Listening booth — Wings, “Must Do Something About It”
Today’s listening booth is inspired by a recent posting on Popdose, which highlighted Denny Laine’s gems during his solo career and his time with Paul McCartney’s Wings. One of the gems mentioned was “The Note You Never Wrote,” which is indeed one of the best cuts from Wings at the Speed of Sound. But I’d like to focus on a non-Laine number now.
Tucked away on the lesser second side of the album is a rather doleful pop ditty called “Must Do Something About It.” Although Macca wrote it, he handed lead vocal duties over to drummer Joe English, whose less polished delivery lent the song the extra bit of pathos it needed. English, who had joined Wings in 1975, left the group during the recording sessions for 1978’s London Town.
So anyway, enjoy “Must Do Something About It.” I sure do.
Oh, and if you really are curious to hear what this song would sound like with Paul singing, wonder no more. Here’s an outtake of the track, which feature’s his original guide vocal.
- Here’s Something Else!: What if Denny Laine had fronted Wings? (popdose.com)
- The 12 Most Memorable Paul McCartney Solo Songs (Sound Affects) (popmatters.com)
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