I’m not going to list them—many are common knowledge among music fans—but the album cover that started it all is , which supposedly depicts a funeral procession.
One of the most comprehensive clue compilations I’ve read is found in an article written by Joel Glazier that was published in a 1979 issue of the Beatles fanzine (founded by the late, great Joe Pope).
They analyze photos of the pre-1967 Paul with today’s Paul, scrutinizing the shape of his profile, ears, and nose, arguing that they couldn’t possibly belong to the same person.
The PID-believers even refer to the “newer” Paul as “Faux Paul,” or sometimes “Faul.” There are sites dedicated to the hoax that encourage readers to submit clues that haven’t been mentioned before.
In the editor’s introduction, Pope urges his readers to approach the article with an open mind; by the end of it, my eyes were glazing over, especially when the piece took a dark turn into Charles Manson, Satanism and The Rolling Stones’ involvement in helping to cover up Paul’s death. They just can’t let it be (pun intended this time). I’ve seen him in interviews, I’ve seen him perform, and there’s no doubt in my mind that he’s the same Paul Mc Cartney that has been alive and well since 1942. OK well, then I’m sure if we looked hard enough all over the planet, we could find a man who looks exactly like Paul (and, for argument’s sake, the same exact height), or we could find one who sings just like Paul, or we could find one that has the same Liverpool accent, vocal nuances and wit.
The great wide world of the interwebs has given more fodder for the Paul Is Dead conspiracy theorists to play with. But in order to pull the rug over discerning Beatles fans’ eyes, the band had to find someone who possessed ALL of these qualities. Even the best Beatles tribute bands can’t find a member to play Paul that could fool this Beatles fan, let alone millions all over the planet.
I was switched on for ten years and I never switched off. I’ve watched the clip in question and it’s glaringly obvious that these references were just John’s — and George’s — signature, sarcastic humor shining through as usual, poking fun at the media’s references to the band members (“Beatle Paul,” “Beatle John,” etc.) When George says, “I see Beatle Bill is making a pig of himself,” he’s obviously referring to Phil Spector, who is stuffing his face at the dinner table he’s sharing with the other musicians and Yoko Ono.
”: “Those freaks was right when they said you was dead…the one mistake you make was in your head.” Ha ha. I saw comments on You Tube claiming that Paul had brown eyes, while “Faul” has much lighter eyes that are green or blue. Apparently, old conspiracies die hard (no pun intended), if at all.I read that John and George were caught in a documentary referring to someone named “Beatle Bill.” And all across professionally-written music sites and blogs, I saw comments left by the conspiracy theorists vehemently insisting that Paul Mc Cartney is dead and that the rest of us are just a bunch of imbeciles and oh, by the way, denial is not just a river in Egypt. It’s been 45 years since the “Paul Is Dead” urban legend was born, when, in 1969, a well-meaning listener called into a Detroit radio station and told DJ Russ Gibb about the rumor and its clues. The clues are all over the album covers and songs recorded from 1967 on. I stumbled upon a music forum where conspiracy theorists were knocking themselves out, still trying to discredit Paul Mc Cartney’s existence beyond 1966—this time not by playing album tracks backwards, but with the help of modern digital editing software. He died in a car crash in 1966 and was replaced by a lookalike named William Campbell to keep the Beatles in business. I mean, it’s the year 2014—no one still believes the “Paul Is Dead” hoax anymore, right? One recent night, curiosity got the best of me, and I started down the “Paul Is Dead” (or “PID”) Internet rabbit hole.