Paul McCartney was an integral part of the hitmaking machine that was The Beatles. His musical career post-Beatles was just as successful. Sir Paul and his band Wings soared to phenomenal pop music heights in the 70s and 80s. Of their multitude of hits, "Listen to What the Man Said" is one of their effervescent best. From their 1975 Venus and Mars album, this love song about a soldier missing his sweetheart is as refreshing as an ice cold pop on a warm summer day. It evokes the pure joy of being alive.
"Listen to What the Man Said" was a Billboard Hot 100 #1 hit and was written by Paul and Linda McCartney. While the lyrics initially seem pretty evident, some speculate that "the man" mentioned in the lyrics might be Jesus, not the soldier. However you interpret it, this song makes it clear that love makes the world go 'round. The 70s was a golden decade of music, full of songs with easygoing melodies, sanguine lyrics and a lighthearted spirit. "Listen to What the Man Said" is a testament to how sublime the decade was and why it's such a memorable one for music.
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About the Curator - Sonya Alexander
After graduating from UCLA, Sonya trained to be a talent agent. After realizing she belonged on the creative end, she started freelance writing, covering film festivals for Los Angeles local papers. She's written about film, video games, global affairs, wildlife conservation and, most recently, music. She specializes in classic rock, classic soul, blues, classic country, classical and world music and is tri-coastal, residing in Los Angeles, New York and New Orleans.