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Gimme Five: 1980s songs where Paul McCartney didn’t, you know, suck

Gimme Five: 1980s songs where Paul McCartney didn’t, you know, suck

Paul McCartney had always been cuffed around for the times when he got too cute or — worse, really — too domestic. Yet, until the 1980s, he’d always possessed an unerring sense of hitmaking magic.

The Ones – The Ones! (1966; 2013 reissue)

Now here’s an album I’ve been hearing about for years, but never actually heard. Rarer than a Bigfoot sighting, The Ones! (Gear Fab Records), which was initially called Volume One and pressed on the Ashwood House label in 1966

Bobby Whitlock and CoCo Carmel – Carnival: Live in Austin (2013)

Bobby Whitlock and CoCo Carmel – Carnival: Live in Austin (2013)

Something clicked with Bobby Whitlock connected with Eric Clapton, and their combined voices — as singers, and as writers — fired the blast-furnace of anguish and lust that was Layla.

Steely Dan Sunday, “What A Shame About Me” (2000)

Steely Dan Sunday, “What A Shame About Me” (2000)

<<< BACKWARD (“Gaslighting Abbie”) ||| ONWARD (“Two Against Nature”) >>> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** Here’s the setup: A self-pitying tale about a promising life wasted at the onset of middle age having chance encounter with an old flame who became rich and famous.

‘No, this is not happening': Ozzy Osbourne on the obstacles that nearly derailed Black Sabbath’s reunion

‘No, this is not happening': Ozzy Osbourne on the obstacles that nearly derailed Black Sabbath’s reunion

After so long apart, and so many aborted reunions, Ozzy Osbourne says that Black Sabbath’s sessions for 13 seemed at times once again to be doomed.

Shows I’ll Never Forget: Paul McCartney, July 16, 2013

Milwaukee, Wisconsin: After all these years, you’d think that Paul McCartney would find it difficult to surprise audiences anymore. Yet with each tour, he dusts off more Beatles and solo material and breathes new life into them.

‘I’m not interested in the past': Elton John insists his new T Bone Burnett project isn’t about reminiscing

‘I’m not interested in the past': Elton John insists his new T Bone Burnett project isn’t about reminiscing

Elton John, providing a sneak peek into his upcoming album The Diving Board, says he doesn’t know how fans will receive producer T Bone Burnett’s stripped-down, rootsy approach. “That’s part and parcel of the excitement,” he adds.

The Knack – Serious Fun (1991): Forgotten series

The Knack – Serious Fun (1991): Forgotten series

Summer 1979 saw the Knack scurry straight to the top of the charts everywhere with a song that remains the epitome of power pop holiness.

‘I thought they were going to take me with them!': Foreigner’s Mick Jones on meeting the Beatles

‘I thought they were going to take me with them!': Foreigner’s Mick Jones on meeting the Beatles

At just 19 years old, guitarist Mick Jones found himself opening for Beatles at the Paris Olympia as a sideman with Silvie Vartan. Before you knew it, they were drinking buddies.

‘I don’t think you look to repeat those things': Emerson Lake and Palmer provides high standard for Greg Lake

‘I don’t think you look to repeat those things': Emerson Lake and Palmer provides high standard for Greg Lake

Even as he acknowledges that Emerson Lake and Palmer’s first five albums were some of his best work, Greg Lake doubts that the creative stars will align like that ever again.