Alan Partridge was right – why Wings are the band Beatles could have been #BeatlesWeek

Autosave-File vom d-lab2/3 der AgfaPhoto GmbHOK, so I am not entirely serious, but up until a few years ago most of those snobby pop culture critics had a bit of a problem with Paul McCartney’s 70s output.

It may have been that while Lennon was undergoing primal scream therapy and singing about Working Class Heroes Macca was playing happy families on his remote Scottish farm.

Or more likely that at the height of punk he sang about his adopted homeland Mull of Kintyre which would have been fun had it not gone on to become the most ubiquitous song of the decade.

Nevertheless in an age of Spotify and iTunes Macca’s 7os output has been re-appraised by youngsters who know nothing of 70s baggage.

And who I am to argue – so here then are five fantastic moments from the 1970s by the nation’s greatest pop songwriter.

1 Junk

Macca knocked out his first solo album a little too quickly, but along with Maybe I’m Amazed and Every Night is this little gem. Originally considered for The White Album and Abbey Road, it sounds every inch like the long lost Beatles classic it actually is.

2 Back Seat of My Car

Don’t get me started on Ram. Forget Band On The Run this is the Paul’s best solo work. Throw in Jealous Guy, Imagine and a couple of other Lennon gems and you would have an album that would more than rival Abbey Road and Let It be. And while I love Long Haired Lady for its Hey Jude style finale and Dear Boy for its clever re-invention of Smile era Beach Boys, this bittersweet ballad complete with fantastic climax, trumps them all.

3 Some People Never Know

The first Wings album Wild Life is regularly trotted out as an example of a career low point for Macca. Yet in among the ill-advised cover and wonky pop tunes are Tomorrow and this song Some People Never Know –  two very fine melancholic pop tunes. Peruvian Macca tribute band We All Together also issued an ace cover of this.

4 Junior’s Farm

Slightly eclipsed by Band On The Run, Jet and Live and Let Die, Junior’s Farm is the great Wings rocker, courtesy of a great vocal and guitar solo from Jimmy Maculloch.

5 Letting Go

A big favourite of Paul’s it is credited to Paul and and Linda and was released by Wings on the 1975 album, Venus and Mars






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  • Scott Murray

    Great article! You’re spot on with your assessment… I would add “Too Many People” to why Ram was superior to BOR! Both great albums! I loved Ram for its simplicity and charm!

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