Monday, February 27, 2012

Say, Say, Say


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Paul McCartney teamed with Michael Jackson on "Say Say Say" which appeared on Paul's "Pipes of Peace" album. It is Paul's biggest post-Beatles hit, spending six weeks at No. 1 in the United States and hitting No. 2 in the United Kingdom. The song's success no doubt was helped by Jackson's popularity peaking right about then. However, it's a very catchy tune, and the $500k video directed by famed music video director Bob Giraldi is like a mini-movie. The video features Linda McCartney (who provides backing vocals along with Eric Stewart) and Michae's sister, LaToya Jackson (who, somewhat weirdly, is Michael's love interest in the video).

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It was lucky for Paul that he had "Say Say Say" on "Pipes of Peace," which was released 31 October 1983. Having a popular single on an album is a sure-fire way to drive sales. Otherwise, to be honest, "Pipes of Peace" wasn't that memorable, and only one other single, the title track, was released from it, and to mediocre results. "Pipes of Peace" only hit No. 15 in the United States and No. 4 in the UK, very unsatisfactory results for a new McCartney studio album. Having the global Platinum smash hit "Say Say Say" on "Pipes of Peace" probably kept that album from doing much worse.

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There's a weird epilogue to the filming of the music video for "Say Say Say." Paul and Linda were staying at a 3000-acre ranch in the Santa Ynez Valley of California. Michael visited them there, liked the property, and decided to buy it whenever it became available. He bought the property a few years later and renamed it "Neverland Ranch." As of this writing long after Jackson's death, the property is owned by Colony NorthStar, but still hasn't been used by anyone else. It exists in a sort of limbo, stripped of its vestiges of Jackson but not used by anyone else, either, because Colony NorthStar has been unable to sell it.

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The video for "Say Say Say" is, I believe, the most ambitious music video of Paul's entire career, though that's a pretty sweeping statement for someone who has filmed as many music videos as he has. Art Carney of all people is in the video in a blink-and-you'll-miss-it appearance as someone watching the proceedings. Personal note, I was on a ferry between Copenhagen and Turku in the Baltic in 1986 and was seated near some locals. They were speaking on and on about something or other in German, and then came the magic words "Say, Say, Say," followed by lots of laughs. It was the only thing I understood them to say all night. Just shows that this wasn't just some local phenomenon, these types of videos affected people everywhere.



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