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(From the September 24, 2001 edition of Entertainment Tonight, By Jill Ward) From Reggae to the world of Bluegrass, many have paid homage to the astounding career of England's Fab Four. Yet, you might be surprised to know that there has never been a major musical tribute to the post-BEATLE years of SIR PAUL McCARTNEY. That is, until now. On October 9, Oglio Records will release the first leg of just such a collection. Entitled, Listen To What The Man Said, the project employs some of today's top acts to walk you through the 30-plus years of McCartney's solo career. And although some of the contributing artists were donning diapers when these classics first emerged, it doesn't dampen their respect for one of the world's most legendary artists. Kicking off the collection is former SHANIA TWAIN and BEN FOLDS' affiliate, OWSLEY, who masterfully re-creates the many time changes of the early gem, ''Band on the Run.'' But the Alabama-born artist had polished his skills long before, playing air guitar to Paul McCartney & WINGS tunes when he was just a kid. ''During the summer of '74, I remember running around the local swimming pool while a sunbather had her AM radio blasting 'Band on the Run,''' says the artist. ''And I think it was at that moment that I knew what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.'' Lucky for Owsley, he was able to snatch the rights for the remake from Baltimore alt-rockers, SR-71, a band who also cited the track as inspirational. ''The first time I remember hearing Paul McCartney I was about two. My father loved 'Band on the Run' and would play that record over and over,'' says SR-71 frontman MITCH ALLAN. ''(My fellow band members) all feel as I do. Without Paul McCartney there would not have been an SR-71.'' As a result, the band had no qualms adding some grit and chaos to another cut, ''My Brave Face,'' from McCartney's 1989 album, Flowers In The Dirt. Hot off a new album earlier this year, Minnesota-bred SEMISONIC also ring in with the McCartney & Wings hit, ''Jet.'' ''The first time I heard 'Jet' I was a child and I think it was before I really discovered the Beatles and I was completely amazed by the song'' says Semisonic guitarist, DAN WILSON. ''At that time it defined Pop for me. Later, I started to wonder, 'What is that song about anyway?''' Unfortunately we don't have Mr. McCartney on the phone to find out, but nevertheless, Wilson and the boys add some contemporary guitar riffs and a slightly slower tempo to the tune's cryptic lyrics. The quirky, often humorous Boston team known as THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS also ''make a little birdhouse in their soul'' for Mr. McCartney. Taking purely an instrumental approach, the guys add a series of space-age effects to Paul's ukulele ditty, ''Ram On,'' from 1971. ''It is daunting to try to reinterpret any McCartney song, but it's especially so when it is such a spirited track,'' says Giants member JOHN FLANSBURGH. Even so, the Giants fit the bill just fine. Also known as somewhat of a prankster band, BARENAKED LADIES members KEVIN HEARN and STEVEN PAGE team up with STEPHEN DUFFY of the Brit pop act LILAC TIME, to add some ''big top'' sounds to the otherwise smoky cut, ''Junk.'' Coincidentally, Naked members Hearn and Page had an up close and personal experience with the icon to whom they now sing an ode. ''In 1996, Barenaked Ladies were playing at the Phoenix festival in England. The headliner that night on the main stage was one of our heroes, NEIL YOUNG,'' recalls Page. ''We ended up sneaking up on to the side of the stage, and who was standing there watching the show with us but Paul and LINDA McCartney and their kids.... I wanted to tell him that I was in a band and that I do what I do only because he did what he did.'' Other top artists sharing in the sentiment include ROBYN HITCHCOCK (''Let Me Roll,'') MATTHEW SWEET (''Every Night''), THE MERRYMAKERS (''No More Lonely Nights'') and WORLD PARTY (''Man We Was Lonely''). These, along with t
although its taken this long to come out with a solid tribute to one of the best lyricists of our time-i think everyone would agree-its been well worth the wait. while no one can do a mccartney hit like mccartney, to hear modern artists do ''junk'' and ''every night'' proves that these hits stand the test of time very well--what better compliment to their creator