OK, I'll approach it like this. Regardless of what "influence" means, Paul influences very few these days, COMPARED to the Beatle days. I think most people would agree with that.
The next bit is more controversial. I think Paul had little influence on popular music after the Beatles broke up EXCEPT that his bass playing became a model for many, many musicians who weren't even born until the late 70s!
Well hopefully to finalise this tired debate, I will add a few last petty points. Wayne had stated that Pauls influence had 'come and GONE
'...That's all what I was saying all along.
Of course his influence is less these days. No-one unless they had been in a coma for 40 years could think that he has the same impact..think I mentioned that in another post. It has not GONE though. Yes I am influenced by Macca but not to blind obsessive levels. To play his bass lines and simultaneously sing is always a challenge I relish.
Bands other than Jet still want to record at Abbey Rd. Crowded House, Oasis, The Bee's, Stone Roses, Radiohead are all prime examples of his influence that resonates from Paul's time with The Beatles. HE will influence musicians of all levels and genres for time to come. Now I agree that post-beatles is a different thing. And if we are talking Paul solo then yours and Waynes points are a lot stronger. As an all encompassing artist though (including his time with The Beatles)....well you get me drift now? I'm knackered and going dizzy...Can we get back to his performance now? :-/