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why did Paul purposely make himself look so ugly?
« on: September 04, 2007, 03:57:27 PM »

Towards the end of the Beatles career, it looks like Paul McCartney went out of his way to have a terrible image of himself.  I'm not just talking about the beard, although that didn't work IMOP, but I'm talking about the oily, unstyled hair.  Its evident the most during the "Let It Be" sessions (which came before "Abbey Road").

He may have sported a mullet during his Wings years, but at least he looked clean.  
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Re: why did Paul purposely make himself look so ugly?
« Reply #1 on: September 04, 2007, 05:29:31 PM »

 i noticed that from the time he went from the beatles to his solo career, he lost all his looks he was like someone completly different
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Re: why did Paul purposely make himself look so ugly?
« Reply #2 on: September 04, 2007, 06:15:22 PM »

I think It was the begining of Paul suffering with depression his Beatles world was about to end.
I quite like his grunge look , it was a bit ahead of it's time  ;D

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Re: why did Paul purposely make himself look so ugly?
« Reply #3 on: September 04, 2007, 06:57:06 PM »

I liked Pauls look in the late 60's, it was different, the beard worked well
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Re: why did Paul purposely make himself look so ugly?
« Reply #4 on: September 04, 2007, 08:21:30 PM »

I'm not a fan of his beard in 69/70. :-/ made him look quite trampy i thought, the last of his
60's great look was around the White Album & he started to look cool again around when he
started Wings which was late 71.  :)


Like the beard? :P
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Re: why did Paul purposely make himself look so ugly?
« Reply #5 on: September 05, 2007, 01:41:33 AM »

I don't know about ugly, 'cause it's like impossible for Paul McCartney to be ugly. Maybe just unkept is a better word. But, they all did, it wasn't just him. Like John's long hair and beard. I mean, I prefer Paul without the beard and all the hair, but even with it he looks handsome, I think. I don't know, that's just my opinion.
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Re: why did Paul purposely make himself look so ugly?
« Reply #6 on: September 05, 2007, 02:28:30 AM »

I think he was wore out from doing all the freaking work towards the end. He wasnt out playing with the slant eyed satan. He was in the studio trying to make the best out of a shattered band.

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Re: why did Paul purposely make himself look so ugly?
« Reply #7 on: September 05, 2007, 10:59:22 AM »

I reckon he felt more masculine & rugged with it....A great way to lose that squeaky clean image amongst your worthy peers. Maybe he felt holy enough after India to carry it off. I would not say he deliberately chose to be ugly though.
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Re: why did Paul purposely make himself look so ugly?
« Reply #8 on: September 05, 2007, 11:03:01 AM »

Lalalalala Lovely Linder made him do it.
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Re: why did Paul purposely make himself look so ugly?
« Reply #9 on: September 07, 2007, 10:21:40 PM »



I think he was just going through his "bohemian" stage. I always thought the Beatles looked the MOST like artists during this Let It Be & Pepper phases. Just one opinion.
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Re: why did Paul purposely make himself look so ugly?
« Reply #10 on: September 08, 2007, 12:11:42 PM »

Wasn't it just the look of the day? British music was going through the Blues Boom, and it was all about getting away from contrived pyschedlia and being "honest."
I've always thought their late look was very reminiscent of The Band. (especially George, who had been hanging out with them)

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Re: why did Paul purposely make himself look so ugly?
« Reply #11 on: September 08, 2007, 12:48:47 PM »

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I've always thought their late look was very reminiscent of The Band. (especially George, who had been hanging out with them)

um, never thought of that! The Band were very hairy indeed! ;D :)
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Re: why did Paul purposely make himself look so ugly?
« Reply #12 on: September 09, 2007, 02:24:08 AM »

I suppose his beard was OK, but only for a few months. I would never support his beard during the entire 70's. Thank god was just for less than a year.
He looked quite good during '69, but John was terrible. In January, his hair was too long and terrible to me, and during August the hat, the huge beard and still too long hair.
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Re: why did Paul purposely make himself look so ugly?
« Reply #13 on: September 09, 2007, 11:21:52 PM »

I liked the beard in '69 look. I read in a book somewhere that during the LIB sessions the beard and shirts made him look like a Professor of sorts.
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Re: why did Paul purposely make himself look so ugly?
« Reply #14 on: September 09, 2007, 11:29:33 PM »

Professor Macca!!! :)
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Re: why did Paul purposely make himself look so ugly?
« Reply #15 on: September 13, 2007, 02:29:49 PM »

(...sorry but everytime I read the title of this post in the 'the beatles' forum directory I just laught a lot. poor Paul... :))
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Re: why did Paul purposely make himself look so ugly?
« Reply #16 on: September 13, 2007, 02:32:35 PM »

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(...sorry but everytime I read the title of this post in the 'the beatles' forum directory I just laught a lot. poor Paul... :))

Just so you know why I did...the beard bit was while he was with the Beatles.  I figure the Paul forum is reserved for his solo flight of fancy (no beard).
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Re: why did Paul purposely make himself look so ugly?
« Reply #17 on: September 13, 2007, 10:38:01 PM »

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Wasn't it just the look of the day? British music was going through the Blues Boom, and it was all about getting away from contrived pyschedlia and being "honest."
I've always thought their late look was very reminiscent of The Band. (especially George, who had been hanging out with them)



I agree 100%. I think songs like 'Get Back' are directly inspired by the Band & Dylan - the whole getting back to basics.
And the beard is so cool! me and my mates call it a "Paul Mac - C - Let It Be"  ;)
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Re: why did Paul purposely make himself look so ugly?
« Reply #18 on: September 14, 2007, 12:43:41 AM »

It was the style at the time.

Actually, my dad has the same beard, except his has more grey in it.
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Re: why did Paul purposely make himself look so ugly?
« Reply #19 on: September 14, 2007, 03:16:33 AM »

This is ugly?

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