Coachella 2009: Is Wings due for reconsideration?
We never thought we'd say this on Pop & Hiss, but man were we glad to hear some Wings tonight. Debate will likely rage on these pages as to the merits of Macca's song selection, but let me tell you that more than a few Phissers hoisted our cocktails high when he opened with "Jet," of all things. And because nothing says "trend story" like what a writer's immediate circle of friends are up to, it seems every party I go to these days, someone's whipping out a copy of "Band on the Run" and defending late-period McCartney records as hidden jewels if you just follow his goofball lead.
So, here's a hypothesis. Among the twenty-thirty-somethings who care about such things, is Wings the new classic-rock band that finally tips over from tongue-in-cheek karaoke fodder to serious influence? It happened with Journey a few years ago, before "The Sopranos" jacked "Don't Stop Believin,'" and after the well-received McCartney set here, I can very easily see Amoeba getting cleaned out of used Wings LPs come Tuesday. The gathered masses just went ballistic for "Live & Let Die," and if the kids can resurrect "Ram" as misunderstood genius, is Wings worth a similar re-consideration? If you surrender to Late McCartney cheese, does it turn out to be a fine vintage?
-- August Brown
Photo: Spencer Weiner / Los Angeles Times