Let Me Roll It - Fiona Apple w/ The Roots (Paul McCartney and Wings cover)
A certain kind of youthful snobbery—that I’m none too proud of nowadays—led me to steer almost entirely clear of any music Paul McCartney made post-Beatles for a long, long time. I knew a handful of songs, but that was it, and for many years I convinced myself (with little research of any kind) that John Lennon was the only Beatle who made any kind of decent music after the band’s demise.
Thankfully, George Harrison opened my eyes around 1999 or so, when I stumbled onto All Things Must Pass and quickly became obsessed with it. But I still held out this weird anti-McCartney thing that kept me from most anything Wings or solo-related. Then, only last year, that final stupid mental ice block began to melt and I’ve been pouring over his 1970s stuff and realizing that, Lennon’s dismissive comments aside, a lot of it was actually really great.
For example, this song. And Fiona, with the help of The Roots, knocked it out of the park.
Earlier today, director Paul Thomas Anderson (Magnolia, Punch-Drunk Love, etc) uploaded to YouTube a copy of the original and never-aired pilot he directed for a Jon Brion variety show type thing for VH1 back in 2000. The nearly 45 minute pilot features, among other things, several performances from Elliott Smith - including absolutely gorgeous renditions of The Kinks’ “Waterloo Sunset” and John Lennon’s “Jealous Guy”. Honestly? Crying a little bit over here.
“As businesses, Pandora and Spotify are divorced from music. To me, it’s a short logical step to observe that they are doing nothing for the business of music— except undermining the simple cottage industry of pressing ideas onto vinyl, and selling them for more than they cost to manufacture. I am no Luddite— I am not smashing iPhones or sabotaging software. In fact, I subscribe to Spotify for $9.99 a month (the equivalent of 680,462 annual plays of “Tugboat”) because I love music, and the access it gives me to music of all kinds is incredible.
But I have simply stopped looking to these business models to do anything for me financially as a musician. As for sharing our music without a business model of any kind, that’s exactly how I got into this— we called it punk rock.”