All right, tell me: Who was the bastard who shared my playlist?
I’m not even going to talk to you disco haters. What the hell, it’s dance music to which you go and meet people to fuck. And we don’t like that?
And Rivkah, you’re only out of my crosshairs because you managed to pick the ONE Karen Carpenter hit which did the absolutely worst job of highlighting her talents.
As noted in the Carpenter link, taste is a funny thing and there’s no accounting for it - as we see here, many of these songs have their detractors and fans, as it should be.
But you Silly Love Songs haters, while I can understand not liking the song, rock and roll’s absolute, all-time, number one “Fuck You” song doesn’t need to be on any list with the word “worst” in the title… unless it’s “worst burns delivered by song” or something. I mean, the original sin was so minor, but Paul’s response?
He went scorched earth.
John makes another catty remark about Paul’s music. The comment is not original, surely not the first time John had said it nor the first time Paul heard it, but this time, Paul gets pissed. And his response is nuclear, one of the biggest bombs dropped in music history, a MOAB of musical “fuck you’s”, blasted out with all the power the 1976 music industry, and one of its top players, had to offer:
- He first writes a song which speaks directly to the two complaints John has about his music: sappy love songs written by a guy who pumps them out like a machine. Paul introduces his ‘fuck you’ with literal machinery noises, then goes for 6 minutes about how some people don’t like ‘silly love songs’, his bass playing some of the best in his career and making up about 24% of the songs appeal.
- The song goes to #1 in America and hangs around forever, it’s that fucking contagious. (Remember, Paul is pissed - he’s not going to “My Love” his response).
- It becomes the biggest hit of America’s Bicentennial Year
- Paul tours America, with Silly Love Songs highlighting the tour. He then releases the first triple-album to hit #1 on the Billboard Album charts, Wings Over America. Take a guess which song was used to promote it?
- Paul’s F You to John was voted by Billboard as the #40 song all-time on their latest list. John was #68 (“Starting Over”).
And to cap it off:
- The song did nothing in Britain. But this didn’t matter to Paul, for John was literally trapped in the United States, a man who… had he lived a normal life… would not have been able to escape his ex bandmate chirpily singing ‘screw you’ on a daily basis for about 8 months.
Absolutely amazing stuff.
All right, enough on that…
Lastly… guys and gals… good job on not bagging on Philly Soul or funk. I get that the Spinners and the O’Jays and much of Gamble and Huff are disco precursors (and Disco originated as a Philly movement, not a NYC one, but this isn’t the thread), but I’m reading the above and… other than some of the disco… I’m not seeing a lot of soul/funk music bashing, i.e., the music which would be played on Soul Train. Congratulations!