Paul McCartney: ‘Criticism for ‘Kisses On The Bottom’ title reminds me of The Beatles’

Singer says he isn't worried because people mocked the Fab Fours' name, too

Paul McCartney says he’s ignoring criticism of the title of his new album ‘Kisses On The Bottom’ because it’s no different to how people used to mock the name of his old band, The Beatles.

McCartney, who released the LP earlier this week (February 6), told BBC Radio 2 that he stood by the LP’s cheeky name even though it had proved unpopular with some fans.

“I remembered people really sort of cringing when we told them we were called The Beatles. Everyone went ‘Ughh, creepy-crawly insects,” he said, before adding:

Then with [1967] album ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ everyone went, ”What!?’. I’m getting that feeling again – if we ever need to explain it you just say ‘kisses on the bottom of a letter’.

Last month (January 29), McCartney claimed that he wanted to create “mischief” when he decided on the LP’s title. “I like mischief,” he said. “It’s good for the soul, it’s always a good idea – if only because people think it’s a bad idea.”

Speaking of the reaction of his record label when he told them what he wanted the title to be, meanwhile, he added: “I made the suggestion and got this nervous text from the label which said ‘Paul, under no circumstances can we do this’. One of the guys said he felt like he’d been punched in the gut.”

‘Kisses On The Bottom’ is made up of songs McCartney listened to as a child as well as two new songs, ‘My Valentine’ and ‘Only Our Hearts’. It was recorded with producer Tommy LiPuma, Diana Krall and her band and also features appearances from Eric Clapton and Stevie Wonder.