You Gave Me The Answer - Kayla from the US asks…
Well, it has certainly been a busy time here at PaulMcCartney.com! Fans will be aware that last Friday saw the reissue of Tug of War and Pipes of Peace. Having been completely immersed in both albums for the last few months we were very excited to sit down with Paul in his London office to ask him this month’s question, sent in by Kayla from the US.
Kayla asks, “What was it like working with Michael Jackson?”
This timed in perfectly with the release of the new 'Say Say Say [2015 Remix]' video, which was premiered exclusively at Facebook yesterday!
Paul responded: “Thanks for your question Kayla. I got a phone call from someone who I thought was a girl - a fan - because of the high voice so I was a little bit apprehensive at first about who it was. And then it turned out to be Michael and he said, ‘Do you want to make some hits?’ And I said, ‘Yeah, sure!’ So anyway, we decided that he would come over to England and he hung out with us as a family. It was a lot of fun! The guy who he had as his kind of handler at the time - who looked after him and helped him get from here to there, a guy called Billy - liked seeing how natural Michael got with just hanging out with the family. He said, ‘Oh, you guys are really good for Michael’. So yeah, we had a lot of fun – a really good time. We ended up in my office and wrote ‘Say Say Say’ there, on the upright piano.
"And then that was that, Michael went back to America and demoed it – so he thought – with some LA guys. But when I heard it, I thought it was fantastic. Because the LA session guys are really super, good and funky so that’s pretty much what we used as the backing track. That’s what Michael came back with. So that was great, he was always really good to work with. Then we did the video, which was fun. We did that out in California and yeah, it was really nice – a good time!”
So now you've heard what it was like working with Michael Jackson, why not check out the new Ryan Heffington-directed video for 'Say Say Say [2015 Remix] below:
'Say Say Say [2015 Remix]' is released as part of the new Pipes of Peace reissue which can be picked up at your local music store or online through the below links: