1 rock star stole the Beatles’ ideas before working with Paul McCartney
The Beatles influenced many classical rock musicians, however, this influence was taken even further. A famous rock star admitted to Rolling Stone that he had “stolen” a number of Beatles riffs. Here’s what he said about The Beatles – and here’s a look at his collaborations with Paul McCartney.
This classic rock star paid a moving tribute to the influence of the Beatles
Rolling Stone has released their list of The Beatles’ 100 Greatest Songs. It includes many famous songs such as “I Want to Hold Your Hand” and “A Day in the Life”, as well as less important songs like “I’ve Got a Feeling”. Plus, it starts with an introductory essay that reveals something very noticeable about a talented rock star.
Elvis Costello wrote the essay, in which he discusses the influence of The Beatles on other bands. “The word ‘Beatlesque’ has been in the dictionary for quite some time now,” he noted. “You hear them in Harry Nilsson’s melodies; in Prince’s Around the world in one day; in the hits of ELO and Crowded House and in the ballads of Ron Sexsmith. You can hear Kurt Cobain listened to the Beatles and mixed their ideas with punk and metal…. The scope and license of White album allowed everyone from OutKast to Radiohead, Green Day and Joanna Newsom to unfold their image on a larger and bolder canvas. He also noted The Beatles ‘influence on one-shot wonders like “Shake Some Action” by Flamin’ Groovies and “Lies” by the Knickerbockers.
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Elvis Costello reveals what it was like working with Beatles’ Paul McCartney
Additionally, Costello discussed the influence the Beatles had on himself. “Now, I admit that I stole my share of licks from the Beatles, but around the turn of the 90s I was able to co-write 12 songs with Paul McCartney and I even dared to suggest that he do also reference to some of the Beatles. “Harmonic signatures – because, surprisingly, he had invented another musical vocabulary for Wings and during his solo career,” he recalls. Costello seemed to refer to the Costello Album, also known as The McCartney / MacManus collaboration. This album is a collaborative album between the two artists that was never officially released – although some of his songs were released later.
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The most famous song to appear on the Costello Album is “My Brave Face”. The collaboration between the two artists reached No. 25 on the Billboard Hot 100, remaining on the charts for 10 weeks. “My Brave Face” was also successful in the UK, as The Official Charts Company claims to have reached 18th place in this region. It would be Paul’s last top 40 hit until he worked with Kanye West on “Only One” decades later. While Costello stole some of the Beatles’ ideas, that didn’t stop Paul from working with him and creating a hit.
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