In an NME interview this week, Sir Paul revealed that his Beatle tunes were not written under the influence of drugs:"I actually don't think you write better high. I went through a period of thinking that and it would certainly feel nice, but you ask yourself too many questions. You get to a line where you've got a couple of alternative words to use and you'd spend three hours on that and I don't think it's worth it so I really don't do that now. And we never did. In all The Beatles stuff that John and I wrote together, we never once smoked. Listening back was a different matter."Sir Paul does support the softening of the British Government's stance on cannabis, whereby possession of a small amount will no longer be an arrestable offense:"I think it's a good idea because it creates too many criminals, particularly among kids. Like any drugs, you really have to be careful with it. Decriminalization is a good idea because it gives you a light tap on the wrist and says, 'Hey, don't get too into that, don't rely on it, 'cos that's not cool'. I like a drink occasionally but I hardly ever smoke now."Sir Paul also revealed in the interview that Quincy Jones's nickname for Michael Jackson was "smelly":"Presumably there was some reason for that but I must say I didn't sniff anything untoward. We did swap pullovers, strangely enough, though. Actually, I had a rather cool one and he said 'Let's swap pullovers', so I said, 'Yeah, go on then'. And he gave me one from, like, Marks & Sparks or something."
(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)
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