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Re: why did Paul purposely make himself look so ugly?
« Reply #20 on: September 14, 2007, 05:12:58 PM »

At least he's clean there. The unwashed Paul of the greasy hair and ratty beard is not a thing of beauty. I don't think any of the Beatles were attractive at the time of LIB. Too much stress and chemicals.

The question raised by this thread is  "why did Paul purposely make himself look so ugly?" I don't think it was purposeful. I think the various stresses in his life came out in his appearance. Also, he may have been trying to hide a bit. In his bio, he says the beard and ratty clothes were a great asset in keeping people from recognizing him. I think he didn't want to talk so much then as he usually did.
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Re: why did Paul purposely make himself look so ugly?
« Reply #21 on: September 14, 2007, 09:58:32 PM »

^Love that pic, Sandra! And I totally agree!
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Re: why did Paul purposely make himself look so ugly?
« Reply #22 on: September 14, 2007, 10:54:25 PM »

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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 #23 on: September 15, 2007, 01:53:53 AM »

Or even an operatic tenor singer perhaps..?*sings* Besame Mucho...  lol
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Re: why did Paul purposely make himself look so ugly?
« Reply #24 on: September 15, 2007, 02:04:29 AM »

I read something that described it well. It went something like "McCartney seemed to have buried his cocker spaniel cuteness..."
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Re: why did Paul purposely make himself look so ugly?
« Reply #25 on: September 15, 2007, 04:36:16 AM »

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The question raised by this thread is  "why did Paul purposely make himself look so ugly?"   Also, he may have been trying to hide a bit. In his bio, he says the beard and ratty clothes were a great asset in keeping people from recognizing him. I think he didn't want to talk so much then as he usually did.

Hide in the studio?  With cameras rolling, with him playing the piano and singing "The Long and Winding Road?"  Who did he think he thought he was foolin'?

He went from having cool hair on that TV show playing "Hey Jude," to that natty-ass look with bed-head, not washed in days look ... IN A MOVIE.  Definitely must have been the chemicals...
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Re: why did Paul purposely make himself look so ugly?
« Reply #26 on: September 15, 2007, 02:58:57 PM »

LOL! I wish you'd commented on this yesterday, Buttmunker, but I've already returned Paul's book to the library. As best I can determine, he was sneaking around incognito with Linda in New York in 1968, so the ratty beard came in before they started filming. Paul scholars, do you know the precise date?

All of them were frazzled after the White album, and there had been enough bickering to depress all of them. I think Paul just took a holiday from shaving, and good for him! I like it that he said, screw it, I don't care how I look. Personally, I would go bananas if I had to look good for people all the time.

EDIT: Found it. Crummy beard sprouted by October 1968.
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Re: why did Paul purposely make himself look so ugly?
« Reply #27 on: September 16, 2007, 12:46:31 AM »

Paul could definately pull off the beard look. I think he looks cool with the beard in Let it be. You should have named the topic something different because no one would make themselves ugly on purpose. Its silly to think Paul woke up one morning and said "I don't want to be attractive anymore. I'm sick of it. I think I'm going to make myself ugly for awhile" Its just silly.It was a style people were doing 1968-1972. Paul was the first of The Beatles to grow the power beard and the other three followed his lead and grew it out summer of 69. Just because a full unkept beard is looked down upon in our era doesn't mean it was always like that.
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Re: why did Paul purposely make himself look so ugly?
« Reply #28 on: September 16, 2007, 01:19:59 AM »

Paul ugly? Never.
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Re: why did Paul purposely make himself look so ugly?
« Reply #29 on: September 16, 2007, 07:06:10 AM »

I personaly don't like the beard look on any of them but thats just me.
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Re: why did Paul purposely make himself look so ugly?
« Reply #30 on: September 16, 2007, 02:33:56 PM »

Like the Lennon pic 'The Walrus'! ;)
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Re: why did Paul purposely make himself look so ugly?
« Reply #31 on: September 16, 2007, 05:04:32 PM »

I'm not a fan of the beard, but I don't think ugly is the right word for Paul ever, he had better though...
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Re: why did Paul purposely make himself look so ugly?
« Reply #32 on: September 16, 2007, 05:31:59 PM »

if he was trying to be uglee then he must know that it doesn't matter what you look like,that it has got to be about the music....

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Re: why did Paul purposely make himself look so ugly?
« Reply #33 on: September 16, 2007, 06:11:30 PM »

I think the Band influence is it.  Their influence was peaking about the time of Paul's beard.  Even Dylan grew a kinda beard.  

Paul oughta think about growing that beard back out.  Ringo's looks good.  

I bet Yoko could grow one too.
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Re: why did Paul purposely make himself look so ugly?
« Reply #34 on: September 16, 2007, 06:40:50 PM »

she has one...it's called lyle the bearded clam!!!!

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Re: why did Paul purposely make himself look so ugly?
« Reply #35 on: September 17, 2007, 12:46:09 AM »

Yow!  That is one image I don't need in my head.  

But I do like the name Lyle.  
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Re: why did Paul purposely make himself look so ugly?
« Reply #36 on: September 18, 2007, 07:48:38 AM »

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Paul could definately pull off the beard look. I think he looks cool with the beard in Let it be. You should have named the topic something different because no one would make themselves ugly on purpose. Its silly to think Paul woke up one morning and said "I don't want to be attractive anymore. I'm sick of it. I think I'm going to make myself ugly for awhile" Its just silly.It was a style people were doing 1968-1972. Paul was the first of The Beatles to grow the power beard and the other three followed his lead and grew it out summer of 69. Just because a full unkept beard is looked down upon in our era doesn't mean it was always like that.


but what's the excuse of the greasy, bed-head?  People who know they're going to be filmed often wash their hair.  He might have been depressed and said "f*** it," there was a lot of bad stuff going on in '68  --- drugs and the Apple Boutique two small examples.
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Re: why did Paul purposely make himself look so ugly?
« Reply #37 on: September 18, 2007, 12:57:42 PM »

Here's a sample of facial hair that the Beatles might have been evolving towards--if they had only stayed together.

http://www.handlebarclub.co.uk/wbmcwinners.shtml

We can only wonder "what if."
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Re: why did Paul purposely make himself look so ugly?
« Reply #38 on: September 18, 2007, 09:25:11 PM »

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Re: why did Paul purposely make himself look so ugly?
« Reply #39 on: October 16, 2007, 03:38:33 AM »

I've always thought Paul looked wonderful then
Like Let it Be era
I think he can really pull off a beard  :B
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