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Music: Paul McCartney
Still the Cute One.

James Paul McCartney (June 18, 1942-). Beatle. Bass player. Knight. Vegetarian. Left-handed.

See also Wings, the band McCartney formed in the 1970s.


Studio Discography:

  • 1970 - McCartney
  • 1971 - Ram note 
  • 1980 - McCartney II
  • 1982 - Tug Of War
  • 1983 - Pipes Of Peace
  • 1984 - Give My Regards to Broad Street
  • 1986 - Press To Play
  • 1988 - Choba B CCCP
  • 1989 - Flowers In The Dirt
  • 1993 - Off The Ground
  • 1997 - Flaming Pie
  • 1999 - Run Devil Run
  • 2001 - Driving Rain
  • 2005 - Chaos And Creation In The Backyard
  • 2007 - Memory Almost Full
  • 2012 - Kisses On The Bottom
  • 2013 - New


Live Discography:

  • 1990 - Tripping The Live Fantastic
  • 1991 - Unplugged (The Official Bootleg)
  • 1993 - Paul Is Live
  • 2002 - Back In The U.S.
  • 2003 - Back In The World
  • 2007 - iTunes Festival: London
  • 2007 - Amoeba's Secret note 
  • 2009 - Good Evening New York City
  • 2010 - Paul McCartney Live In Los Angeles note 
  • 2012 - iTunes Live From Capitol Studios


Electronic Discography (* with "The Fireman"):

  • 1993 - Strawberries Oceans Ships Forest*
  • 1998 - Rushes*
  • 2000 - Liverpool Sound Collage
  • 2005 - Twin Freaks
  • 2008 - Electric Arguments*


Classical Discography:

  • 1967 - The Family Way
  • 1977 - Thrillington
  • 1991 - Paul McCartney's Liverpool Oratorio
  • 1997 - Standing Stone
  • 1999 - Working Classical
  • 2006 - Ecce Cor Meum
  • 2011 - Ocean's Kingdom


Tropes:

  • Abbey Road Crossing: The cover of the concert album Paul Is Live features an older Paul digitally inserted into the original, iconic Abbey Road cover photo.
  • Adorkable: At least when he's making mashed potatoes
  • Album Title Drop: "She sprinkles flowers in the dirt, that's when a thrill becomes a hurt", from the song "That Day Is Done".
    • There's a partial one in the song "Fine Line": "There is a long way between chaos and creation" (the album in question being Chaos and Creation in the Backyard).
  • Alternate Reality Episode: Three albums released under the name "The Fireman", a "group" consisting of Paul and the record producer Youth. The first two albums were sound collages. Electric Arguments, still rough and unpolished but a more conventional collection of songs, got strong reviews.
    • There was also his and Linda's 1971 (but not released until 1977 due to other obligations) Thrillington project (an orchestral album consisting of covers of Paul's entire Ram album), credited to the pseudonym Percy "Thrills" Thrillington.
  • Analogy Backfire: The analogy of piano keys representing racial harmony in "Ebony and Ivory" falls apart when you try playing a C and a C-sharp at the same time. Musical notes that sit side-by-side on the keyboard do not get along, regardless of colour.
    • They do if played as part of a chord. G Maj 7, for example sounds fine with a black and a white key next to each other(doubling the root at the octave). Major 7th chords are actually quite common in The Beatles music. Not to mention that the song itself features a bunch of pedal tone chords that don't take away from the Major tonality of the song, some of which do in face feature black and white keys played next to each other, making the example a somewhat Genius Bonus for the musically trained.
  • Audience Participation Song:
    • "Hey Jude", especially because of its ending.
    • "Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da" is a joy to sing along with a stadium full of people.
  • Auto Erotica: "Back Seat of My Car".
  • Beard of Sorrow: The only time during his life that McCartney was known to sport a beard was the period in 1969-70 that coincided with the breakup of the Beatles. Confirmed by the man himself.
  • Bishōnen: Of all The Beatles he was called the cute one, you do the math...
  • Call Back: "Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five", the last song on the Band on the Run album, ends with a reprise of the chorus from "Band on the Run".
    • The song right before it, "Picasso's Last Words", contains brief snippets of "Jet" and "Mrs. Vanderbilt".
  • Christmas Songs: "Wonderful Christmastime" (and its B-side, "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reggae").
  • Chronological Album Title: McCartney II. It's technically his second album only if you don't include Wings releases or Ram, which was officially credited to Paul and Linda together.
  • Cold War: Snova v SSSR was originally released only in the Soviet Union, to give Paul's fans there, who usually had to scrounge for bootlegs, a record of their own.
  • Cool Old Guy: At age 72, and in an era where artists like Kesha, Taylor Swift, Kanye West, Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars, Kenny Chesney and other young pop-oriented and country artists are top concert attractions, Paul remains solidly in that group of top concert attractions, regularly selling out top venues and drawing fans both young and old.
  • Cover Album: Snova v SSSR. Run Devil Run and Kisses on the Bottom as well, though they contain three and two originals, respectively.
  • Cult Soundtrack: The Family Way
  • Divorce Assets Conflict: Part of the extremely ugly end to his second marriage, with model Heather Mills. Mills got a large sum that was still less than a fifth of what she wanted, along with the judge's assessment that she was "less than candid".
  • Embarrassing First Name: His full name was James P. McCartney. You wouldn't think James was all that embarrassing but no fewer than three post-WW1 British prime ministers have had the same aversion: James Ramsay MacDonald, James Harold Wilson and James Gordon Brown. Another was more enthusiastic, or maybe saw it as the lesser of two evils: Leonard James Callaghan. Word of Biographer has it that everyone called him Paul to avoid confusion with his father, James 'Jim' McCartney.
  • Evolving Music/Rearrange the Song: Most of the Give My Regards to Broad Street soundtrack, except for the hit single "No More Lonely Nights", was Paul rearranging old songs from both his Beatles and solo careers.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar:
    • Subverted with the Wings song "Hi Hi Hi". See Intercourse with You below.
    • "Eat At Home" is about the pleasure of oral sex with your wife.
  • Give My Regards to Broad Street: Paul's venture into movie-making in 1984, which he wrote and starred in As Himself. Not a success.
  • Gratuitous French: An entire song, "Ou Est Le Soleil", off of Flowers in the Dirt.
  • Gratuitous Latin:
    • "Ah, mater, want Jet to always love me"
    • From the Liverpool Oratorio:
      "Non nobis solum
      "Sed toti mundo
      "Nati
      "Toti mundo nati"
  • Greatest Hits Album: He's had several. Wings Greatest covers mainly Wings, but has some early solo tracks. All the Best is under Paul's name, but is about half Wings. The two-disc Wingspan is the most comprehensive collection, covering both Wings and Paul's solo output through 1984.
  • Grief Song:
    • "Here Today", written after the death of John Lennon.
    • Also, "Little Willow", written in memory of Maureen Starkey (Ringo Starr's first wife).
  • Happily Married: Paul and Linda McCartney for 29 years, until Linda's death from cancer in 1998.
  • I Am the Band: "Paul McCartney and Wings". To the extent that the greatest hits album All the Best is attributed solely to McCartney despite being about half-Wings.
    • On McCartney, McCartney II, and Chaos and Creation in the Back Yard, Paul performs almost all the instruments himself.
  • Iconic Item: His trademark violin-shaped Höfner 500/1 bass.
  • Identical Grandson / Strong Family Resemblance: His son James is basically a blond version of himself.
  • Intentionally Awkward Title: Kisses on the Bottom. It's a line from "I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter," and in that context clearly refers to signing love letters with X's, but still... Paul...
  • Intercourse with You: "Hi Hi Hi". Banned by the BBC for being about drugs.
  • In The Style Of: "Let Me Roll It" off of Band on the Run is commonly believed to be Paul recording a John Lennon-style song.
  • Ironic Nursery Rhyme: After the BBC refused to play his Protest Song "Give Ireland Back to the Irish", an irritated Paul set "Mary Had a Little Lamb" to music and actually released it as a single.
  • Lead Bassist: The best known bassist of all time. And the "lead" part is prevalent in both Wings and the latter part of The Beatles.
  • Let's Duet: In the early 80s, McCartney had big hits singing duets with Stevie Wonder ("Ebony and Ivory") and Michael Jackson ("The Girl Is Mine", "Say Say Say").
    • He also contributed vocals for the song "Best Love" on Steve Martin's 2011 album Rare Bird Alert.
    • One of his songs from his late-80s partnership with Elvis Costello was the duet "You Want Her Too" off of Flowers in the Dirt.
  • Limited Wardrobe: These days, he usually performs in a long sleeved red shirt.
  • Long Runner Line Up: After two groups that didn't qualify (The Beatles only lasted eight years after Ringo joined, and aside from the core three of Paul, Linda and Denny Laine the Wings were a Revolving Door Band) his current live band - and at times going along in the studio - qualifies, having been the same musicians since 2001.
  • Magpies as Portents: "Two Magpies".
  • Missing Mom: Mary McCartney died from cancer when Paul was 14. This tragedy has undoubtedly inspired quite a few of his songs, including "Let It Be", and helped him bond with John Lennon, who'd also lost his mother at a young age.
  • Never Learned to Read: He can't read sheet music.
  • New Sound Album: Plenty of his earlier solo stuff was Synth Pop-ish, compared to his later music, which had a harder rock sound to it. Later on, his 2013 solo album, which he specifically had produced by a younger staff, was given a mostly electronic rock style rather than straight-up rock (as with his previous albums), complete with electronically distorted guitar audio. Fittingly, the album is called New.
  • Nobody Loves the Bassist: Strongly averted, as it's Ringo Starr (the drummer) who usually gets treated like the Butt Monkey in most discussions about The Beatles.
  • Ode to Intoxication: See Wanderlust Song below.
  • Older than They Look: He's 70, but he looks like he's in his late-40's to mid-50's. One reason for this is that his hair used to be greyer than it is now.
  • Parental Substitute: Julian Lennon has admitted that he was much closer to Paul than his own father, especially during his early childhood and adolescence. When John deserted Julian and his mother, Paul stepped in as a role model and even wrote the song "Hey, Jude'' to console a young Julian over his parents' divorce.
    “Paul and I used to hang about quite a bit—more than Dad and I did. We had a great friendship going and there seems to be far more pictures of me and Paul playing together at that age than there are pictures of me and my dad.” - Julian Lennon
  • Prison: McCartney's infamous bust in 1980, when, as he and Wings were arriving in Japan on a tour, he was caught at customs with 218 grams of marijuana in his luggage. He spent ten days in jail and could have faced a seven-year sentence, but the Japanese government elected to deport him. Reports of John's reaction to the bust range from "delighted with his ex-partner's misfortune to the point where he literally danced with joy" to "furious that his friend let himself get caught and increasingly anxious as Paul was detained"; at any rate, he called to provide moral support.
  • Protest Song: "Give Ireland Back to the Irish"
    • "How Many People?" off of Flowers in the Dirt
  • Punny Name: 1973 single "Helen Wheels".
  • Recycled IN SPACE!: "Another Day", as described by Wings drummer Denny Seiwell, is "Elanor Rigby IN NEW YORK CITY!"
  • Refuge in Audacity: Despite having full knowledge that it would be banned by the BBC (which it was), "Give Ireland Back to the Irish" was released as a single by Wings. Their first single..
  • Reports of My Death Were Greatly Exaggerated: His reaction to the "Paul Is Dead" rumors.
    "I wasn't really dead." (Paul to Chris Farley on Saturday Night Live)
  • Rerelease the Song: "Maybe I'm Amazed" and "Coming Up" were solo songs which also saw live releases by Wings. "Another Day / Oh Woman, Oh Why", his debut single, was also made available for Record Day 2012.
  • Rooftop Concert: Naturally, played with the other three Beatles in the band's final performance on the roof of Apple Corps, but Paul has also done it solo, having played on the marquee of the Ed Sullivan Theater on The Late Show with David Letterman.
  • Self-Titled Album: McCartney (his solo debut, in which he belatedly announced the breakup of the Beatles) and the later McCartney II.
  • Significant Anagram: While it's unclear whether it's intentional, Memory Almost Full can be rearranged to spell "For My Soulmate LLM".
  • Silly Love Songs: Trope Namer, and a Take That to his critics.
  • Singing Simlish: "Wo wo wo wo, wo wo wo wo, my love does it good." Not Paul's best moment as a lyricist.
  • Song Style Shift:
    • "A Day in the Life". Partly because Paul only wrote the middle bit; the outer bits were John's.
    • "Band on the Run"
    • "Live And Let Die"
    • "Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey", although this is because (as with "A Day in the Life") it is actually two (or three) song-fragments combined to make one whole song.
  • The Stoner: Paul smoked a lot of marijuana, especially in the 70s and 80s.
  • Supergroup: Performed a new original song called "Cut Me Some Slack" with the surviving members of Nirvana for the "12 12 12" benefit concert. It rocked.
  • Take That: "Too Many People" off of Ram is a rather veiled Take That towards John Lennon. The photo on the inside sleeve of Ram—a beetle...er, screwing another beetle—is less veiled, though Paul intended it as a reference to the acrimonious collapse of the Beatles instead of specifically insulting John. Lennon, always more willing to get nasty than McCartney, took his revenge with "How Do You Sleep?".
    • Word of God is that only the line "too many people preaching practices" was about John and Yoko, and "you took your lucky break and broke it in two" was about John's part in the Beatles' dissolution. John thought the whole album was about them.
  • Textless Album Cover: McCartney and Chaos and Creation in the Backyard.
  • This Is a Song: "Silly Love Songs"
  • Unplugged Version: Paul's Unplugged (The Official Bootleg) album is among the first unplugged albums ever released and was the very first MTV Unplugged performance/album.
  • Updated Re-release: His post-Beatles discography has seen two rounds of these, 1993's Paul McCartney Collection and the ongoing, creatively-titled Paul McCartney Archive Collection.
  • Wanderlust Song: "Wanderlust", sort of. It seems like it would be this, and one can certainly read the lyrics as being a wanderlust song, but it's actually about an incident where the captain of a boat McCartney had chartered said he couldn't carry any weed. Paul responded by finding another boat.
  • We Used to Be Friends: A personal and professional relationship with Michael Jackson abruptly ended when Jackson bought the publishing rights to the Lennon/McCartney catalog.
    • While the common misconception is this, McCartney's reason for being angry at Jackson seemed to change from MJ "buying the rug he was standing on," to some of the choices he made in exploitation of the songs (e.g. putting certain Beatles songs in certain commercials) to simply not giving McCartney—one of the wealthiest men in showbiz—a raise in the royalties.
    • Paul and Linda's relationship with Denny Laine of Wings didn't end well, either, although Paul and Denny seen to have reconciled.
    • And, of course, Paul's relationships with the other Beatles melted down rather spectacularly in the late 1960s. They all later managed to patch up their differences to some degree following that, but there was reportedly never the same closeness.
  • Wig, Dress, Accent: During Beatlemania he took to wearing disguises so that he could wander the streets without being mobbed (and occasionally play pranks on the other Beatles and Brian Epstein). In one amusing incident, he was recognized by a bartender who wasn't fooled when Paul asked for "a drop o' the hard stuff" in an Irish accent. See also Paul and Linda incognito at a George Harrison concert.
  • Word Salad Lyrics: Paul was fond of these; "Junior's Farm" and "Jet" are two prime examples.
  • Write Who You Know: Among the persons "knocking at the door" in "Let 'Em In" are "Sister Suzy" (a nickname for Linda), "Brother John" (Linda's brother), "Brother Michael" (Paul's brother) and "Auntie Gin" (Paul's aunt).

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