Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Paul on the Late Late Breakfast Show 1983




Paul McCartney in a humorous appearance on a very British morning show in 1983 along with Linda. At first, it appears that Paul is there to promote his upcoming film "Give My Regards to Broad Street." Actually, though, Paul is there for a much different reason.

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Paul McCartney had just released his "Say, Say, Say" video. Paul and Michael Jackson, his duet partner in the song, made a video, but it came out after the single started dropping in the charts. "Top of the Pops" would not show the video because they had a weird rule that videos were not allowed for any single dropping in the charts. Since he couldn't get on Top of the Pops, Paul and Linda went on "The Late, Late Breakfast Show" with Noel Edmonds to promote the single.

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The odd thing about this - actually, there are several odd things - is that the awkward interview worked. "Say, Say, Say" reversed course and went back up the British charts, ultimately peaking at No. 2 (and No. 1 in the United States). However, there are some other tasty bits about this interview. Note that Paul mentions filming the "Say, Say, Say" video north of Los Angeles. While filming the video, Paul and Linda stayed at a grand estate. Michael came to visit them there, fell in love with the house and grounds, and bought the estate after Paul and Linda left. This became Michale Jackson's famous "Neverland Ranch."

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The jokes fall a bit flat, but Paul's a trouper and energetically promotes his video along with Linda. Paul repeated the stunt with "Spies Like Us," which also did well on the charts. As you can see, even when you're a global superstar and one of the richest men in England, it's still important to get out there and flog your product.

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