Recorded: 31 October; 3, 10, 15, 17 November 1980; 1984
Producer: George Martin
Released: 12 November 1984
Pure McCartney (Deluxe Edition)
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Not the feature I thought I was going to write today, but they’ve just announced a 7″ vinyl picture disc of this song, so I thought I’d put something on the site.
1 May 2011
From Joe’s article
The single was a hit in the UK, peaking at number three in the charts, held off the top by Band Aid’s ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’ and Wham!’s ‘Last Christmas’.
Always knew what it was that kept Wham off #1 but never realised that both were the reason for ‘WAST’ not getting higher up the charts.
Always mocked as being some kind of career nadir yet I adore the whole damn thing (that’s including the b-side which is so out there it’s beyond the whole ‘WTF singing frogs going “bum bum bum”” mentality). The song is great fun, has some beautiful George Martin orchestration and features one of the greatest lyrics Paul ever wrote
Play The Game, Fight The Fight
But What’s The Point On A Beautiful Night?
Always think this is one of those songs where everyone says they hate it and it is embarrassing just to fit in with the crowds. Forget that and enjoy a fabulously fantastic song.
The cartoon is also brilliant. Well worth watching. And I’ve always hated Rupert The Bear.
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"I told you everything I could about me, Told you everything I could" ('Before Believing' - Emmylou Harris)
The single came out when I was eight. I remember it being sung and talked about loads at my school. The presence of Rupert The Bear in the video always struck me as odd, since he didn’t seem to have anything to do with the song (I found out later McCartney owned the rights, and that this was part of a bigger animation thing).
It’s also funny that this came out in 1984, which (IMO) was a really strong year for British pop music. So many classics came out that year.
What’s also odd is that this came out just three weeks after Give My Regards To Broad Street – the album hit number one a week before We All Stand Together came out. Nowadays major acts always leave a bigger gap between projects to let them sell well.
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