Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Paul's 'Good Evening New York' and John Lennon

The name and cover of Paul's new album is weird on all kinds of levels. The title contains the name of the the city where John Lennon was murdered. I know New York has a lot of other connotations and Beatle connections ('The Ed Sullivan Show', 'Shea Stadium'), but I think if you ask most life-long Beatles' fans over the age of 45, 'What Beatle memories do you have in regards to New York City', I think Lennon's murder is high on the list.

The cover is also odd.

I know it's supposed to convey a sense of Paul greeting the audience, or taking in their applause. But it's a very Christlike pose, and John has a lot of associations with Christ; the 'we're more popular than Jesus' remark, the 'Christ, you know it ain't easy' line in 'The Ballad of John and Yoko', and the fact that, like Jesus, Lennon was a peacenik who was murdered.

The cover also reminds me of the poster for Platoon where Willem Defoe emerges from the jungle, his armed stretched out, after being shot by a fellow soldier. Maybe I'm just being oversensitive, but did any of this stuff I'm talking about even occur to Paul or anyone involved in the artwork and title?


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