Spies Like Us / My Carnival

By Paul McCartney7" Single • Part of the collection “Paul McCartney • Singles

UK release date:
Nov 18, 1985
R 6118

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Side 1


Spies Like Us

Written by Paul McCartney

4:47 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Backing vocals, Bass, Drums, Electric guitar, Keyboards, Percussion, Producer, Tambourine, Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals
Eric Stewart :
Backing vocals
Phil Ramone :
Eddie Rayner :
Kate Robbins :
Backing vocals
Ruby James :
Backing vocals
Hugh Padgham :

Session Recording:
September 1985
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Mixing:
September 1985
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Side 2


My Carnival

Written by Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney

3:59 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Crowd vocals, Piano, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals, Crowd vocals, Piano
Denny Laine :
Backing vocals, Bass, Crowd vocals
Jimmy McCulloch :
Crowd vocals, Electric guitar
Joe English :
Crowd vocals, Drums
Tony Dorsey :
Crowd vocals, Trombone
Alan O'Duffy :
Recording engineer
Ken Lexton :
Crowd vocals, Trumpet
George Porter Jr. :
Cow-bell, Crowd vocals
Benny Spellman :
Bass backing vocals, Crowd vocals

Session Recording:
Feb 12, 1975
Studio :
Sea-Saint Recording Studio, New Orleans, USA


From the press release:


Paul McCartney’s first and only single for 1985 — and his first for Capitol Records since his return this fall to the label which first signed the Beatles in 1962 — is the theme song for Spies Like Us, a feature film comedy (Warner Bros.) starring Dan Aykroyd and Chevy Chase and directed by John Landis. Produced by McCartney, Phil Ramone and Hugh Padgham, “Spies Like Us” continues McCartney’s venturing into film songwriting, following his blockbuster hit for the James Bond thriller Live And Let Die, as well as songs for 1983’s Beyond The Limit and his own full-length feature, last year’s Give My Regards to Broad Street.

One of the world’s most successful recording artists and songwriters, McCartney took time out from working on a new album to see a rough cut of the film at Landis’ request. Sufficiently impressed and inspired, McCartney wrote and recorded the song in one week.

Says McCartney, “John Landis rang me and said he wanted an uptempo rock ‘n’ rolly thing. I thought I might have done a Bondy type song — the 75-piece orchestra, more melodic, with maybe an Eastern touch, the known ingredients for a ‘spy’ type of song. (But) I think one of the fun things about what I’m doing now is varying those things a bit.”

The single features backing vocals from Linda McCartney, 10 cc’s Eric Stewart, Paul’s cousin Kate Robbins, and Ruby James. Keyboards were performed by Eddie Rayner of Split Enz. McCartney plays every other instrument on the record.

The single’s ‘B’ side is “My Carnival,” which was recorded during the 1975 New Orleans sessions for the Venus & Mars LP. The late Jimmy McCulloch, R&B legend Benny Speelman, and The Meters’ George Porter appear on the record.

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Candice chapman 7 years ago

I'd like to buy the song Spies like Us through I tunes. What do I do?

The PaulMcCartney Project 7 years ago

Hello Candice,
I'm sorry, but don't know iTunes. Also seeing that it's not available on Amazon or Spotify. It might be difficult to buy it as online!

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