My first real-time awareness to the stranger side of Paul McCartney was when Coming Up was released. I was about 12 and getting into pop music. At the time, I didn’t realise it was him and the song just grabbed me straight away. It’s *obviously* him, I realise that now – but without context and just hearing this immediately brilliant pop song on the radio stopped me in my tracks and it was brilliant to eventually find out the truth.
Temporary Secretary was from the sane album and sounds even less like him. And let’s be clear about this, the song is completely great. Could be Silicon Teens/The Normal, could be a Residents number (but the fact it’s got a tune rules that out), or “Weird!” Al Jankovic, or at a push Randy Newman or at an even bigger push Frank Zappa. But no – it’s everyone’s favourite scallly, aahr Paul.
So – what I would like you to post is Macca songs that don’t sound at all like him. Not the meandering sound experiments, but preferably songs that on first listen don’t make you think it’s him. I’m sure there are quite a few.