Monday, February 27, 2012

Jet - video

The people behind "Jet."

"Jet" is the first single off of the highly successful "Band On the Run" album. It peaked at No. 7 in both the United States and the United Kingdom. Most printings had "Let Me Roll It" as the flip side, but the first US pressings had "Mamunia" on the B side.


According to Paul McCartney, the song is about his dog named Jet:
We've got a Labrador puppy who is a runt, the runt of a litter. We bought her along a roadside in a little pet shop, out in the country one day. She was a bit of a wild dog, a wild girl who wouldn't stay in. We have a big wall around our house in London, and she wouldn't stay in, she always used to jump the wall. She'd go out on the town for the evening, like Lady and the Tramp. She must have met up with some big black Labrador or something. She came back one day pregnant. She proceeded to walk into the garage and have this litter... Seven little black puppies, perfect little black Labradors, and she's not black, she's tan. So we worked out it must have been a black Labrador. What we do is if either of the dogs we have has a litter, we try to keep them for the puppy stage, so we get the best bit of them, and then when they get a bit unmanageable we ask people if they want to have a puppy. So Jet was one of the puppies. We give them all names. We've had some great names, there was one puppy called Golden Molasses. I rather like that. Then there was one called Brown Megs, named after a Capitol executive. They've all gone now. The people change the names if they don't like them.
As with many things that Paul says about his songs, though, he later "recalled better" in a UK television interview, claiming that it actually was a pony that he owned. Then still later, he claimed that it was about... meeting Linda's father. The reality is probably that he just liked the word "Jet" and made the rest of it up, as Paul seems to like to come up with sentimental explanations for his songs that change over time.


Unlike most of the rest of "Band On the Run," which was partially recorded in Lagos, Nigeria, "Jet" was recorded entirely at EMI studios in London. The group did a lot of "completing" of Band On the Run" in London.


As a couple of members of "Wings" had quit right before the "Band On the Run" sessions, the group essentially was down to the core of Paul, Linda McCartney, and Denny Laine. Howie Casey provided the sax riffs:

  • Paul McCartney – lead vocals, guitar, bass guitar, drums
  • Linda McCartney – backing vocals, keyboards
  • Denny Laine – backing vocals, guitar
  • Howie Casey – saxophone



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