Paul McCartney/Wings-song by song thread

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Bemagnus, Sep 11, 2019.

  1. Bruce M.

    Bruce M. Forum Resident

    We All Stand Together is very good for what it is. Unfortunately, it wasn't what Paul's image needed at the time.
     
  2. kaztor

    kaztor Music Is The Best!

    Might as well wrap up it’s b-side...

    We All Stand Together (Humming Version):
    It’s a charming variation on the a-side. Not much going on here, but it’s cool for this single.
     
  3. Bemagnus

    Bemagnus Music is fun Thread Starter

    Next one

    Spies like us

    This movie theme ain t a favorite of mine. In fact close to the opposite. A weak melody and the terrible eighties-production makes this effort the opposite of Pauls other soundtrack to a Spy-movie.
    There are many reasons I like McCartneys music. Unfortunately none of them are on display here. The one redeeming part maybe is that the song features some loud guitar but in the end it doesn t help much

    Song facts

    “Spies Like Us” is the title song to the 1985 Warner Bros. motion picture of the same name, starring Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd and Donna Dixon. It was written and performed by Paul McCartney, and was a top-ten hit in the United States in early 1986, reaching No. 7 on the singles chart, making it McCartney’s final solo top-10 hit in the U.S. to date. It also reached #13 in the UK.

    The minute-long outro is uptempo while the title is being sung repeatedly. When the movie Spies Like Us hit the theaters, producers opted to play the outro first in the closing credits before playing the entire song.

    The video for the song, directed by John Landis (who also directed the movie), was not aired by the BBC because Dan Aykroyd and Chevy Chase appeared in it playing instruments. British labour rules prohibit non-musicians from performing in videos, and Aykroyd and Chase did not actually play on the record, though both have worked as professional musicians. The video ends with McCartney, Chase and Aykroyd walking across Abbey Road, parodying the famous album cover.

    McCartney, the song, and its associated film were all referenced in the Self song “Out With a Bang”

    Ooh ooh what do you do
    No one else can dance like you
    So what's all the fuss
    There ain't nobody that spies like us
    Hey hey what do you say
    Someone took your plans away
    So what's all the fuss
    There ain't nobody that spies like us

    Hey don't feel afraid
    Of an undercover aid
    There's no need to fuss
    There ain't nobody that spies like us

    Spies like us

    We don't know the meaning of fear
    We play every minute by ear
    One for all and all for one
    Everybody's on the run
    Especially at this time of year

    Ooh ooh what do you do
    No one else can dance like you
    So what's all the fuss
    There ain't nobody got spies like us

    Hey hey what do you say
    No one else can look that way
    So what's all the fuss
    There ain't nobody got spies like us

    We get there by hook or by crook
    We don't do a thing by…





     
  4. Piiijiii

    Piiijiii Without bogey music life is incomplete

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    Spies Like Us 3/5

    A little fun track. As 80s as 80s can be. Sometimes first takes are great but not necessarily these lyrics. Paul's style in the video is terrible.

     
  5. kaztor

    kaztor Music Is The Best!

    Spies Like Us:
    Not a big fan of this.
    A directionless bit of 80’s bombast.
    I even like the b-side better.
     
  6. Bemagnus

    Bemagnus Music is fun Thread Starter

    Sorry to say I find most things about this song terrible
    The movie ain t very good either
    As will show when we get to the next album this period ain t my favorite one of McCartney. He was not the only artist who somehow got lost in this time.
     
  7. 'Spies like Us ' is a crappy movie and the song doesn't help it one bit.
     
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  8. omikron

    omikron Avid contributor to Paul McCartney's bank account

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    I am very much excited about the upcoming chapter. One of the view things I think we are on polar opposites of.




    Spies Like Us: 2.5/5

    Over simplified coochie-coochie-goo-goo lyrics and a song that crescendos to ear-piercing vocals and guitar. The song probably would have been much better if it didn't have the long run time to keep pace with the credit roll at the end of the film. A tighter edit would have helped.
     
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  9. The only thing that truly would have helped was a better song.
     
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  10. Bemagnus

    Bemagnus Music is fun Thread Starter

    Add to that a better production
     
  11. omikron

    omikron Avid contributor to Paul McCartney's bank account

    Location:
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    Come now, it really isn't THAT bad.

    It's a silly song for a silly comedy. On some level, he was trying to write the song to fit the feel of the film.

    Another full-blown Live and Let Die would have just been out of place (but enjoyed!).
     
  12. Bemagnus

    Bemagnus Music is fun Thread Starter

    Im well aware that many people love the next album up for discussion.
     
  13. Bemagnus

    Bemagnus Music is fun Thread Starter

    I can agree that the movie and the song are of about the same quality
    :)
     
  14. Piiijiii

    Piiijiii Without bogey music life is incomplete

    Location:
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    I like silly 80s comedies. :)

    This one's no exception.

    What I don't like is the next album. Haven't listened to it in fifteen years since last week. In fact it's the only Macca album that I don't really know - in contrast to all the other albums I played a zillion times.
     
  15. kaztor

    kaztor Music Is The Best!

    Chevy I can handle in small doses.
    A bit too smug for his own good.

    I much prefer his arch-enemy Bill Murray. ;)

    [​IMG]
     
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  16. Bemagnus

    Bemagnus Music is fun Thread Starter

    Next one
    My Carnival
    B-side to Spies but of course recorded in New Orleans 1975. A nice professor longhair pastiche
    But
    Being a great admirer of New Orleans RnB nothing beats the original Longhair, Meters, Toussaint and all the others
     
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  17. Bemagnus

    Bemagnus Music is fun Thread Starter

    Nothing beats this
     
  18. Bemagnus

    Bemagnus Music is fun Thread Starter

    Another great original Carnival song
     
  19. I'm getting a real negative vibe that something bad is about to happen on this thread. Something real bad. And nasty.
    Well....so be it. Macca brought it on himself and there's no one else to blame.
     
    Last edited: Feb 18, 2020
  20. omikron

    omikron Avid contributor to Paul McCartney's bank account

    Location:
    Lexington, KY
    My Carnival: 2/5

    The 80s production and years of overdubs pretty much wash this song out to boredom sea. Actually, it’s more of a jam than a song. Good to see it was used as a b-side only where such things are somewhat excusable. The remix/extended version is pretty bad.
     
  21. omikron

    omikron Avid contributor to Paul McCartney's bank account

    Location:
    Lexington, KY
    No sir. Good Time Coming.
     
  22. Bemagnus

    Bemagnus Music is fun Thread Starter

    No way. The fun in sharing opnions will continue-all the way
    :)
     
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  23. Oh ! I wasn' t talkin' 'bout our shared opinions. I'm talkin' 'bout the **** storm that' s about to rain on Macca's head.
     
  24. Piiijiii

    Piiijiii Without bogey music life is incomplete

    Location:
    Ruhr Area, Germany
    Bill is my favourite actor :)
     
  25. kaztor

    kaztor Music Is The Best!

    If you’re talking PTP, nah.....
    I need to hear it again, but I do prefer it over POP.

    After that we’re steadily on the rise, starting with a marvelous compilation one-off which I regard as a classic, but we’re not there yet.

    My Carnival:
    Nothing major, just a fun little tune Wings knocked out in New Orleans (V&M) when they met with Professor Longhair when the Mardi Gras was happening. The clip that’s included on V&M’s superdeluxe efition is amusing with the band as high as a kite. I honestly prefer this over the empty noise of the a-side.
     

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