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Paul McCartney, petty bastard. He wants to remove John Lennon's writing credit from "Yesterday," even though they agreed 40 years ago to share writing credit on all their Beatles songs, because John didn't have anything to do with that song and no other Beatle played on the recording. Of course, Paul had nothing to do with much of John's later Beatle work, and can you imagine the tantrum he would have thrown if John had tried to, say, give Yoko Ono a writing credit on "Revolution 9"? Interestingly, John's first solo single, "Give Peace a Chance," is credited to Lennon/McCartney, just to be nice.

I guess Paul just doesn't have enough money. What a complete tool.

Of course, historical revisionism is nothing new to Macca. I tried to slog through his "authorized" biography (written by his close friend Barry Miles, who often appeared to be under threat of bodily harm if he didn't make Paul look as arty as possible), but couldn't get past its self-serving, over-eager, jumping-puppy-dog style. The point of the entire book, to spare you the trouble of reading it, is: "I was the cool Beatle! Really I was!" Sure, John was being a suburban dad (sorta) in the mid-60s while Paul was going to all the avant-garde happenings. But if Paul had so thoroughly immersed himself in the radical London art scene, how can he possibly explain almost every song he's written since 1967? Seriously, would a truly cool guy write "My Love"?

Replies: 9 Confessions

No, you're right: I'd never write something like "My Love".

Charlie @ 12/18/2002 11:53 AM CST

Paul is such an ass. As far as i'm concerned his credit for Yesterday is not in question as it reeks of the insipid-ness typical of his crap (to make matters worse, i was forced again today to hear his stupid "simply having a cliched christmas time" song). Band on the run, my ass. I call it "shit on the run"

John @ 12/18/2002 11:53 AM CST

All I can say to that is:

Bip bop, bip bip bop
Bip bop, bip bip band

jima @ 12/18/2002 11:56 AM CST

"Turd on the Run" (not "Shit") is a Stones song, silly.

As for who would write a song like "My Love", how about former Chicago indie rock sensation Plush's 1993 7" on Drag City? Noted Beatle-hater Steve Albini liked it so much he played it on Local Anesthetic on WXRT way back then. What would have happened if Plush had chosen to rip off "The (Dog Gone[1]) Girl is Mine" instead?

[1] "Dog gone" is a euphamism for "God damn". So is "dag nabbit". While it may satisfy the letter of the law[2] it clearly violates the spirit. Which is why I cannot understand those who insist on typing "G-d" instead of "God" in usenet posts and the like. Don't you think God knows what you mean? Like He would let you off on a technicality.

[2] God's Law, the 10 Commandments, specifically the one about not taking the Lord's name in vain.

Nanker Phelge @ 12/18/2002 01:45 PM CST

I have no idea what you're talking about, Nanker, but thank you for writing it in the pseud of another great rock songwriting partnership. For all the indignities they've displayed over the last 20 years, at least Mick and Keith aren't kicking each other in the nuts over pennies. At least, not in public.

amyc @ 12/18/2002 05:18 PM CST

Just the idea of Mick and Keith kicking each other in the nuts, for pennies or any other reason, is rather enjoyable. New happy thought...

Phineas @ 12/18/2002 10:51 PM CST

Why is he even bothering? Doesn’t Jacko own all the rights to their songs?

Davezilla @ 12/19/2002 12:21 AM CST

Not exactly. Jackson owns the publishing rights, but still has to pay the songwriters 50% of whatever he earns. Since John and Paul have never fully owned the rights to their songs, they've always gotten their 50% songwriters' royalties.

amyc @ 12/19/2002 06:14 AM CST

That sucks. Only half of a gajillion-twillion dollars? How does he get by? A guy's gotta eat, y'know.

Phineas @ 12/19/2002 09:40 AM CST

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