- Audio CD (July 23 1996)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Indent Series
- ASIN: B000005JJN
- Other Editions: Audio CD | LP Record
So much of the criticism thrown at Wild Life is misinformed nonsense based on false history (i.e., Lennon was the "real" genius) that even the major music press abandoned fifteen or twenty years ago (when they realized they were wrong).
To criticize "Bip Bop" because it doesn't have many lyrics is ridiculous. What about "Why Don't We Do It In The Road"? Oh, but since that fell within the time frame of 1962-1970, it is protected under the Beatles umbrella and seen as the wonderful piece of silliness that it is and that it was meant to be. To criticize "Bip Bop" because the words are nonsense syllables is even more ludicrous. Would you criticize "Be Bop A Lula" or "Tutti Frutti"? I didn't think so.
Wild Life is an album built on simple pleasures and raw passion. It's about the appealing home-y sentiments and gorgeous pop melodies (some of the best Paul has ever written) of "Tomorrow" and "Some People Never Know". It's about Paul's absolute throat-shredding vocal performance on "Wild Life". It's about the quirky reggae cover of "Love Is Strange" which sounds like nothing so much as the Raincoats (look it up, kids). It's about the wonderful screaming session called "Mumbo", in which the lyrics are a series of flexable phonetics instead of actual words (beating Nirvana and R.E.M., who tried similar things on "Endless, Nameless" and "Tourettes" and Murmur respectively, by 20-odd years). It's about the willingness to sing a love song as twee as "I Am Your Singer" without fear (Jonathan Richman, anyone?). It's about the stark emotion of "Dear Friend" (if Neil Young had written it, it would be hailed as the classic that it is).
Don't believe everything you're told. Wild Life is waiting to be rediscovered, as is McCartney's entire solo canon. And it's going to be someday. And I'll be there to say "I told you so".