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Percy "Thrills" Thrillington

Pseudonym used by Paul McCartney

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Percy “Thrills” Thrillington” was the pseudonym used by Paul McCartney to release in 1977 the instrumental version of RAM that was recorded 6 years before in 1971.

I did one of my favorite little tricks, which was to use a pseudonym. Me and Linda sat around and we invented this character called Percy Thrillington.

Paul McCartney

“So we invented it all, Linda and I, and we went around southern Ireland and found a guy in a field, a young farmer, and asked if he minded doing some photographic modelling for us. We wanted to find someone that no one could possibly trace, paid him the going rate, and photographed him in a field, wearing a sweater and then wearing an evening suit. But he never quite looked Percy Thrillington enough.”

Paul McCartney
From Twitter – #ThrowbackThursday #TBT Photo by Linda McCartney #Thrillington

From RAM – Archive Collection, 2012:

For the record’s release, Paul and Linda devised a novel promotional scheme whereby the fabricated Percy Thrillington generated curiosity by taking out classified ads in the back section of British newspapers, making cryptic announcements such as “Percy Thrillington wishes to announce that, comforted by his specialist’s verdict regarding his condition, he has departed, all smiles, for Yorkshire.” In addition, fake business cards were deliberately left in select locations around London, while radio and poster campaigns also tried to build a mystique. Ultimately, however, Thrillington failed to chart.

Then we started this whole business in the Evening Standard ad columns, which was the really fun thing, putting in things like ‘Must get in touch wit… Thrillington’, as a result of which the newspaper columns picked up on it – ‘Has anyone seen this rubbish going on in the Evening Standard about Percy Thrillington?’ – and it was good publicity. It was one of our madcap publicity schemes, as if we were managing this character called Percy Thrillington.

Paul McCartney

Paul finally acknowedged he was Thrillington during a press conference on November 27, 1989, when journalist Peter Palmiere pressed him on the matter:

What a great question to end the conference. The world needs to know! But seriously it was me and Linda – and we kept it a secret for a long time but now the world knows! – you blew it!

Paul McCartney

From RAM – Archive Collection, 2012:

I was hoping to remain anonymous. I always like people not to know what I’m doing. That’s why I find the whole social networking a bit weird. I think it’s something to do with having been Beatles famous. […] For years I denied any responsibility and authorship because then, for me, I just had something on people – it was a good feeling. I’d just say, ‘I’m sorry. I have no idea who this person is or why he has covered my album’. I basically enjoy lying! 

Paul McCartney

Last updated on November 14, 2018

Albums, EPs & Singles by Percy "Thrills" Thrillington


Albums, EPs & Singles by Percy "Thrills" Thrillington contributed to


Thrillington

By Percy "Thrills" Thrillington • Official album

Contribution: Producer • 11 songs


Ram - Archive Collection

By Paul & Linda McCartney • Official album

Contribution: Producer • 11 songs


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