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Loser's Lounge Tribute To Paul McCartney - live at Fez, 1998

Paul’s Not A Loser

Doing justice to songs originally sung by a consummate singer like Paul McCartney is such a formidable task, it’s natural that those who faired best at the Loser’s Lounge tribute in his honor hailed from one of two categories: those with great interpretive skills, and those simply blessed with great voices. This latest installment of the series at New York’s Fez, which has tipped its hat to Carole King, Harry Nilsson, Jimmy Webb and the like, featured the usual house band The Kustard Kings, led by Baby Steps frontman and onetime Psychedelic Fur Joe McGinty on piano.

The three-hour affair encompassed 30 non-Beatle songs of the cute one, from "World Without Love" right through the "Liverpool Oratorio"—the latter done rather hilariously by Nick Danger in a medley that also included "Every Night" and "Junk." Joe Hurley of Rogue’s March went the interpreter’s route, almost whispering "My Love" in Tom Waits-like style through his endearing brogue. Joshua Tyler of Miniking, meanwhile, was 100 percent natural talent, belting out a fab and funky "Girlfriend." Lloyd Cole did a most pleasing "Listen To What The Man Said," with strings and horns properly punctuating the end coda. Richard Barone sang "Live And Let Die" to close things out with, well, a bang. In memory of Linda, some proceeds went to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Thought of giving it all away to a registered charity…