Originally posted by woogleuk
Brilliant thread and tribute to a great British band, however, please don't tell me you buy in to the McCartney death/replacement bollocks.....
It has to be one of the worst conspiracies ever, the evidence, although intriguing, is ridiculous!
Unless McCartney had an identical twin, it's a load of cack!
I can't help but wonder how deeply you've really read into the "paul is dead" theories and evidence.
I will admit that it can be a tough issue to wade through, and that some of the "evidence" out there is grasping at straws. But it's like any other
conspiracy theory.... Look around this place. You will see some theories that seem fairly plausible, with some solid evidence to back them up. And you
will see other theories that are absolute tripe, with the thinnest of speculations behind them. Even if you look only at one given theory or idea....
some members will post convincing pieces of evidence, or reasonable speculations... while other members
will try to stretch evidence to meet
their ideas, and point to things which are barely relevant. It is similar with the PID thing. And if you only took a cursory look, or only listened to
one or two people on the subject... you very well may have been entertaining one of the idiots without realizing there was something better to be
found right around the corner.
As far as his playing style and musical abilities-- some actually are of the opinion that his abilities declined after 1966. I disagree with this-- I
think Paul got better. However, I'm not sure how seriously I would take someone who said his writing style did not change. The last album on which
the "old Paul" supposedly wrote and played was what... revolver? And the next? Sgt Pepper, of course. If you don't think Pepper was a major stylistic
departure for the beatles, I'm afraid I'm wasting my time talking here, as you need a visit to the ear doctor, or shrink.
Furthermore, regarding the voice-- like the facial analysis presented by those two scientists in the Italian version of Wired magazine, several
recordings of Paul's voice were run through a spectral analyzer, and were determined to not belong to the same person.
And I think it's funny that you say "unless he had an identical twin" because not only does the facial analysis done by those scientists disagree with
your statement, but many people do not think "old Paul" and "new Paul" are identical. In fact, it wasn't just "pre 1966" and "post 1966" as I've
sloppily suggested in my posts (for brevity and ease of reading). But we're talking about a difference in appearance between the end of summer 1966
(the last time the supposedly "original" Paul was seen) and Fall / Early Winter of 1966-- a visibly different appearance in a month or two.
If you look at pictures taken just a few months apart, Paul's face appears to be thinner and longer
(You've been a naughty boy-- you let your
face grow long...) The droop in his eyes somewhat different. His earlobes different (attached versus un-) and suddenly sporting a mustache. (There
is a vid out there where you can see Paul from this period fixing what looks like a fake mustache.)
Paul was busted for pot in Japan. When this happened, there was supposedly an anomaly-- as allegedly his fingerprints did not match the prints that
were on file from the Beatles' previous touring there. Not sure how true that one is-- though this "fact" pops up quite a bit.
Anyway--- maybe all of that stuff
(and quite a bit more) is coincidence or explainable by some other, reasonable means. However, there are
still many album and song clues which point toward "something" going on with the Beatles. Some have suggested that the "Death Clues" actually point to
a symbolic, metaphoric death-and-rebirth. An initiation into the mysteries. Say what you like about "backmasking" but the Beatles were well-known to
play with reversed sounds in their songs as far back as Revolver. The cover for Sgt. Pepper is almost inarguably supposed to be a funerary scene. And
some of the instances of supposed reversed speech are quite interesting. Some are a bit muddy, and harder to hear... but you try making something
which sounds like a snappy pop tune forwards, and yet contains a crystal-clear message when played backwards as well.
I'd say they just about pulled it off with the "Sgt Pepper Inner Groove."
Although it's minorly disputed what that says when played in reverse, (Forward it sounds like "Never could see / be any other way..." repeatedly)
however, most of the guesses are similar enough. There is one which contains an obscene word, that I can't repeat here... but I find the other
interpretation to be far more interesting: "We'll all be magick supermen." (repeated)
One youtube film-maker tries to tie this to a claim that The Beatles were students of Nietzsche and were trying to "usher in" the Ubermensch.
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