Even Paul McCartney Knew Wings Could Never Be as Good because the Beatles

Even Paul McCartney Knew Wings Could Never Be as Good because the Beatles

Do you like the Beatles to Wings? Yeah, duh — even Paul McCartney is aware of that his first massive band far outstripped his second, as he has now admitted.

In an episode of the podcast McCartney: A Life in Lyrics on iHeartPodcasts, McCartney mentioned "Band on the Run," the title observe of Wings’ third album. He acknowledged that, even earlier than Wings started, he knew they’d by no means have the ability to equal the magic of the Beatles.

"A number of that is simply taking place in my very own thoughts. It’s not what anybody’s telling me," he mirrored. "I’m mechanically considering, ‘Well, the Beatles have been nice, so Wings is just not going to be as nice.’ My downside all alongside was: after the Beatles, who’s gonna be nearly as good as them? I sort of knew it could not occur."

Taking a barely extra optimistic outlook, McCartney continued, "I assumed, ‘Yeah, however we will be not because the Beatles, however we will be one thing else."

He acknowledged that it was troublesome to know he may by no means match the heights of the Beatles, however stated that he nonetheless had "reserves of braveness" from the times when the Beatles toughed it out as an unknown band.

Even if Wings by no means reached the celebrity or acclaim of the Beatles, they did discover success of their very own. McCartney famous, "I used to be speaking to a journalist as soon as about Sgt. Pepper, occurring about it as if he should admire it, and he stated, ‘Well, to inform you the reality, it was Band on the Run for me. It’s extra my technology.’ Band on the Run was his Sgt. Pepper."

McCartney added, "That has proved to be a really attention-grabbing truth through the years — that there are some individuals who really like what I did with Wings higher than the Beatles. There are some individuals whose very first thing they ever heard was ‘Band on the Run’ or ‘Jet’ or one thing that we did with Wings."

Hear the episode of A Life in Lyrics beneath.


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February 13, 2024 at 06:13PM

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