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The Beatles once called this Paul McCartney song the “worst track” of all time

The Beatles have an extensive song catalogue. While many of them are some of the greatest songs ever written, there are a few flops that crept in there. Fans may not remember most of them, but the band does. A song written by Paul McCartney was considered “the worst track” by the other members of The Beatles. Even McCartney isn’t too keen on that one song.

In 1969, the Beatles recorded their album Abbey Road while also on the verge of disbanding. Despite this, the band wanted to make sure everything went smoothly during the recording of this album. One song that broke that flow was “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer.” Written by Paul McCartney, the song was about a student named Maxwell Edison who killed people with a hammer.

While the lyrics were pretty somber, they were camouflaged with upbeat instrumentation. McCartney felt connected to this song and wanted to make sure it played perfectly. This required four separate recording sessions that took hours to complete. At one point, McCartney even asked for a blacksmith’s anvil to be brought in as part of the track, but even then he wasn’t satisfied.

While John Lennon was known for expressing his displeasure with certain songs, George Harrison and Ringo Starr weren’t fans of Maxwell’s Silver Hammer. Largely due to the rigorous recording sessions Paul McCartney put the Beatles through to ensure the track was perfect.

“I hated it,” Lennon said in a 1980 Playboy interview. “All I remember is the track — he made us do it a hundred million times.” He was also quick to target the track’s quality, adding, “He went above and beyond to make it a single, and it never was and never could have been. but [Paul] put guitar licks on it and he had someone bang pieces of iron and we spent more money on that song than any other on the whole album.”

According to Far Out Magazine, Ringo Starr told Rolling Stone it was “the worst session ever” and called it “the worst track we’ve ever had to record”. Harrison was a little less harsh on the track, but did express irritation at its production. He said McCartney would often get her to record “fruity songs,” citing “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer” as a prime example.

In the novel In many years by Barry Miles, McCartney was initially positive about “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer”. He seemed at odds with his bandmates about the production process and was pleased with the song’s outcome.

“It was the best audio drama I’ve ever heard in my life and the best production, and Ubu was played so brilliantly,” McCartney said. “It was just a sensation. That was one of the great things of that time for me.”

However, in later years he changed his tune slightly, saying the song was ultimately not what he wanted. He said it was symbolic of how things were diverging in his life at the time.

“‘Maxwell’s Silver Hammer’ was my analogy for when something goes wrong out of the blue, as it so often does, I was beginning to discover at that time in my life,” he later shared. “I wanted something symbolic for it, so for me it was a fictional character named Maxwell with a silver hammer. I don’t know why it was silver, it just sounded better than Maxwell’s hammer. It was needed for scanning. We still use that expression now when something unexpected happens.”

Luckily, the Beatles have so many hits that their failures are almost imperceptible.

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