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Paul McCartney responds to Quincy Jones bass-playing diss: “He’s a crazy motherf**ker”

Paul McCartney has hit back at Quincy Jones’ rather incendiary remarks about the Fab Four’s musical ability, calling the veteran producer a “crazy motherfucker”.

Speaking in an interview to Vulture earlier this year, Jones hit out at the state of pop music and how today’s producers are “lazy and greedy” and “don’t know what they’re doing”.

In a very revealing interview with GQ, Macca tells of how Quincy called him up to apologise, saying that the former Mercury Records VP, in fact, never said those things about The Beatles in the first place.

“I never said that. You know I love you guys!” McCartney says that Jones told him, to which he replied: “If you had said that, you know what I would have said? Fuck you, Quincy Jones!”

With Paul reassured, the pair began to have a laugh: “And he was like, ‘Oh, Paul, you know I love you so much.’ ‘Yeah, I know you do, Quince'”.

In the GQ interview, Paul went on to say: “I love Quincy, even after this. He’s a crazy motherfucker.” He went further by saying “But I respect him, he’s done a lot of very good things.”

Pondering what might have led to Jones’ outburst, McCartney said: “He’s an old guy. I don’t know what it was. But I don’t think I’m the worst bass player he’s ever heard. Or maybe he’s never heard bad bass players.”

McCartney’s latest album, Egypt Station is out now on Capitol Records, while ‘Quincy’, a documentary about the legendary producer, is due to be released on Netflix on 21 September.

Simon Arblaster

I take care of the reviews on MusicRadar and Future Music magazine, though can sometimes be spotted in front of a camera talking little sense in the presence of real musicians. For the past 30 years, I have been unable to decide on which instrument to master, so haven't bothered. Currently, a lover of all things high-gain in the guitar stakes and never one to resist churning out sub-standard funky breaks, the likes of which you'll never hear.