You go, Ray


THE KINKS frontman RAY DAVIES is desperate to see SIR PAUL MCCARTNEY move away from middle-of-the-road music and produce something extreme. The WATERLOO SUNSET rocker is convinced the former BEATLE is hiding behind a smokescreen and should either strip down his sound, or take it to the other end of the spectrum and collaborate with SIR ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER. Davies says, “I’d like to hear him stripped down musically, then maybe more of him could come through. “I still think there’s a camouflage there and I don’t know whether that’s intuitive or planned. I’d like to hear him sound like what he is, one of our great folk heroes. Let’s try to restore that. “Or he should work with Andrew Lloyd Webber: I really think that is the marriage I am waiting for. Get more real or go that far.” © contACTMUSIC.COM

That is the smartest thing I’ve ever heard said about Paul McCartney (musically anyway). Paul has always been at his best when the music is simple and the lyrics are cryptic (think “McCartney”, “Chaos”, or “Ram”). He falters when he overproduces and tries to write a story (with a few exceptions, such as “Eleanor Rigby”). But he also has the power to do something cheesy yet musically good, like a musical. Of course they’d still need to bring in Tim Rice because Paul could never write good enough lyrics on his own.

There have been rumors of Paul and Brian Wilson working on an album. I think that’d be brilliant, even lyrically. It better happen–it coudl be another “SMiLE.”

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