit his aunt and uncle where he would listen to hit rock songs and perform them in their living room. In Liverpool, they had speakers throughout the whole house. “That’s huge memories for me,” said McCartney.

McCartney referred to his uncle’s jukebox as a “work of art.” After a quick chat about jukeboxes, McCartney started to discusses the reissue for “Band on the Run” from his days with Wings. “It was really important,” said McCartney. “It was the thing I was going to do after the Bealtes…and it was almost impossible.”

McCartney said he never really knew how to follow-up the Beatles. Suddenly, he was in the same position as all of his competition while playing with the Beatles. “So we had done a few years of trying to get it together [and] trying to establish what Wings was going to be,” added the musician.

“I wanted it to be anything but Beatles. I thought it would be a bit of a pale imitation,” said McCartney. For the singer, Band on the Run was the arrival of something new and something not Beatles. “It was a big, important album for us.”

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