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Sir Paul gears up for The Fireman

By Georgie Rogers
6 Music news reporter

Sir Paul McCartney
The Fireman's first release was Strawberries Oceans Ships Forest in 1994

Fans of Sir Paul McCartney will be able to get their hands on his latest experimental project next week.

The ex-Beatle has collaborated with dance producer Youth - under the alias of The Fireman - for the third time.

"I just totally trust him, throw everything in the book at him," said McCartney about Youth, who prompted him to sing on their new record.

The album, which is released on Monday 24 November, has already received rave reviews from Rolling Stone and Uncut.

Of Electric Arguments, Sir Paul previously said: "The Fireman takes your hand and takes you through the blaze to places you didn't know you wanted to go."

However, he admitted to 6 Music's Sean Keaveny that the comments had not been entirely serious.

"When I get asked, I tend to say stupid stuff like that," Sir Paul said.

"You know, in some ways it is true - because if you haven't heard The Fireman, you won't know, then you might like it, and I think it sort of grows on you.

"In some ways it's true but I was just asked to make something up. It was ever so quick."

Speaking about his working relationship with Youth, who also plays bass for Killing Joke, Sir Paul said: "I first met him because he was doing a mix of a track of mine and we just got to like each other.

"He's an unusual kind of guy, only in as much as he's very artistic. He likes painting, drawing, poetry, we like a lot of the same things, music obviously."

We just made it up and my working relationship with him basically is, I do a load of stuff and he arranges it
Sir Paul McCartney on collaborating with Youth

And in terms of their music making process, he went on: "We'll just chat about anything and then something will come out of it, maybe a memory of his or memory of mine and then out of that it will be like, 'What shall we do then?'

"I say, 'I dunno, let me just do a bit of electric guitar or something,' so we'll put down a little of that. Then I'll play some stuff and he starts to piece it together."

Their last album together, 1998's Rushes, was purely electronic and instrumental and Sir Paul explained how they got the lyrics together for this one: "What I do is a normal base and then I'll throw in all sorts of wonky stuff.

"On this album it was different, he started to say, 'well, what about a bit of vocals?'

"So I said, 'well I haven't got any words or melody or anything.'

"He keeps quiet and he knows I'll go, 'But I'll give it a try'."

The Beatles star said that writing with Youth reminded him of spontaneous theatre sessions: "It always reminded me of theatre workshops where you see them on the telly improvising, like Mike Leigh, where they've got no idea what they're gonna do but they're just making it up.

"So, we just made it up and my working relationship with him basically is, I do a load of stuff and he arranges it."

Thinking of Lennon

When listening back to his creations, Sir Paul admitted to wondering how the material would sound if he were still with The Beatles.

He said: "You reference most things you do, saying, 'would that work with The Beatles, or would this be a good Wings song? Would John like this? What would George play on this?'

"You do that, you also go, 'how would Elvis have sung it?'

"You do all those little thoughts because it's cheap."

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