When Alan Partridge called Wings, “The band The Beatles could have been,” it was one of many lines designed to make him look a little bit clueless.
After all, Wings have long been a short hand for rock mediocrity. Massive in their day but critically derided in an era when rock journalists prized self conscious seriousness over McCartney’s melodic, genre hopping playfulness.
Yes, Paul struggled to follow The Beatle’s brilliance but so did everybody else. For decades. Wings nonetheless have a back catalogue littered with gems. We’ve picked out just ten of many for this list.
Most people know a handful of Wings songs. There was the glam stomp of Jet and multi-part majesty of Band On The Run. They were also responsible for Live and Let Die. The latter might be McCartney’s greatest ever love song. He was writing the best ever Bond theme and he let his wife do the middle eight.
Then of course there’s the mega-selling, bag-pipe spattered Mull of Kintyre and My Love a song that did Mccartney’s reputation as a wet balladeer no favours.
Even Macca himself struggles to fit many Wings songs into his epic live shows. But beyond the big hits there are b-sides, album tracks and singles that prove Wings are more than just a cheap punchline.
Chris Chopping is a writer, podcaster and stand up comedian. He’s 34 and still dreaming of a Diamond Dallas Page style later-life entry into the wrestling business. Eats too many carbs for that though. Follow him @MrChrisChopping on Twitter.