Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Spin It On by Wings

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"Spin It On" by Wings.

"Spin It On" is late Wings, and how you view that depends on your particular musical tastes. "Spin It On" is the third full song on "Back to the Egg," a concept album that didn't really play well (no pun intended). Paul is trying something different as usual, and, as later events suggest, he apparently was growing bored with the limitations of Wings. Paul wrote "Spin It On" in Scotland and appears to give a nod to then-popular punk and new-wave influences. The concept of "Back to the Egg" is that someone is spinning the radio dial and getting different kinds of music. Another song with a similar vibe is "Old Siam, Sir," so apparently whoever was flipping the dial landed on the same station twice. "Spin It On" became the B-side to "Old Siam Sir" in the United Kingdom and to "Getting Closer" in the United States, but the singles are little remembered because they did not do particularly well by Wings standards.

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Paul McCartney and Denny Laine on the "Spin It On" video.

My take on "Spin It On" is that Paul is trying a Van Halen vibe since that band was very popular in the late 1970s (and in some quarters still is). "Spin It On" didn't really fit well with Wings with its heavy rock vibe, but, well, nice try! The failure of the "Spin It On" single(s) basically spelled the end of Wings, though nobody could see that at the time. As with many McCartney misfires, Paul hasn't done much with "Spin It On" since its singles. "Spin It On" was not included on the "McCartney Years" DVD set, for instance. However, as with virtually every Paul song, there are some who love "Spin It On" and call it one of their favorite McCartney songs, and that's understandable for those who like the punk-rock kind of songs. If you want proof that Paul McCartney can "handle" punk rock, here it is, but it doesn't seem to be his cup of tea.

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