Basement Flat

Written by Roger McGoughMike McGear

Album This song officially appears on the McGough & McGear (Mono) LP.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1968

Related sessions

This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions


Recording "McGough & McGear"

From June 18, 1967 to ?

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Song facts

Basement Flat” is a track from the 1968 album “McGough & McGear“, by Roger McGough and Mike McCartney – brother of Paul – known professionally as Mike McGear. Paul McCartney helped with the production of the whole album:

Though production was credited to “All of Us,” those duties were in fact shared by several fellows. If his brother Paul was there, Mike recalls, “he would be the producer, ’cause I’d be out on the floor. If our kid didn’t do it, it would be me doing it. I, having been brought up with a musical brother, and having seen so much of what he did, learned a lot myself of what I wanted. If I was in the studio and our kid wasn’t there, Paul Samwell-Smith [later to produce Cat Stevens and Carly Simon] would have helped. He was a great listener, very good producer.

From Liner notes to CD reissue of McGough & McGear (richieunterberger.com)

“Basement Flat” could probably drive you mad eventually, especially that pneumatic drill. It’s written by Roger, composed by Michael, with an echo, a cuckoo clock and friends thrown in. The whole session was improvised, though it doesn’t always show, but it does tell in the line “So why don’t you marry me”. You can sense Michael having a go at singing in different ways, waiting to see how the instruments will answer him.

From the original liner notes, by Hunter Davies

Last updated on June 29, 2021

Officially appears on


McGough & McGear (Mono)

LP • Released in 1968

2:44 • Studio versionA • Mono

Paul McCartney :
Producer
Paul Samwell-Smith :
Producer
Mike McGear :
Producer

Session Recording:
From June 18, 1967 to ?
Studio :
De Lane Lea Music Recording Studios, London, UK (and other studios?)


McGough & McGear (Stereo)

LP • Released in 1968

2:44 • Studio versionB • Stereo

Paul McCartney :
Producer
Paul Samwell-Smith :
Producer
Mike McGear :
Producer

Session Recording:
From June 18, 1967 to ?
Studio :
De Lane Lea Music Recording Studios, London, UK (and other studios?)


McGough & McGear (2016 remaster)

CD • Released in 2016

2:44 • Studio versionB2016 • Stereo • 2016 remaster

Paul McCartney :
Producer
Paul Samwell-Smith :
Producer
Mike McGear :
Producer

Session Recording:
From June 18, 1967 to ?
Studio :
De Lane Lea Music Recording Studios, London, UK (and other studios?)


McGough & McGear (2016 remaster)

CD • Released in 2016

2:44 • Studio versionA2016 • Mono • 2016 remaster

Paul McCartney :
Producer
Paul Samwell-Smith :
Producer
Mike McGear :
Producer

Session Recording:
From June 18, 1967 to ?
Studio :
De Lane Lea Music Recording Studios, London, UK (and other studios?)

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.

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