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Macca's Fireman

Sir Paul McCartney talks about his latest offering with cohort Youth
19 November 2008 - Fans of Paul McCartney will be able to get their hands on his latest experimental project next week.

The Beatles' legend has collaborated with Killing Joke bassist and producer Youth, under the alias of The Fireman.

"I just totally trust him, throw everything in the book at him," said McCartney about Youth, who prompted him to sing on their third offering.

The album, which is released on Monday 24 November, has already received rave reviews from Rolling Stone and Uncut magazines, The Guardian and Observer Music Monthly.

Of Electric Arguments, Sir Paul McCartney previously said: "The Fireman takes your hand and takes you through the blaze to places you didn't know you wanted to go."

However, he admitted to not taking that too seriously when chatting to 6 Music's Sean Keaveny.

"When I get asked, I tend to say stupid stuff like that," McCartney said. "You know in some ways it is true because if you haven't heard The Fireman you won't know, then you might like it, and I think it sort of grows on you. In some ways it's true but I was just asked to make something up. It was ever so quick."

Speaking about his working relationship with Youth, McCartney said: "Well I first met him because he was doing a mix of a track of mine and we just got to like eachother.

"He's an unusual kind of guy only in as much as he's very artistic. He likes painting, drawing, poetry, we like a lot of the same things, music obviously."
"We just made it up and my working relationship with him basically is, I do a load of stuff and he arranges it."
Paul McCartney

And in terms of their music making process, he went on: "We'll just chat about anything and then something will come out of it, maybe a memory of his or memory of mine and then out of that it will be like, 'What shall we do then?'

"I say I dunno, let me just do a bit of electric guitar or something, so we'll put down a little of that. Then I'll play some stuff and he starts to piece it together."

Their last album together, 1998's Rushes, was purely electronic and instrumental and McCartney explained how they got the lyrics together for this one: "What I do is a normal base and then I'll throw in all sorts of wonky stuff. On this album it was different, he started to say, 'Well, what about a bit of vocals.'

"So I said, 'Well I haven't got any words or melody or anything.' He keeps quiet and he knows I'll go, 'But I'll give it a try'."

The former Beatle says that writing with Youth reminded him of spontaneous theatre sessions: "It always reminded me of theatre workshops where you see them on the telly improvising, like Mike Leigh, where they've got no idea what they're gonna do but they're just making it up.

"So, we just made it up and my working relationship with him basically is, I do a load of stuff and he arranges it."

Thinking of Lennon

When listening back to his creations McCartney admitted to still wondering how the material would sound if he were still with The Beatles.

He said: "You reference most things you do, saying, 'Would that work with The Beatles, or would this be a good wing song? Would John like this? What would George play on this?'

"You do that, you also go, 'How would Elvis have sung it?' You do all those little thoughts because it's cheap."

Georgie Rogers

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fina man la, formerly a huytoner now buzzin 2 fec
good on yah there macca la youth as always been a experimenter as ave you. so its got to be a good ting!!! as well as the bass connection. get it on man

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