Paul McCartney Felt This Wings Album Was a 'Disaster' But Changed His Mind While Spending Time With David Bowie

Paul McCartney Felt This Wings Album Was a 'Disaster' But Changed His Mind While Spending Time With David Bowie

Paul McCartney gave the world many great albums with his band Wings. Despite this, critics weren’t always receptive to the band. Paul himself once thought one of Wings’ albums was a disaster. He later softened his stance on the album while spending time with David Bowie.

Why Paul McCartney thinks Wings is underrated

During an interview with Reverb.com, Paul said lots of listeners compared Wings to The Beatles. Paul admitted The Beatles were a difficult act to follow. Despite this, he said Wings is an underrated band.

“The interesting thing is that, looking back on some of the work, some of the stuff, it’s better than you think it was, but because it got such harsh criticism … from me,” he said. “The critics gave us a hard run, but I was particularly hard on us. I remember looking at a book, there was an album we did, I think it was Back to the Egg, which didn’t do well, and I remember thinking, ‘God, complete disaster.’”

The way the world reacted to Wings’ ‘Back to the Egg’

Just as Paul remembered, Back to the Egg became a success in the United States. The album peaked at No. 8 on the Billboard 200, staying on the chart for 24 weeks. Two of the songs from Back to the Egg hit the top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100: “Getting Closer” and “Arrow Through Me.” The former peaked at No. 20 while the latter peaked at No. 29.

Back to the Egg was popular in the United Kingdom as well. The Official Charts Company reports Back to the Egg hit No. 6 in the U.K. and stayed on the chart for 15 weeks. Three of the songs from Back to the Egg became minor hits: “Old Siam, Sir” and a double A-side of “Getting Closer” and “Baby’s Request.” The former song peaked at No. 35 in the U.K., while the latter two songs peaked at No. 60. While Paul initially viewed Back to the Egg as a disaster, it seemed to find an audience.

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