Fuh You

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"Fuh You"
FuhYouPaulMcCartneysinglecover.jpg
Single by Paul McCartney
from the album Egypt Station
ReleasedAugust 15 2018
FormatStreaming
StudioPatriot Studios, Los Angeles, USA
GenrePop
Length3:25
LabelCapitol
Songwriter(s)Paul McCartney, Ryan Tedder
Producer(s)McCartney, Tedder
Paul McCartney singles chronology
"I Don't Know" / "Come On to Me"
(2018)
"Fuh You"
(2018)
"Who Cares"
(2018)

"Fuh You" is a song by English musician Paul McCartney, released as the second single from Egypt Station on 15th August, 2018.

Background, composition, and recording[edit]

The song was one of several co-written and produced with Ryan Tedder but the only one to make it on the album. Other songs from this collaboration included "Nothing For Free" (which was released as a bonus track on the album's deluxe edition) and "Get Enough" which was released as a stand alone single in 2019.

On writing the song and working with Tedder, McCartney said:

"So out of all the producers that were suggested, I liked Ryan, rung him up and we chatted. He said, ‘What do you hope to get [out of this]?’. I was like, oh I don’t know. And then I thought, come on Paul, don’t be so shy. So I said, ‘A hit?’ And he was like ‘Yeah! Now you’re talking my language! The world loves a hit!’ So that was our brief. To do something commercial. In a week, we ended up with three songs and one of them was ‘Fuh You’, which is on the album."[1]

The title of the song is word play, making "For You" sound like "Fuck You". This came about during the recording when McCartney sung “I just wanna shag you.” in the songs chorus as a joke. Amused by this McCartney decided to make it questionable on whether the listen could hear the words "for you" or "fuck you".[2]

This wasn't the first time McCartney used word play and disguised lyrics to insinuate something more sexually suggestive; during his time with The Beatles, songs like "Girl" [3] and "Day Tripper" featured similar phrasings. In 1972, his former band Wings released the single "Hi, Hi, Hi" which contained the lyric "get you ready for my polygon", an abstract lyric meant to sound like "body gun". Regardless of McCartney not actually singing "body gun", the song was banned by the BBC in the UK[4] (the BBC also assumed that "Hi, Hi, Hi" was a drug reference[5]).

"...And then you do ‘Why don’t we do it in the road?‘ ‘tit-tit-tit-tit-tit-tit,’ ‘She’s a prick teaser.’ It’s kind of pathetic, but actually a great thing in its pathos because it’s something that makes you laugh. So what’s wrong with that?" - Paul McCartney[6]

Release[edit]

The song was officially issued on 15th August 2018 to promote McCartney's then upcoming album Egypt Station. The song was released on streaming services and a lyric video was upload to YouTube [7]. On 10th September, an official music video was uploaded to YouTube to promote the single.[8] According to Rolling Stone: "The black-and-white video opens with a teenage couple sharing a kiss on a front doorstep before the girl’s mother intrudes and sends the boy home. The enamored young protagonist then wanders the streets of Liverpool, singing and dancing along with “Fuh You” as he makes his way home."[9]

Critical reception[edit]

Despite the positive reviews of Egypt Station, "Fuh You" received largely negative responses from music critics. In their review of the album, Pitchfork wrote: "Where “FourFiveSeconds” benefitted from minimalism, “Fuh You” is a maximalist jumble of modernist nonsense in which producer Ryan Tedder forces Paul to follow his playbook"[10]. The Guardian wrote: "...there is still something depressing about a Paul McCartney song that sounds as if it was assembled on a latterday pop production line. Not least because it doesn’t sound like the kind of undeniable smash that latterday pop production lines occasionally come up with, but the stuff they palm off to pad out albums. ".[11]

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "PAUL MCCARTNEY ON NEW ALBUM 'EGYPT STATION' AND COLLABORATING WITH THE NEXT GENERATION: "I FEEL LUCKY THAT THESE PEOPLE ARE INTERESTED IN WORKING WITH ME"". 20 June 2018. Retrieved 20 June 2018.
  2. ^ "The Untold Stories of Paul McCartney". 11 September 2018. Retrieved 11 December 2018.
  3. ^ "5 'Dirty' Things You Didn't Know About The Beatles". 7 December 2017. Retrieved 7 December 2017.
  4. ^ Badman, Keith (2003). The Beatles: Off the Record. Omnibus Press. p. 94. ISBN 978-0-7119-9199-6.
  5. ^ "The seven ages of Paul McCartney". BBC News. 17 June 2006.
  6. ^ "The Untold Stories of Paul McCartney". 11 September 2018. Retrieved 11 December 2018.
  7. ^ "Paul McCartney - Fuh You (Lyric Video)". 15 August 2018. Retrieved 15 August 2018.
  8. ^ "Paul McCartney - Fuh You". 10 September 2018. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  9. ^ "Watch Paul McCartney's Charming Liverpool-Set Video for 'Fuh You'". 10 September 2018. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  10. ^ "Paul McCartney - Egypt Station". 11 September 2018. Retrieved 11 September 2018.
  11. ^ "Paul McCartney: Egypt Station review – back to where he once belonged". 6 September 2018. Retrieved 6 September 2018.