PAUL McCARTNEY: A Lousy Lyricist?
He comes in 10th on a list of rock’s worst wordsmiths that also numbers Gene Simmons, Neil Peart and Jon Bon Jovi.
The folks at Yahoo Music have put together a list of the Top 10 Worst Rock Lyricists of All-Time and Paul McCartney, without question the world’s most popular and successful lyricist, is at number-10.
Writer Rob O’Connor argues, “McCartney chooses to be lousy. He’s smart enough to write something decent. But he’s lazy like a pothead.” As evidence, he cites “Live and Let Die” (“In this ever-changing world in which we live in”) and says “Sometimes you get so rich the rules of decent grammar never apply.”
Rush drummer Neil Peart is number-eight: “Peart doesn’t ever sing the lyrics. He hands them off to the bass player. Imagine how YOU would attempt [to sing] lyrics that often sound…[like] someone…writing school textbooks in his spare time.” The evidence cited is from “Tom Sawyer”: “Catch the witness, catch the wit, Catch the spirit, catch the spit.”
Gene Simmons is number-three: “It’s as if he aimed for the worst lyrics possible. First thought, only thought. Time is money. Get it over with and move on.”
Jon Bon Jovi is number-two: “Bon Jovi often wonders why he isn’t taken more seriously. The guy’s never met a cliché he couldn’t marry.”
The complete list:
- Alanis Morissette
- Jon Bon Jovi of Bon Jovi
- Gene Simmons of KISS
- Dolores O’Riordan of The Cranberries
- Trey Anastasio of Phish
- Gavin Rossdale – Bush
- Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes
- Neil Peart of Rush
- Paul McCartney