Welcome to the first in an occasional series paying tribute to the promotional video versatility of James Paul McCartney.
A man meeting his people
THINGS TO KNOW:
a) It was the lead single off Macca’s 1986 album ‘Press To Play’.
b) Both it and the LP flopped.
c) The song was produced by Hugh “Phil Collins” Padgham.
d) It contains the inexplicable lyric “Oklahama was never like this”.
e) It also contains a trademark “excited” count-in from the man himself.
f) There is a none-more-80s “breakdown” two thirds of the way through.
THINGS TO LOOK OUT FOR:
A veritable prize showroom catalogue of the man’s finest tricks and techniques:
a) Some pointless pointing.
b) Harmless joshing with pensioners and foreigners.
c) “Walking against the wind” in a comical fashion.
d) A weird bit of business on the escalator c. 2:38.
e) The Macca Face.
f) Lots of mid-80s pot pourri, including those old London Underground maps which lit up when, ahem, pressed.