Why Paul McCartney Felt He Could Write Beatlesque Songs After Wings Made ‘Band on the Run’

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Paul McCartney said the Wings’ “Jet” and “Band on the Run” changed the trajectory of his career. They gave him the confidence to write new songs similar to Beatles songs. Paul explained this change during an interview with One Direction’s Harry Styles.

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Paul McCartney explained his post-Beatles career start to Harry Styles

In a 2017 Another Man article, Styles and Paul interviewed each other. Styles asked Paul if it was hard to start making music without The Beatles. Paul said that initially he didn’t think too much about the style of music he was making. He said his album McCartney reflects this approach.

Then Paul’s attitude changed. “There was this difficulty – you think, ‘Well, now what am I going to do, just make records that sound like the Beatles? Or, am I going to try to go in a completely different direction and do something that really doesn’t sound like the Beatles? said Paul.

Paul initially decided to write songs that sounded different from the Fab Four material. “So we started the band Wings, and then I was just like, ‘Damn, I’m gonna write stuff I want to write and keep it separate from what the Beatles might have done with it,'” recalls Paul.

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Paul McCartney Says The Wings’ ‘Jet’ And ‘Band On The Run’ Changed His Career After The Beatles

Paul said “Jet”, “Band on the Run” and other songs changed the trajectory of his career. “Once that was established with a few hits of mine, like ‘Jet’ and ‘Band on the Run’ and things like that, then I thought it was OK to do some Beatles stuff again, because I had proven myself a point,” he recalls.

Paul then talked about his recent career. “These days I do a lot of things with the Beatles, it doesn’t matter anymore, I’m happy to do anything,” he said. “But at first it was a bit difficult, I have to admit.”

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How ‘Band on the Run’ and its Parent Album Happened in the US and UK

“Band on the Run” became a huge hit in the United States. It topped the Billboard Hot 100 for a week, remaining on the chart for 18 weeks in total. The song appeared on the album of the same name. Runaway group was an even greater success. It was No. 1 for four of its 120 weeks on the Billboard 200.

“Band on the Run” was also popular in the UK, although significantly less popular than in the US. Meanwhile, Runaway group was No. 1 on the chart for seven weeks. The album spent 124 weeks in total on the chart.

“Band on the Run” was a huge hit and Paul said it marked a turning point in his career.

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