The Beatles: Paul McCartney and Cheesy Songs

Paul McCartney, a prolific songwriter and a good bass player is also known for writing “cheesy” songs despite of his amazing talent. John Lennon hated Paul McCartney’s “granny” music and went far to not even participate in the recordin

Paul McCartney, a prolific songwriter and a good bass player is also known for writing “cheesy” songs despite of his amazing talent. John Lennon hated Paul McCartney’s “granny” music and went far to not even participate in the recordings of Paul McCartney’s songs. While in the Beatles Paul McCartney sang and composed numerous songs which can be considered “cheesy”.

Besame Mucho

             Besame Mucho was not composed by Paul McCartney and the Beatles, it was one of those cover songs. Paul McCartney sang with a funny Latino voice and even sang the language and instrumentation. Paul McCartney simply sang it with a "passion"

 Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da

            The idea of Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da came from one of Paul McCartney’s friends. We can hear cheesy sound effects in the song. John Lennon became furious with the song that he banged the piano and this creating the intro for the song.

 Your Mother Should Know

             The song is really cheesy as it imitates an old style of music in the 1920’s. TO make it even cheesier, the Beatles made a music video of them climbing down a staircase with matching dance steps and uniform. This was also one of the reasons for the “Paul is Dead” Conspiracies

Honey Pie

             Even though it is cheesy, it is one of Paul McCartney’s finest songs. It is a pastiche of Music Hall style. It paid tribute to the style by imitating the crackles of an old turntable playing an old record. The song featured matching strings like what you would see in a Frank Sinatra song.

Maxwell’s Silver Hammer

             The recording of Paul McCartney’s Maxwell’s Silver Hammer frustrated the other Beatles as it took 2 weeks to complete the recording. George Harrison played the bass instead of Paul McCartney.  Previous recordings were even cheesier aside from Bang! Bang! Paul McCartney also used Clang! Clang! Paul McCartney also apparently “sang” the electric guitar part.

Rocky Raccoon

             This track is not as cheesy as the others Paul McCartney songs, however since it is one of Paul McCartney’s Western Songs; it is considered a pastiche of the genre. The introduction to the song, Paul McCartney’s imitation of a Western accent proves this.

 Even though the songs are considered “cheesy” it doesn’t mean that the songs are not good, after all Paul McCartney wrote and sang them while the Beatles performed. Some people enjoy this kind of music from Paul McCartney. This is one of the things Paul McCartney is known for, to have cheesy music which is enjoyable as any type of music. 

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