Synopsis:

In this episode we discuss what we believe are Paul McCartney's best songs since the year 2000. We delve into all of his studio albums of the last 17 years (Driving Rain, Chaos and Creation in the Backyard, Memory Almost Full, and New) and we analyze the ten best songs. 


Sources:

Du Noyer, Paul. Conversations with McCartney. New York: Overlook Press, 2015.

Gilbert, Pat, "Don't Look Back in Anger," Mojo, issue 240, November 2013.

Harry, Bill. The Paul McCartney Encyclopedia. London: Virgin Books, 2002.

Hiatt, Brian, "Paul McCartney: Yesterday and Today," Rolling Stone, issue 1151, March 1 2012.

Perasi, Luca. Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013). Milan: L.I.L.Y., 2013.

Shenk, Joshua Wolf, "The Power of Two," The Atlantic, July/August 2014.

Sounes, Howard. Fab: An Intimate life of Paul McCartney. Cambridge: Da Capo Press, 2010.


Nigel Godrich (Chaos and Creation's producer) played tape loops while McCartney performs "How Kind of You":


Paul discusses his inspiration behind "Early Days":


Johann Sebastian Bach's "Bouree in E Minor" was the inspiration behind McCartney's "Blackbird" and "Jenny Wren":


The song "Smile" (composed by Charlie Chaplin with lyrics by John Turner and Geoffrey Parsons), was inspiration behind McCartney's "Too Much Rain":


George Harrison's "Cheer Down":