It’s true, after my workouts this morning I’m, well, bored off my gourd. Kelly has been in bed, like, all day (I guess yesterday’s 105k bike ride tuckered her out some) so I’ve been pretty much on my own. I’ve watched a documentary on Camp X, flipped through another library book (‘Pornified‘ by Pamela Paul) which – as turns out – I didn’t like, completed a few more chapters towards my spin instructor certification and now…I’m still fucking bored. I’m so bored I even listened to a Paul & Linda McCartney album, ‘Ram‘.
Yeah, you know you’re bored when…
I had forgotten this was even in my collection so when I came across it while browsing to see what might tempt my audible taste buds this afternoon, I was kind of surprised. Beats me how it ever got there as I don’t recall when (or why) I would have ever purchased a Paul McCartney CD (I’m not a terribly big fan of “the cute Beatle”), but I decided to give it a listen anyway. ‘Ram‘ is a curious album and not just because it has a picture of two beetles humping on the back cover (I mean, seriously? One can only guess what was going through Paul’s brain pan when he selected that pic to grace his album cover). In fact, it’s just downright odd. It’s sure no ‘All Things Shall Pass‘ (one of my favorite albums, like, ever) or ‘John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band‘ for that matter; both of which were releasing around the same time by Paul’s peers. No, it’s far from actually; far, far from.
On it’s release, the album was received negatively by the majority of music critics, even though it topped the national albums charts in Britain and the Netherlands as well as here in Canada. It seems we Canucks love us some Paul McCartney…even shitty Paul McCartney. Three singles were issued from ‘Ram’: ‘Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey‘, which became McCartney’s first #1 hit in America, ‘The Back Seat of My Car‘ and ‘Eat at Home‘. You might also be familiar with the other credible (and equally weird) tune on the album ‘Monkberry Moon Delight‘.
The album was recorded amid Paul’s legal action in Britain’s High Court to dissolve the Beatles’ partnership, following their break-up the year before. The only album credited to the couple, ‘Ram’ was the 2nd of two albums that McCartney released between quitting the Beatles and forming his own band, Wings (for which, I also have a serious hate-on for). And, so, after this impulse listen today, it will now resume it’s space back in my collection for, well, forever probably, as it’s not likely I’m ever going to listen to it again any time soon, or at least until it’s presence in my collection has been long since forgotten about again anyway (i.e. I finally go senile).