• About

    MacAttack is a group of friends that gets together in Los Angeles and San Diego to play the music of Paul McCartney. MacAttack celebrates Sir Macca's solo work as well as the songs he performed with his legendary 70s band, Wings.

    MacAttack is dedicated exclusively to Paul's post-Beatles work, so you won't hear any Beatles songs, but you will hear songs by Paul's old Wings bandmates, Denny Laine and Jimmy McCulloch! MacAttack plays songs you might not hear at a Paul McCartney concert like "Junior's Farm," "Hi Hi Hi," and "Mull of Kintyre" to name a few.

    You'll find in-studio videos here of the band performing songs, as well as reviews of Paul's albums and more fun stuff as time goes by. Special thanks to everyone that chipped in to make it happen! We hope you like what you hear!

    Mike Simpson

    Mike Simpson

    MacAttack was conceived by Mike Simpson to showcase Paul McCartney's post-Beatles hits and gems from his extensive catalog. MacAttack covers McCartney's career from the early 70s to the present, playing authentic recreations of classics like "Maybe I'm Amazed" and "Live and Let Die" up to "Only Mama Knows."

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  • Discography

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  • Reviews

    McCartney

    When it first came out critics said that McCartney the album sounded a lot like a Beatles album and I agree. But calling the album “a mess” with a lot of “half-baked songs” and “one man jams” does it a huge injustice. It overlooks the album’s charm and Paul’s success in facing down the challenge of home-recording and having to do everything himself. He wrote, produced, engineered and played everything. (Linda helps out on harmonies). I also disagree that it sounds like a homebrew bootleg. The recording and production on “Maybe I’m Amazed,” “Every Night,” “Junk,” and “Man We Was Lonely” are excellent. McCartney still rates as one of my all time favorite Paul albums and it’s the closest post-Beatles album (notwithstanding Band on the Run) to being on par with a Beatles record.

    1. The Lovely Linda (0:43)

    Supposedly this was a test track Paul did to see if he could work his recording machine. Just bass, acoustic guitars and vocals. While it sounds like a knock-off there’s a lot here that I love. The song kicks off the album in a light-hearted, playful way, complete with giggle at the end. It’s as if to say "it's my show now and I’m having a great time."

    2. That Would Be Something (2:38)

    Another simple gem. Electric guitar, bass, acoustic guitar and drums. I always thought he was saying “reachin’ the fallin’ rain, mama,” but that doesn’t make any sense, does it? (Funny how these things stay with you all these years). A couple of things always stick out on this song – the drum, for one, which sounds like he threw a kitchen towel over a tom-tom and a cymbal that sounds like it came out of a toy drum set. He does a couple of other interesting things: clicking his drumsticks, and adding vocal percussion. It’s the only song I can think of where someone tries to simulate the sound of a drum and cymbal crash by singing it! I’m not sure exactly why he does it this way. Maybe he was short a drum kit and had to improvise. Anyway, it’s something of a first. Kind of like singing the bass line on “I Will.” As with “The Lovely Linda,” there are hardly any lyrics. It’s just a mood thing.

    3. Valentine Day (1:39)

    I guess this counts as one of those “half-baked” “solo jam” songs that the critics panned. I don’t care. Check out Paul’s loopy drum style and the way he plays the hi-hat which is absolutely unique.

    4. Every Night (2:31)

    A classic to me. I loved this song the first time I heard it. Brilliant in concept and execution. Simple melody and great lyrics. Paul’s vocal performance is absolutely perfect to match - from the warmth in his voice to the delivery which is spot on. The instrumentation is stripped down, just acoustic guitars, bass and drums but it comes together as a great band sound to my ear. He finally located a real drum kit for this song! The only question I have is the lyric that goes “And every day I wanna do, ooo, ooo”. I guess he had to come up with something to rhyme with “and every night that day is through.”

    5. Hot As Sun/Glasses (2:05)

    If this is a “half-baked solo jam” bring it on! I absolutely love this tune. It sounds like the soundtrack for a day at the fair. Brilliant instrumental melody line – absolutely infectious. The organ solo in the middle is great. Juxtaposed against this is the haunting, other-worldly sounding “Glasses” which sounds like it was lifted from the 2001: Space Odyssey soundtrack. A snippet of the unreleased “Suicide” brings things back home. “…song of ruin. I’d bet he’d say nothing doin”. I could never figure out what he was saying until I checked the web. God bless Google.

    6. Junk (1:54)

    Haunting and beautiful. Paul’s gift for narrative accounts of fictional characters (e.g., Eleanor Rigby, Lovely Rita, Desmond and Molly, JoJo) turns to forgotten castoffs in a junk store, achieving touching results by use of metaphor. “Buy, Buy, says the sign in the shop window, why?, why? says the junk in the yard.” Paul catalogs a whole lot of things here, much as he did in “Two of Us.” The song is so good he included two versions on the same record.

    7. Man We Was Lonely (2:56)

    Paul steals a page out of John’s playbook with this stripped down and nakedly autobiographical song. The difference between this song and, say, “How Do You Sleep,” contrasts his personality and style with John’s. Paul holds his bitterness in check. “I used to ride on my fast city line singing songs that I thought were mine alone.” And I like the grammatically incorrect song title which alludes to the hurt shared by both Paul and Linda. This largely overlooked song reminds me of how much mileage Paul got out of the simplest recording elements. The use of tremolo on the opening guitar line is brilliant as it is basic. Paul sings the first person lyrics; Paul and Linda sing the harmony together as a kind of a personal letter from both to the Lennons. As mild and inoffensive as the lyric is (“and we was hard-pressed to find a smile”), apparently it really pissed John off. Supposedly, George thought this was the highlight of the album. (I always thought George took John’s side.) Hmmmm.

    8. Oo You (2:48)

    Another personal fave. The track sounds like a garage band with a growling vocal. Paul always gets criticized for being too syrupy and MOR. But he can get down and dirty when he wants to: (“Helter Skelter,” “Why Don’t We Do It In the Road,” “Hi, Hi, Hi,” “Girls School”). Add “Oo You” to that list.

    9. Momma Miss America (4:04)

    “Rock and Roll Springtime, Take one.” This is really two songs in one, part one and two. Paul’s bass takes center stage on the first half, laying down a bouncing melodic line while a brittle, bar room sounding piano creates a backdrop to the tremolo guitar. Oddly atmospheric, the whole thing eventually morphs into a guitar jam. Paul’s clever experimentation with room tone and production is the best thing about the song.

    10. Teddy Boy (2:22)

    Can I just say for the record (no pun intended) that even Macca fans don’t have to absolutely love every song Sir Paul ever wrote? In spite of the time he spent working on this song during the “Let It Be” sessions, it failed to make it onto the album (it later surfaced on the Anthology album). Maybe John exercised his veto? Teddy Boy recalls Paul’s other fictional character accounts (e.g., Maxwell, Rocky Raccoon) that are plain goofy and fun, but this one never won me over. It’s the one song on the album that I routinely skip. Just saying.

    11. Singalong Junk (2:34)

    How do you improve on greatness? Play it one more time with even more feel. Stripped of lyrics, Paul revoices the melody with piano and electric guitar and creates another mood, even more plaintive than Junk 1 and achingly beautiful in its simplicity. The irony is that you wouldn’t want to sing along because the instrumentation is enough.

    12. Maybe I'm Amazed (3:50)

    The live version on Wings Over America is great, but I’ll take this one over that any day. I love the B3 organ. I love Paul’s voice. Never given his complete due as a lead vocalist, “the man of a thousand voices” packs a punch on this song. Combining pop, soul and R&B, he reaches into his Little Richard arsenal to deliver arguably the best vocal performance of his career. On display is a complete mastery of craft: simple production, great piano playing, Ringo-esque drumming, and signature guitar line. There isn’t one mis-step here. It still sounds fresh and amazing after a thousand listens.

    13. Kreen-Akrore (4:15)

    Quick! Name the final song on the album! Okay…it’s slightly unfocused and a little self-indulgent with two track drum solos, sporadic guitar playing and heavy breathing, but, c’mon, he gets a free pass on this one (and I still like it more than Teddy Boy).

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  • Live

    LOS ANGELES, CA

    05/18/2012

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  • Photos

    Band On The Run

    Paul in Concert

    Paul and Linda

    1976 Wings Over America Tour

    Paul Backstage with Ringo

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  • Videos

    Band On The Run

    Maybe I'm Amazed

    Live and Let Die

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  • Memorabalia

    Wings Over America Tour

    Wings Fun Club Newsletters

    News Articles

    Cover of Life 1971

    Magazines, Articles, and Tour Programs

    Rolling Stone Magazines

    Beatles Fan Club Magazines

    Magazines

    Wings Poster



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