Paul McCartney discussed bands ripping off The Beatles during the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band era in a new website Q&A. Paul McCartney ‘Slept In Bed’ With The Beatles Icon.
PaulMcCartney.com: At what point did you realize your music had changed the world? Or had, at least, helped change attitudes in the world?
P: I suppose it was our first big success in America. I started to realize that the attention was not just local, and it was around the time of Sgt. Pepper when we started seeing our clothes and the music we were making getting copied on an international level. Although this had happened before at home, with people getting the Beatle haircut and all dressing in a similar fashion, it was around about Sgt. Pepper that you could feel the worldwide movement. You could feel that people in California were thinking about what you were thinking about. And that’s when people started saying to us, ‘Wow man, you know your music changed my life!’ So, I think around about that time I started to think it was changing the world.
McCartney discussed writing for The Beatles in a new Instagram Live. “There was none of this ‘well, I’ll see you tomorrow, and we’ll see what we can do,’” said McCartney to St. Vincent, who did a new version of the McCartney III track “Women and Wives” for McCartney’s new Reimagned record.
“I’d go around with my guitar and write the song. It was very concise. I often say to young bands now ‘just get the song done before you go in the studio, then you’re a cheap date, [and] the producer is going to love you. You’re not going to waste anybody’s time. Just go and bang the song out with all the energy.”