Paul McCartney has revealed that he wanted to create “mischief” when he decided to title his new album ‘Kisses On The Bottom’.
The singer, who releases the album on February 6, had previously said that the LP’s title is taken from the lyrics in jazz man Fats Waller‘s 1935 hit ‘I’m Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter’, which he covers on the album.
However, McCartney has now revealed that he also believes a little bit controversy surrounding an album title is “good for the soul.”
He told the Sunday Times when asked about the album title: “I like mischief. It’s good for the soul, it’s always a good idea – if only because people think it’s a bad idea.”
‘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 has been recorded with producer Tommy LiPuma, Diana Krall and her band and it also features appearances from Eric Clapton and Stevie Wonder.
The Beatles man also said that the album’s title didn’t go down so well with his record label when he told them about it and that they begged him to change it.
He said of this: “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.”
The tracklisting for ‘Kisses On The Bottom’ is as follows:
‘I’m Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter’
‘Home (When Shadows Fall)’
‘It’s Only A Paper Moon’
‘More I Cannot Wish You’
‘The Glory Of Love’
‘We Three (My Echo, My Shadow And Me)’
‘Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive’
‘My Very Good Friend The Milkman’
‘Bye Bye Blackbird’
‘Get Yourself Another Fool’
‘The Inch Worm’
‘Only Our Hearts’
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