Super-Prescient Album Titles: RAM

Paul McCartney – RAM

Before “Random Access Memory” was in common parlance, Mellotron-enthusiast and all-around musical pioneer Paul McCartney took the bold step of naming his second solo album after an obscure type of computer information storage — something that would almost certainly go miles over his teeny-bopper audience’s heads. But thanks to his efforts, personal computing came into vogue later in the ’70s, and today computers have evolved to such an extreme that you can even listen to RAM on your home desktop. Trivia: the alternative title was When in ROM… but Linda axed the idea at the last minute.

Marxy wrote a lot of essays back on his old site Néomarxisme. This is one of them.

12 Responses

  1. Says:


  2. odot Says:

    almost trivially, this is an amazing album (most acutely, beautifully compressed drums sounds ever, me thinks). i love the cyclic shape of your reflexion, though.

  3. marxy Says:

    You are too kind.

  4. henryperri Says:

    AFAIK, there is no mellotron on any Paul McCartney recordings and only on 2 Beatles recordings, where it was probably played by John.

  5. henryperri Says:

    Also, while the entire mix was probably compressed in some fashion, the drums were probably not. You can hear drum compression in “Rain” and “She Said” and then you don’t hear drum compression in any recordings until the 80s (I’m thinking “Breakaway” by Tracey Ullman).

  6. marxy Says:

    I am glad this post is being analyzed for factual problems.

  7. Rory P. Diddy Says:

    Didn’t Paul do some all synth solo album? Under a name that sounded much like The Doodletown Pipers?

    And on a related note:
    When I face the reality of having to buy pets as substitue for children and embrace my fate of dying alone–I will call my team of faithful dogs “The Poodletown Pipers.”

  8. Adamu Says:

    This must be such an ego-boost.

    I am currently in an ego-boost of my own, in which none of the applicants to replace me in my job can manage to pass a simple language test. Why don’t people feel it’s important to acquire decent reading comprehension skills in Japanese? You’d think that would be basic.

  9. marxy Says:

    Why don’t people feel it’s important to acquire decent reading comprehension skills in Japanese? You’d think that would be basic.

    I am thinking about blogging on this soon, but I realized that with all this fancy JDIC technology, you don’t have to read that much to be able to translate Japanese – BUT if you can actually read lots of kanji, it makes the job so much faster and easier.

  10. nate Says:

    I got my ass handed to me last weekend by the reading comprehension portion of the Japanese version of the LSAT. But I hope to god that’s not anyone’s definition of “basic reading skills”. (my ego boost was getting way over the hei-kin on the reasoning and deduction portion of same test)

  11. Adamu Says:

    For me it’s been the reverse… JDIC/Eijiro etc served as more of a study aid to get me to a level where I can get it without looking it up.

  12. nate Says:

    I find using just jdic without writing down what I look up, I don’t remember anything, especially if I use rikaichan.