Oh, Not Whoa

Sometimes aesthetics call for an “oh” instead of a “whoa,” as in the chorus of this forgotten Wings song.  This overlooked album track is pretty good, with a good guitar riff, a decent enough hook, and some Stax horns.  Far better than this album’s single, “Listen to What the Man Said,” which is just dishwater.  The post-Beatles careers of Lennon-McCartney revealed that they needed each other, or at least assertive bandmates.

5 Replies to “Oh, Not Whoa”

    1. You’re right, and it occurs just when Paul is raising the intensity. So, based on rigorous observation, we can posit that Whoa = Oh2. Or perhaps even Oh3.

      I will be applying for a research grant to study this phenomenon further.

  1. Factoring in “yeah” as well as the modulation that clearly occured before “oh” became “whoa” in the subject song would require more complex mathematical modeling, and thus additional funding. Hopefully this important research will be generously funded by US taxpayers. Make room for Renfield at the public trough.

  2. One of my roommates in college had a 70’s-era greatest hits McCartney album that should have been called “Adventures in Treacle.” I was just like “no, no, maybe in small doses like that sublime transition in Band on the Run but generally no…”

    Anyway, I leaned hard into Plastic Ono Band, which remains my favorite non-Beatle Beatle output.

    I saw McCartney in concert much later. He was in his 60’s, I think, and still had a tremendous voice, and played all the instruments for three hours. It was just obscene: great song after great song after great song. Like, I knew he wrote them all, but just to keep going “oh yeah this one too” in my head was something.

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