Paul McCartney has long been pilloried as a writer of silly love songs: a master of melody, sure, but not forward-thinking, let alone radical. However, while John Lennon got most of the credit for the Beatles’ sonic experiments, McCartney has always had a mad-genius side of his own. Even “Silly Love Songs” begins with a clanking industrial beat. Don’t believe us? Check out 12 of Sir Paul’s weirdest tracks below.
(See Rolling Stone’s definitive ranking of McCartney’s 40 greatest solo songs here.)