Musings on the byways of popular culture
22/06/2018 by Native 83 Comments
Paul Wad says
22/06/2018 at 09:33
I cannot stand James Corden, but I really enjoyed that, thanks. Thing is, I bet he’s* pretty much lived his entire adult life like that, with crowds forming everywhere he stays still for two minutes. Must wear you out after a while. And I was a bit scared that the barber was going to, er, pull it off…
*McCartney, that is, not Corden. The only crowd I’d like to see form round Corden would all be holding sharp pointy implements.
Moose the Mooche says
22/06/2018 at 09:35
“Where to, Paul?”
“Can you take me back where I came from?”
22/06/2018 at 10:48
Too cringey. Had to bail out after a few minutes.
22/06/2018 at 10:52
Red light indicates doors are secured!
Junior Wells says
22/06/2018 at 13:39
A bit meh
I bailed after “this cannot be played in your region”
Harold Holt says
23/06/2018 at 04:56
Odd, played for me off the OP main blog page. Maybe it’s just Victoria…
22/06/2018 at 15:00
His hair looks to be quite well stuck on.
Rigid Digit says
22/06/2018 at 18:53
But a more natural colour than it once did
22/06/2018 at 15:47
Just posted this myself above – should have read on first. Corden is unbearable as ever, and Paul looks increasingly like Ken Dodd, but however much this was stage-managed it still brought a nostalgic tear to these cynical old eyes.
22/06/2018 at 16:24
I actually welled up a bit towards the end there, cynical auld baastit that I am and all.
Come on, he’s a fucking legend.
Archie Valparaiso says
22/06/2018 at 17:13
“The,” Moose, not “a”.
I’m relieved to see that the tide seems to be turning at last and all the “thumbs up!” pisstaking of the whiny, world-weary nineties and noughties is receding (not like his hair) and he’s being recognised for what he is: the British musician who has brought more joy and whose music has meant more to more people than any other in history. And on top of that – and, no doubt, the occasional bit of diva-ing notwithstanding (wouldn’t you?) – he does seem like an improbably decent bloke, considering.
22/06/2018 at 18:06
Everything fromt’ sixties has “the” in front of it.
Seriously, can we now put things in place to stop Macca from dying, like, ever? We’ve been caught napping too many times recently. It really would feel like the sun going out.
22/06/2018 at 18:38
He was born in 1942, now aged 76. How can that possibly be? Who knows where the time goes?
John Walters says
22/06/2018 at 19:01
You hit the nail smack on the head for me Archie.
The man has been omnipresent throughout my life and brought me so much pleasure during all those years.
I’ve seen Paul 4 times down the years, the last time being about 3/4 years ago at the Liverpool indoor stadium. Despite all the shouts that his voice had gone and he should retire gracefully, this was the best performance of the 4.
On stage for 3 solid hours, knowing and singing along to every song that he sang. He was 72 at the time, was on stage the whole time and didn’t flag once.
There was definitely a tear in my eye during the pub band sequence.
Looking forward to hearing his new album.
23/06/2018 at 14:01
“Hur hur yebbut what about the frog song hur hur!” Twats who keep going on about stuff like that deserve to be boiled in oil, they really do.
23/06/2018 at 14:04
I say Mr Mutt, you’re on feisty form this fine summer’s afternoon!
Uncle Wheaty says
22/06/2018 at 17:47
He is the man. That was marvellous.
Any bitchy comments are hard to understand imho.
Vulpes Vulpes says
22/06/2018 at 18:24
Top fun. Wish I’d just popped into the Phil for a quick one that day. Haven’t had a pint in there for yonks.
Tony Japanese says
22/06/2018 at 18:47
I like both James Corden and Paul McCartney and make no apologies for doing so. Having said that, I enjoyed it more for the reactions from the people he met – especially the woman in the barbershop and the curator of 20 Forthlin Road.
22/06/2018 at 19:13
James Corden remains a first class cock.
Macca looks more relaxed and natural than recent times – like he’s “being” Paul, rather than “playing” Paul
22/06/2018 at 19:23
Agree about JC, but in this context he does seem to be very good at relaxing these stars to the extent that we see them properly having fun.
Everybody loosens up for a first-class cock, it would seem.
22/06/2018 at 19:24
Well. My cynical, cold heart has melted. I’ll be buying the new album.
22/06/2018 at 19:28
What? You didn’t like the last one? It was the second-best “album by an old geezer” of 2013…
22/06/2018 at 22:55
ooh, I dunno. I thought Rod and Elton also bettered Macca in 2013* (I presume you are referring to Bowie as the other oldie). I think Elton has been on an incredible run of albums since the Ryan Adams-inspired Songs From The West Coast rejuvenated him.
*I can give my opinion on this with some confidence, as I’ve done 2013 in my ‘ranking all my albums per year’ project. I placed Macca’s New, ahem, 114th, one above The Blow Monkeys and one below Daft Punk. I’ve also got Nick Lowe, Elvis Costello, Karl Bartos and Black Sabbath higher than Macca, although they are a few years behind in the old geezer stakes In fact, I also have John Foxx considerably higher (18th, in between Boards of Canada and Sigur Rós) and I was shocked to read that he’s the grand old age of 70 in a recent Classic Pop magazine.
Blue Boy says
22/06/2018 at 23:26
I disagree – New was in my top 10 that year and I think it’s probably the one I still play most often; i think it stands up really well.
The carpool Karaoke was great – for sure it was staged but lovely nonetheless.
23/06/2018 at 00:47
New is (in my opinion, and I often wrong) one of Macca’s best
23/06/2018 at 00:29
Maybe its because I see very little of Corden but I reckon he is really good as in amusing and well rehearsed with these karaoke things.
People say he is a cockhead but what is the reason for the invective?
23/06/2018 at 20:53
My thoughts exactly! He’s unknown to me but seems really engaging and intelligent and likeable.
AND, I’ve been known to slag off Macca but he had been hugely important my whole life and I’m glad he’s still doing it
24/06/2018 at 17:53
I’ll do my usual bit here and say having seen him live twice I think he’s great. Can sing, dance and has natural comedy timing. Don’t get all the haterz.
Black Celebration says
23/06/2018 at 01:26
Very well done. I’m not sure I have heard that story from McCartney himself before about Let it Be. Or the rendition of his first song.
Amazing that he still attracts Beatlemania-type attention at the age of 76. Amazing.
23/06/2018 at 16:49
He did I Lost My Little Girl on his MTV Unplugged show. It’s on the CD of the show too. Not the best song of his career, but had the Beatles released it in 1964 I’m sure it would have got to number one!
Dr Volume says
23/06/2018 at 02:17
It was fun – clearly massively staged and planned – I can’t believe for one second those people just happened to be sat in the Phil and Macca, his full band and all their technical backline never mind the kit the TV crew need appears from behind a curtain. The whole shtick with putting songs on the jukebox was a bit of acted out fluff -but that’s TV innit. I thought Macca seemed oddly unmoved to be back in his old house didn’t cha think -he said he’d never been in since the 60s so seems he’s not checked over it since it became a tourist attraction so I wonder what he thought of the restoration (don’t remember that drum kit being there…)
Apart from that, it was great, it sold, it got 5 million plays on YouTube it’s bloody Paul McCartney on Carpool Karaoke…shut up.
23/06/2018 at 05:21
They’d have known something was going to happen behind a bloody great curtain, but I have no doubt they hadn’t a clue it was going to be him turning up – basically the place was less than half full, and the looks of surprise on their faces. Staged yes, but huge surprise also.
I got some grit in my eye pretty quickly too. That was an amazing bit of telly.
No-one seems to know who Corden is, even after Gavin and Stacey.
Martin Hairnet says
23/06/2018 at 05:48
Good point about Macca’s reaction to his own house. I felt that too. Was that his actual furniture, or has the house just been restored to a generic 1950s style?
Arthur Cowslip says
23/06/2018 at 06:56
It’s been restored, but not generically – they’ve tried to match it as best they can, I believe. Same with Mendips.
I did the tour of them both a few years ago, and visited the Casbah on the sane day. ‘Teas a brilliant day.
It’s very moving to see him visit his old house, and I’m sure he was moved as well even if this didn’t come across on camera.
23/06/2018 at 09:48
Me and Mrs M did the two houses a couple of years ago. Highly recommended.
Without wishing to let the light in on magic, the guide said that Macca has been to Forthlin Road quite a few times since it opened, but perhaps not for a while. Mendips is an incredible time capsule – you wouldn’t have to be a Fantabs fan to be charmed by it.
MC Escher says
23/06/2018 at 06:09
Well that was wonderful and quite moving. I was thinking while watching that he’s been part of my life all my life (a family joke at get-togethers is me sitting on the stairs age three singing along to the Fabs with an imaginary guitar). Any naysayers – don’t think there are any on here, but still – can do one. One day he’ll be gone. Imagine that.
23/06/2018 at 06:19
The thing with Corden is that when he got famous he fell in love with himself big time, and naturally that came across. Now he’s calmed it down to a normal showbiz level of self-regard but people find it hard to forget their first impressions. In that clip he seemed genuinely happy and… genuine. The bit in Let It Be was lovely.
Lodestone of Wrongness says
23/06/2018 at 06:50
Bri he says “What a rollercoaster of emotions that brought. My face hurts from grinning and crying. Maybe I’m amazed. You bet I am. Holy shit.”
23/06/2018 at 07:01
I always found it curious that, for all the eulogising of Liverpool as the birthplace of the Beatles and all that, the Beatles themselves never really bothered to go back there so much in later life.
Not having a dig. I suppose it’s quite natural that you want to fly away into the world (especially when success beckons) and never look back. In the times I’ve visited Liverpool it’s always hit me, that feeling of us all trailing in the Fabs’ wake and preserving their origins, when they themselves really couldn’t care less.
23/06/2018 at 08:09
Ringo appeared as an ambassador for the City Of Culture, coincidentally promoting his new single, Liverpool 8 (Ringo was brought up in Toxteth). However, in a radio interview with Jonathan Ross, he said there was nothing he missed about Liverpool. Of course, there was an outcry, eagerly reported by the Liverpool Echo. Among the multitude of reader comments, one posed the question, “If you were loaded, would you live here?” To which there was no reply.
Liverpool declined rapidly from the late fifties to the early eighties, losing a third of its population. It seems The Beatles weren’t the only ones moving on and never looking back.
23/06/2018 at 08:41
I like that part of the world, especially the coastline north of Liverpool – Crosby, Formby, Southport. Of course there are plenty of grim parts, but having experienced both, I’d take the North West over Los Angeles any day.
23/06/2018 at 09:28
Hear Hear Martin !!
Everybody knows that Manchester is the centre of the universe.
23/06/2018 at 10:22
Liverpool, like Manchester has come a long way in the last 30 years. I’m in Manchester today looking at Uni with my son and it’s lovely. Compared to the late 80s it’s a different place.
26/06/2018 at 21:12
I think there was some difference in social background with John and Paul; George and to a greater extent, Ringo which to some degree may have affected their perceptions of the city in later life.
I’m no expert but I believe Paul owned a house on Merseyside for many years and has been actively involved with the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts. Yoko and Sean were at the Museum of Liverpool in the last month for the opening Double Fantasy exhibition and made a visit to John’s home.
23/06/2018 at 07:35
That was simply one of the most joyous things I have ever seen – nary a dry eye in this house. Never understood the dislike for Corden, his talk show is up there with Letterman and Co and he always seems to be genuinely starstruck when meeting his musical heroes “I can’t believe this is really happening”.
Top blokes the pair of them
23/06/2018 at 10:01
It’s a shame Lou Reed isn’t around. He’d be a challenge for Corden.
“Don’t talk while I’m driving.”
“Where do you score in this shithole town?”
“Are we nearly there yet?”
“Shut the fuck up.”
23/06/2018 at 08:02
I really liked that. I think Corden’s enthusiasm is genuine, or at least genuinely faked, and he’s a brilliant harmony singer. Wouldn’t you be pop-eyed with joy if you were doing Beatles hits in the car with Sir Paul?
Macca’s done well to stay anything like normal. If his only connection with ordinary people is ‘Love you Paul / my brother’s named after you/ we played your songs at my dad’s funeral’ – I mean, how do you respond to that, every day for 50 years. As he leaves the house he says ‘We’re keeping moving’ and it’s as much an instruction to his team as an apology to the fans.
He doesn’t half gurn, though. For such a famous person he really doesn’t seem to know what to do with his face.
The concert of the end’s a bit yucky. The perfect demographic of the audience, the camera catching the first person to jump to their feet, the other camera out in the corridor to catch people running in… yeah, spontaneous, that’s how it happened.
23/06/2018 at 08:20
I think Cordern’s beaming enthusiasm made it.
I’ve been watching some outtakes from the Wings Over America film on Youtube this week. The difference in Macca’s approach to the press and media then and now is startling. In the 70s, The Fabs legend was still up for grabs. In media interviews, McCartney frequently appears insouciant, loose and sometimes quite stoned. He is completely unburdened by legacy issues. I’m not sure when all this changed, but the big interview he did for Q1, which appeared in September ’86 was a marker.
23/06/2018 at 08:59
sometimes quite stoned
23/06/2018 at 09:14
It’s more than that. It’s about a conscious decision to curate a legacy.
Macca’s been a stoner most of his adult life, and despite giving the impression in recent years that it’s all behind him, I’m not altogether convinced.
23/06/2018 at 09:25
I meant that loose laid back demeanour in interviews. He may well still be on the choof but probably not for media stuff.
H.P. Saucecraft says
23/06/2018 at 10:11
Ooh, he does look old.
Very true. And I think that’s why he gurns. Those apple cheeks have slipped.
23/06/2018 at 12:05
Here he is, mingling with the likes of us back in the 80s.
23/06/2018 at 14:06
The way that he winks at 0.56 his Essence of Macca. Bless him.
23/06/2018 at 16:16
God, he was cute!!!
I’ve often wondered if growing old is particularly hard for those who were truly beautiful in their youth. If so, he seems to be handling it well.
BTW, that new song, I Don’t Know, is wonderful. It has the same effect on me as much of Flaming Pie – it just makes me tear up and I can’t say exactly why. It seems to exude the same sense of good will (? love? kindness?) that I find very touching.
23/06/2018 at 16:38
Smashing tune !
25/06/2018 at 14:02
Yes – very good choon, Love the scottie in the vid.
Lando Cakes says
23/06/2018 at 13:47
Well, that was just blooming lovely.
23/06/2018 at 15:10
My old friend Ben was watching that clip earlier and had this to say about The Philharmonic.
“That was the pub where I accidentally left a loaf of my mother’s home made bread in 1973. When I phoned up to ask if they still had it they said no, the bomb squad had destroyed it.”
23/06/2018 at 15:15
Well Chuck D does like a bit of toast.
23/06/2018 at 15:45
Also, the gents toilets are spectacular, dating back to the days when men were gentlemen. So spectacular, it wasn’t unusual for a lady to pop her head round for a gander.
23/06/2018 at 17:06
…only to find them ferociously bumming each other.
23/06/2018 at 17:21
More than that, I’ve been photographed standing at those ruddy urinals. I was quite shocked and may have offered a few words of advice to the old bloke about where he should put his camera. He just came in and started snapping. As he didn’t have a zoom lens attached, I presumed it was the decor he was interested in rather than anything I had to offer.
23/06/2018 at 17:24
He wouldn’t have needed that zoom lens and you know it, feller!
25/06/2018 at 13:02
They are truly spectacular, indeed. I am planning a return visit next week.
26/06/2018 at 21:22
You sure you can hold on that long?
26/06/2018 at 21:33
What time? I’ll join you.
26/06/2018 at 21:52
He’s an Afterworder – it could be any time.
26/06/2018 at 22:16
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23/06/2018 at 21:57
Played for the benefit of the kids.
On Blackbird – “Ooh! That’s in Boss Baby!” and “it’s a beautiful song”.
On Macca’s comment that last time he was there (Penny Lane) nobody noticed him. “Well, he wasn’t with James Corden that time!”*
*note to self, James Corden might be more famous than Paul McCartney to nippers.
24/06/2018 at 09:08
I find Corden’s desperation for attention as irritating as anyone, but I enjoyed that. I like the idea that the coach which is right behind them is quite possibly a Beatles tour which had no idea who was in the car in front.
25/06/2018 at 00:44
A few civilians, including media types, seem to be ooh-ing and aah-ing about the story of how Macca came to write Let It Be, as if it’d never been told before. Surely it’s been common knowledge for years…?
25/06/2018 at 00:58
I mentioned that too up there. I am by no means an authority on all things Macca, but I was aware the song came from a dream about his mum. I just struggle to recall him willingly discussing it in the way he does here.
25/06/2018 at 16:15
I think McCartney has really loosened up in recent years. He used to appear rather insecure and worried about keeping relevant and trying to keep some distance from the “Was A Beatle” thing. Feeling overshadowed by the Lennon-worship (and Lennon’s dumb snarkiness) and fretting about whether his albums were being outsold by Elton or Bowie and so forth.
These days I think he’s more accepting of his legacy and enjoying it for it’s own sake. And he’s still creating too.
25/06/2018 at 13:04
I finally had time to sit down and watch this yesterday. It was wonderful and slightly moving. The fans outside his old house (which I have visited) seemed genuine, but the show in the Philharmonic was obviously all set up for television.
25/06/2018 at 13:20
Like what someone said above – the people in the pub must have known something was going down, perhaps a documentary on loos or something, but unless they were all paid actors the Maybe I’m Amazed looks when the curtain opened were real even to this old cynic’s eyes
25/06/2018 at 13:47
Don’t think so. Apparently one of the “surprised punters” is on Macca’s security staff.
25/06/2018 at 14:18
Stop it. next, you’ll be telling me the Wizard Of Oz is just a small man.
25/06/2018 at 14:33
Pay no attention to that Moptop behind the curtain.
26/06/2018 at 22:53
But some of the audience look decidedly unmoved sort oh yeah who is this bloke ? Usually with set up audiences they all over egg it.
Couple of interesting things about CPK here
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