Sticking Out Of My Back Pocket – March Medley Madness

Playlist cover featuring a photo of Paul recording McCartney III at the microphone stand. Text overlayed for 'Sticking Out of My Back Pocket' March Medley Madness

March has arrived and with it, a new playlist and a new season. Amidst the blooming flowers, longer evenings and a refreshing sense of renewal in the air, it’s the perfect time for us to ‘Sing the Changes’. 

Last month, we were thrilled to announce the upcoming 50th Anniversary half-speed mastered vinyl pressing of Paul McCartney and Wings Red Rose Speedway. In fact, we’ve been rinse and repeating through the album ahead of Record Store Day and took a cue from the album’s grand 10-minute plus mammoth finale for this month’s playlist.  

Paul's song writing techniques have always brought something fresh, breaking away from a tried and tested song structure. Just like the changing of the seasons, Paul’s songs are constantly evolving. So, for March’s playlist we’re celebrating Paul’s iconic and ever-changing medleys.  

For those who may not know, songs that are medleys are a unique and exciting musical journey that combine two or more different elements seamlessly into a multi-part arrangement. It’s not just us at who love a good medley - even Paul himself mentioned it in a previous 'You Gave Me The Answer' Q&A.  

This was more operatic in its form and I always liked that. You sometimes want to change something, you want to write a ballad, or you’re feeling a rocking thing, or sometimes a folk thing and then you want to put them together. It’s a format that I really enjoy writing, because it allows you to stretch. It’s something that I use quite often, like in ‘Band On The Run’. - Paul

There's so much to enjoy in Paul McCartney's medleys, from the seamless transition between the mid-tempo melodious 'Uncle Albert' to the foot-tapping guitar licks of 'Admiral Halsey' in 'Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey', the grand episodic journey that is 'Hunt You Down/Naked/C-Link' from Egypt Station.

These are just a tip of the iceberg as we dive into the world of McCartney medleys in this month's playlist. Make sure to listen to it on Spotify, and follow the playlist for next month's theme!

Visit the Record Store Day website for more information on the 50th anniversary half-speed mastered vinyl edition of Red Rose Speedway.