Baby, I’m Amazed

Today, an article from The Atlantic changed the world. No, umm, yes,  it really changed the world as it appears to most people who live on this planet. Noah Berlatsky is saying Paul McCartney is irrelevant.

P A U L  Mc C A R T N E Y.

You know, one of the most prolific songwriters of the 20th century. The guy who wrote “Yesterday,” one of the most-recorded rock songs in history. Paul McCartney who is one of the Fab Four.

The Beatles.

The guys responsible for the British Invasion.

The guys who unwittingly made Elvis look dated, but never irrelevant.

In disbelief, Google was lit up with a search to determine what others had to say aside from The Atlantic’s irreverent rogue. The Rolling Stone looked like perhaps a more credible source. Holy @#^* it was even worse!

They are calling Kanye West legendary!

Most articles found on the highly touted and autotuned McCartney/West collaboration, “Only One,” are reporting West fans are thanking him for discovering the unknown artist, Paul McCartney. I suppose none of West’s fans noticed McCartney has 6,211,252 likes on Facebook, or a Google search turns up over 94 million results. They never bothered to check him out? Come on.

Honest to Pete, if somebody doesn’t grab the bull by the horns one day soon, music is goin’ out the freakin’ window. The real tragedy here is those who do believe that West is a legend have neither heard “music,” don’t really understand what it can sound like, and would be blown away to hear something classic, say for instance, “Hey Jude,” or “Let It Be.”

West is not a musician for cryin’ out loud. He’s a rapper and hip hop artist. He doesn’t sing, or play music. Most likely he doesn’t even know what notes on a staff mean. His Wiki page says verbatim, “West crafted much of his production for his debut album in less than fifteen minutes at a time.” Umhum, now there’s a musical genius. And that debut album came out just about 10 years ago. So no doubt he’s most definitely a legend.

As a publicist, I’m betting on the fact that all this press is being generated by the West camp. I mean, he’s married to a Kardashian and his poor infant daughter is named North. Kardashian is most famous for having a butt the size of a barn door, and not much more, but that name appears in ridiculous headlines every day. So, it’s a pretty fair bet, there’s a cartel of PR slaves working for West and his posse elevating his stature far above one of history’s most beloved musicians of all time.

Of course it’s cliché, but, baby I’m amazed.



About scout66

2017 marks the 33rd year of Janet Hansen’s career as a music marketing specialist. With three Grammy award-winning campaigns to her credit, Hansen has also contributed to the legacy of two of history’s most popular songs. “Classical Gas” by Mason Williams is the most-broadcast instrumental tune in history; and “Louie, Louie” by The Fabulous Wailers is the most-recorded rock song in history. In 2009 Hansen launched the unique music platform Scout66 to encourage reviews of live shows from the ticket-buying public. You may contact Janet at for information on consulting, campaigns, and tour support. Please follow us on Twitter at
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