Saturday, March 3, 2012

My Brave Face


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The "My Brave Face" sleeve.



"My Brave Face" is the lead single off of Paul McCartney's "Flowers in the Dirt" album. Released on 8 May 1989 in the United Kingdom and 27 May 1989 in the United States, it marks the final US top 40 hit by any former Beatle in the lead credit (Paul has had some top-40 hits after "My Brave Face," but he was not in the lead credit). Thus, it represents the end of an epic 25-year chart run by a musical legend - who still had a lot of new music to offer, of course. The end of that run is a reflection on the de-emphasis on singles from this point in Paul's McCartney's career, as he continued to have great album success.

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"My Brave Face" apparently is not one of Paul's favorites. Paul McCartney has not performed "My Brave Face" publicly since 1991 (he does have a lot of hits to choose from). It appears on his live album "Tripping the Live Fantastic" but is not included on any compilation albums.

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"What did you expect?"

In the music video for "My Brave Face" shot by Roger Lunn, Paul takes on memorabilia collectors - and it turns out that HE wants all of his own memorabilia. Paul hints at a rarely-seen side of himself in the "My Brave Face" video, one that is vaguely sinister. According to some (but by no means all) insider accounts, this is a little closer to his Paul's real-life persona than the bubbly, peace-sign-waving "peace and love" Paul McCartney. This rare sort-of glimpse behind the curtain may be why Paul downplays this song. However... it's just a music video, not real life, of course, so it's more an indication that Paul was getting a little bored with his ever-sprightly public image at this point.

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The "My Brave Face" music video earned a nomination in the "Best Video" category at the 1990 Brit Awards and was included on the three-disc "The McCartney Years" video compilation in 2007.


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