Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Cusp Song of the Day: Listen to What the Man Said

It pains me to admit it: While I'll always have a warm spot in my heart for Paul McCartney, since 1971 I've found his music mostly unlistenable. And if forced to pick a least favorite album, I'd have to go with Venus and Mars. The fact that "Listen to What the Man Said" went to number 1 in the summer of 1975 does not deter me from my conviction that the song is dreadful. The melody is weak, the lyrics are insipid, the sax feels pasted in and McCartney's voice sounds forced.

Sorry, but when it comes to pop icons, I have strong feelings. Don't get me started on Rod Stewart!

In Cusp, the song is on the radio as Patrick tells Karen he loves her. As she is about to respond, she says to herself, "Why is 'Listen to What the Man Said' by Wings playing? I’d rather say my first 'I love you' to some meaningful soundtrack, not that dreck." What a coincidence that she felt the same way about the song that I do!

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