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2001-Nov-26: It Was Almost A Dance Album

Knowing his new album would be competing with the works of Madonna and Britney Spears, Sir Paul revealed today that before the recording of Driving Rain he considered creating a modern dance music album.  Even though he thinks it would have been a good album, he decided against it because he and his fans find his own style much more interesting, and besides, his friends would not have approved.  He said that Elvis Costello "would have been on the phone immediately telling me off, and sure, this is a better way for me to work." However, Sir Paul added that he has never shyed away from experimenting with new sounds even though some of his experiments were not major hits:
"Sure, when I look back, I think it had been a good idea not to publish some of my records, but you do what you do. I'm not a person who regrets things."
And what is it like having to live up to the legend of the Beatles?
 "This Beatles monster has been a very nice monster. It's my friend. Even if one works in the shadow of it. I usually ignore him, maybe wave to him or say hello, then I go on with my business.''

(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)


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