jgkojak wrote:I think Denny, while a great player/guitarist, overstates his importance in Wings - which is sort of Paul's fault, because he pushed so hard the concept of Wings as a BAND - not Paul's back-up band.
Yeah, he co-wrote a handful of songs w/Paul and played on a large number of Macca songs - but if that were Hugh McCracken and Dave Spinozza (whom Paul originally asked) - the majority of Paul's work would be unchanged.
Along the same lines, it is interesting to hear Paul describe the "band" here in an interview on band on the run: "For me I like working with a gang of people I like. I've never been a solo performer so it's natural for me to find a group, I also like to work sometimes on my own. I haven't done any of that since the McCartney LP where I worked on my own, played all the instruments. So that for me is more fun. That is something I really enjoyed to do where there's no one else to worry about. It's like an old professor in his laboratory. My ideal thing would be to have a steady group that work together as a team.
get the team thing where there is enough looseness so that any one of us any tme can go off and do what ever he wants to do."
Say what you want, but that doesn't sound like he viewed them as a band at all... a team, with rotating players who come in to work on a project and then move on.