Wednesday, February 14, 2007

A Wing and a Player

Posted By on Wed, Feb 14, 2007 at 12:36 PM

No, that headline isn't a politically incorrect stab at the Asian dialect, but a head's up for tomorrow (Thursday) night's Wings Over The Basement show, featuring members of Guilty Pleasures and The Long Players unearthing the catalog of Paul McCartney & Wings, along with other gems from Macca's solo career.

Now, mind you, this Wings show has been the subject of controversy here at the Scene offices, with some of us (me included) defending the band's merits while other Scene staffers were seen projectile-vomiting into their circular files.

More incredibly insightful analysis (and the classic Paul McCartney joke) after the jump.

So the joke goes like this:

When did Paul McCartney write "Silly Love Songs"?
The answer: 1963 to 2007.
Yeah, there was some sappy drivel in there, but who can argue with "Live and Let Die"? "Maybe I'm Amazed"? "Jet"? Or "Band on the Run," which is really two or three great rock songs tied together?

Of course, this is also the guy who wrote "Freedom," which beat out even Neil Young's "Let's Roll" for the title of Most Pathetic Piece of Post-9/11 Pandering.

To wit:
This is my right
A right given by God
To life a free life
To live in freedom
Talkin' 'bout freedom
I'm talking 'bout freedom
I will fight
For the right
To live in freedom.
Sung to the tune of "Stand by Me"

Get if folks? Freedom! Paul's gonna fight for it! Now, if by "fight," he means, "go free some lobsters in the Atlantic, then come sit at home and count my money, and maybe take a swing at my wife," we might believe him. But taking on the Axis of Evil? Come on, the guy can't even kill a sea mollusk!

So, my Pleasurably Guilty and Long Playing friends, I support you wholeheartedly.

That is, unless you play so much as a note of "Freedom," at which point we'll pile on with the Macca-bashers faster than you can say "the kettle's on the boil."

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