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Ten great rock songs by Paul McCartney & Wings

In the more than seven years Wings was active as a recording band, the group released some great rock songs. Some of them widely known because they were released as a single, but also on Wings’ albums really cool rocking tunes van be found. Here my ten favorites, in chronological order:

Hi, Hi, Hi
A classic sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll song, released as a single in 1972. Because of the references to sex and drugs the songs was banned by the BBC. McCratney: "it is a bit of a dirty song if sex is dirty and naughty. I was in a sensuous mood in Spain when I wrote it".



Live And Let Die
This James Bond-theme was written in just a couple of hours and also the recording was done within a day. Since its release in 1973 Live and Let Die is a secure highlight in McCartney’s live shows. Covered by Guns N’ Roses in 1991.




1985
The somewhat bombastic final of Wings’ legendary album Band On The Run. The song always had been a kind of hidden gem of the album, but got a second live since it’s been added to McCartney set list in 2010.

Junior’s Farm
Guitarist Jimmy McCulloch makes his Wings debut with this 1974 single, which was the first release by Wings since the album Band on the Run. The song was recorded in Nashville, Tennessee, where the band stayed at a farm by Curly Putman jr. And that where’s the song about; although there were no Eskimo’s and seals at the farm.

Venus & Mars/Rock Show/Jet
Okay, it’s a bit of cheat, three songs, instead of just one. But the three together became the iconic opener of the Wings over the World Tour in the mid-seventies.





Beware My Love

Beware My Love is the only true rock song on the album Wings at the Speed of Sound (1976). The song was recorded with all the players playing together to achieve a live feel into the song. It was part of Wings’ setlist while touring the world in 1975/76. A very energic version is included on the live album Wings over America.



Soily
This song was part of Wings’ set list between 1972 and 1976. A studio version of Soily was recorded several times, but apparently not to McCartney’s content. Therefor only a live version got an official release. Soily is the final song of the live album Wings over America.



Girls School
A bit of a forgotten song by Wings, although it was double A-sided with the hit single Mull Of Kintyre, in 1977. McCartney singing about porn films: “Sleepy head, kid sister, lying on the floor, 18 years and younger, boy. Well she knows what she's waiting for.” This one really needs to be played live once.




So Glad To See You Here
Wings collaborating with a range of prominent rock artists like David Gilmour, Pete Townsend, John Bonham and Gary Brooker in a super band called Rockestra. They recorded two songs for the Back To The Egg album in 1979, Rockestra Theme and this raving one:



Spin It On
Wings going punk! Certainly one Wings’ fastest rock songs. Recorded for the Back To The Egg album, which is Wings’ most rocking album. Other great rocking ones from that album that could be on this list are Old Siam, Sir and Rockestra Theme.

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André Homan

André Homan is a Dutch writer and journalist.

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