Song Of The Day 9/8/2016: Mike McGear – “Norton” + “The Man Who Found God on the Moon”
After living out of all his most arch tendencies with the Scaffold and his bandmate Roger McGough, McGear struck out on his own in 1972 with the album Woman before finally doing the logistically sound thing of collaborating with his brother on the 1974 album McGear. Paul co-wrote most the songs with Mike and also contributed a couple from his solo satchel as well. For good measure McGear also throws in a Roxy Music cover. The backing band is, basically, Wings, including Linda on backup harmonies. Mike does his best to bring his off-kilter subject matter and delivery to Paul’s only slightly more traditional pop music. Sometimes the temperance is a bit awkward but it’s a pretty nice riot. “Norton” and “The Man Who Found God on the Moon” are, all things sorted out, the extremes of McGear’s artistic poles. Tell me if you find Linda.