Recording "Silly Love Songs"

First half of March 1983 • For Paul McCartney

Part of

"Give My Regards To Broad Street" sessions

December 1982 to July 1984 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Give My Regards To Broad Street (CD version)

Album Songs recorded during this session officially appear on the Give My Regards To Broad Street (CD version) Official album.

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Steve Lukather, from TOTO band, said about this session:

Soon after the [1982] Grammys, Jeff and I flew to London to begin work on McCartney’s Give My Regards To Broad Street soundtrack album. We felt a little uncomfortable because at the ceremony Toto IV had beaten Paul’s Tug Of War to Album Of The Year. As soon as we met up with him, Paul said to me, ‘You know, the Beatles never won a Grammy.’ Of course, he was fucking with us but succeeded in making me feel both a dick and embarassed for having won. As I found out only later, it also wasn’t true. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band had won Album Of The Year in 1968, as it should have.

Paul’s original idea was to cut the soundtrack record live on the film set. In case that didn’t work out, and in advance of shooting, he had also arranged for us to put down our track at EMI’s studios. We were doing a version of the old Wings tune ‘Silly Love Songs’, but funkier than the original and in part because Paul had also hired Louis Johnson from the Thriller sessions. […]

The filming was done at EMI Elstree Studios on the outskirts of London. […] When we, at last, made it onto the set, all of the instruments and amps were plugged in and ready to go. In spite of how well the date had gone at EMI, I think Paul thought we might put down something else that was interesting and different once the cameras were rolling. Like I said, though, once you have done thirty takes of a track, inevitably the very earliest will prove the best. In total, we spent two weeks working with Paul. […]

Steve Lukather, from his biography, “The Gospel According to Luke

Songs recorded

Going further

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