5 Things Paul McCartney Hasn’t Done But Should
Paul McCartney launches his “One on One Tour” on April 13 in Fresno, California. Including festivals, the legend has 25 shows on the docket.
When you attend one of his concerts, and hear him play some of the greatest music of the past 50 years, a thought might occur to you. That thought is “What has Paul McCartney NOT done?”
It’s easier to list the things Paul McCartney hasn’t done then it is to list the things he has. That may sound like a joke but it’s true. We should know because we did it.
Below is a list of five things Paul McCartney hasn’t done in his career—perhaps the greatest career any musician has ever had in the history of this planet. He hasn’t done the following things but we think he should. In fact, we hope he does these five things.
Paul McCartney Has Never Written A Broadway Musical
It seems natural that McCartney, perhaps the greatest songwriter of all-time, and one with a gift for melody, should pen an original Broadway musical. After all, the genre did wonders for Elton John’s career (see The Lion King and Billy Elliott) and those two guys from ABBA (Chess).
In the 1970s, Beatles songs were used for a musical documentary (All This and World War II) and a jukebox musical (Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band). Both were films and both were abysmal failures. In 2007, something similar was tried for the film Across the Universe. That project was better received.
None of those aforementioned projects were on Broadway and none contained original music.
McCartney’s Broadway connections are mainly through tribute shows such as Beatlemania and the far superior, Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles. Also, as a Beatle, McCartney did sing and record "Till There Was You," from The Music Man.
As every McCartney fan knows, he has written classical music including an oratorio and a ballet. So he’s written long works and he’s written for the stage. He just hasn’t written anything where characters sing their feelings.
Who knows why McCartney hasn’t written a Broadway musical? Perhaps he thinks of himself more as a rocker than as a composer.
Maybe the right story hasn’t come along or the right amount of zeros in a check. Maybe he’s fine with telling a story in a song but isn’t confident about telling a story with songs.
Hopefully, a Broadway musical is on his list of things to do. If Paul McCartney ever does write one, we are there.
Paul McCartney Has Never Had A Serious Duet With A Female Singer
You know those songs Paul sang with Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson? Well, Paul has never done something similar with a female singer.
Sure, Paul has sung with Linda. Female singers have used his voice in songs and covers. Yes, he collaborated with Rihanna but he didn’t sing with her and it wasn’t a duet (Kanye West actually sang with RiRi not Paul).
We also know that recently Paul sang “Get Back” live with Brittany Howard from Alabama Shakes.
So, in McCartney’s nearly 60-year career the most significant musical collaboration he’s had with a woman (minus Linda) is appearing in Tracey Ullman’s video to “They Don’t Know.”
Is Paul a misogynist? Assuredly he’s not. It is odd that he hasn’t sung at least one song with a female crooner. It is especially odd when you consider that the last 20 years women have dominated popular music.
Here’s hoping Paul does, someday soon, enter the recording studio with Lady Gaga or Beyoncé or Taylor Swift or Pink or Gwen Stefani or…
Paul McCartney Has Never Recorded A Country Album
Besides rock and pop, Macca has released albums in the genres of American standards, electronica, ambient, classical, jazz, and techno. It seems only logical that he would have made a country album too.
He has recorded country songs, “Rocky Raccoon” and “Country Dreamer” for example. In 1988, Macca recorded a song with Johnny Cash (before he came back into favor).
Macca is fond of first generation rock and roll (see the cover albums Choba B CCCP and Run Devil Run). This subgenre of rock isn’t country, but it’s close, much closer than the rock of the 1960s and 1970s.
Also, collaborators Ringo Starr and Elvis Costello have made country albums. A lot of British rockers from his generation are fond of the genre.
Maybe we’re wrong. Maybe Macca despises the twang of country music. Maybe he doesn’t look good in cowboy hats. Maybe he has an irrational fear of the banjo.
If Macca ever decides to hangout in Nashville and record a country album, we’ll definitely buy it. In fact, we can’t think of any genre—reggae, disco, polka—that we don’t want Macca to tackle with a LP.
Paul McCartney Has Never Scored An Entire Film Or Recorded An Entire Soundtrack
Sir Paul has co-scored a video game (Destiny). He has written songs for movies, most notably “Live and Let Die” (the greatest Bond theme of all-time), “Spies Like Us” (a very underrated track), “Vanilla Sky,” “(I Want to) Come Home” and “Twice in a Lifetime.”
Yet, he has never written the entire score, or produced an entire soundtrack, for a flick… with the exception of his film Give My Regards to Broad Street (1984). That soundtrack however contains little original work and is mostly made up of re-interpreted songs.
It will be very interesting to see how Sir Paul handles an entire movie and what he would create from scratch for that movie.
Unlike the Broadway musical entry on our list, this seems to be something McCartney just flat out doesn’t want to do. One can only imagine he’s been asked a bazillion times to score a movie. Who doesn’t want Sir Paul to write and record music for their film?
Bottom line, if there’s ever a movie with Sir Paul as musical director we’ll not only buy the soundtrack but tickets to the theater.
Paul McCartney Has Never Formed A Supergroup With 1960s Rockers
McCartney is so accomplished that even some of the things on a “list of things he’s never done” he has done. In 1978, McCartney recruited a bunch of famous rock musicians, including Pete Townshend, John Bonham, and David Gilmour, to record "Rockestra Theme" and "So Glad To See You Here.”
This supergroup was called Rockestra but the aforementioned songs were credited to Wings. You can hear the tracks on their 1979 album Back to the Egg.
Rockestra performed the song live at the Concerts for the People of Kampuchea in December of 1979. The song also won the Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance.
That’s just one song and a couple of performances. While you can make the case that he has done a supergroup comprised of 1960s rockers, we actually mean a full-fledge project. We’re talking about forming a supergroup, going into the studio, recording an album, promoting the album, and then selling concert tickets on a major tour.
There are a lot of 1960s rockers still out there from bands like Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, The Kinks, and Jethro Tull. Surely, McCartney knows them and surely they would welcome the chance to collaborate.
Think about this: The Who doesn’t have a drummer or bassist and The Beatles have only a drummer and bassist. It seems like a match made in rock and roll heaven.
Things Paul McCartney Has Actually Done
>>Hosted his own radio show (Oobu Joobu).
>>Ate celery as a percussion instrument.
>>Recorded under the name Percy "Thrills" Thrillington.
>>Recorded under the name Suzy and the Red Stripes.
>>Performed at The White House, Moscow’s Red Square, and Buckingham Palace.
>>Performed at The Super Bowl, the Summer Olympics, and the Academy Awards.