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Paul McCartney Says ‘Mischief’ Led Him to Title New Album ‘Kisses On the Bottom’

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Thanks, Paul McCartney, for finally making us not feel like perverts for our reaction to the title of your new album. The former Beatles star cheekily named the disc ’Kisses On the Bottom’ — and then had the nerve to say that it was nothing more than an innocent line from the Fats Waller song, ‘I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter.’ Now, McCartney finally has admitted that his love of “mischief” led him to pick the controversial title.

“I like mischief,” he told London’s Sunday Times. “It’s good for the soul, it’s always a good idea — if only because people think it’s a bad idea.”

He also reveals that his record label initially freaked out when he revealed his intentions for the title of the disc, which drops Feb. 7 and features guest appearances from Eric Clapton and Stevie Wonder.

“I made the suggestion and got this nervous text from the label which said, ‘Paul, under no circumstances can we do this,’” he said. “One of the guys said he felt like he’d been punched in the gut.”

Looks like that despite the gut punch, in the end McCartney still got what we wanted. Guess it goes without saying that former Beatles stars tend to get what they want.

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