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Biker Like An Icon

Written by Paul McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the Off The Ground Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1993

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Song facts

From Wikipedia:

Biker Like an Icon” is a song by Paul McCartney from his 1993 album Off the Ground. It was released as 7″ and CD singles. Commenting this song, Paul McCartney stated that the line “Biker like an icon” came from a conversation about photo cameras with his wife Linda McCartney. The phrase “I like a Leica” became “I like a Nikon” and the lyrics were built around that line with a story of a girl loving a biker like an icon.

The music video for the song first aired on MTV’s First Look television show. The clip was repeated the following day.

From the “New World Tour” tour book:

PAUL: “Linda was talking about cameras, and she said, I Jike a Leica, which became I like a Nikon. I started messing with that and it became a biker who had a girl who loved him like an icon – Biker Like An Icon. I like confusing titles. I remember when John and me would always look at the new titles in the American charts and get intrigued by things like Quarter To Three by US Bonds — what could that be about? It was very important to us to get a title that had that buzz. Think of our titles after, I dunno, I Wanna Hold Your Hand –  Hard Day’s Night, Strawberry Fields, Penny Lane, Fixing A Hole.

ROBBIE: Biker Like An Icon was the first thing we recorded after Paul first played us the songs. All we were doing was getting sounds. We took about 15 minutes to learn the shape of it, then we just did it.

HAMISH: A few weeks later we listened back to it, looked at one another and thought, Are we going to spend a day trying to better this? No Point. The magic is there.

Last updated on May 12, 2019

Lyrics

There was a girl who loved a biker
She used to follow him across America
But the biker didn't like her.

She didn't care, she still persisted
Though her brother said she was twisted
And the family said they wouldn't miss her
Anyway.

She loved the biker like an icon
Gazing at his picture everyday.
She loved the biker like an icon
Slowly watching precious water drip away.

She did her best to fix a meeting
She pulled it off one night in Hollywood
When he met her he couldn't let her get away.

He didn't ask for her permission
He took advantage of her position
But he was always her ambition
Anyway.

She loved her biker like an icon
Gazing at his picture everyday.
She loved her biker like an icon
Slowly watching precious water drip away.

The family tried so hard to find her
They showed her picture across America.
But no trace of her sweet face
Was ever found.

She loved her biker like an icon
Gazing at his picture everyday.
She loved her biker like an icon
Slowly watching precious water drip away.

Officially appears on


Off The Ground

Official album • Released in 1993

3:26 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Percussion, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Keyboards
Robbie McIntosh:
Slide guitar
Hamish Stuart:
Backing vocals, Bass
Paul Wickens:
Keyboards, Piano
Blair Cunningham:
Drums
Julian Mendelsohn:
Producer
Bob Kraushaar:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Nov 25, 1991
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Mixing:
September - October 1992
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013) on Amazon


Paul Is Live

Official live • Released in 1993

3:40 • LiveL1

Performed by:
Paul McCartneyLinda McCartneyRobbie McIntoshHamish StuartPaul WickensBlair Cunningham
Paul McCartney:
Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Engineering, Mixing
Julian Mendelsohn:
Recording
Bob Kraushaar:
Recording

Concert From the concert in Boulder, USA on May 26, 1993


Off the Ground - The Complete Works

Official album • Released in 1993

3:26 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Percussion, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Keyboards
Robbie McIntosh:
Slide guitar
Hamish Stuart:
Backing vocals, Bass
Paul Wickens:
Keyboards, Piano
Blair Cunningham:
Drums
Julian Mendelsohn:
Producer
Bob Kraushaar:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Nov 25, 1991
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Mixing:
September - October 1992
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013) on Amazon


Motor Of Love

Official album • Released in 2005

3:24 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Percussion, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Keyboards
Robbie McIntosh:
Slide guitar
Hamish Stuart:
Backing vocals, Bass
Paul Wickens:
Keyboards, Piano
Blair Cunningham:
Drums
Julian Mendelsohn:
Producer
Bob Kraushaar:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Nov 25, 1991
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Mixing:
September - October 1992
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013) on Amazon

Bootlegs


Magical Toronto Night

Unofficial live

4:09 • Live

Concert From the concert in Toronto, Canada on Jun 06, 1993


Let Me Roll It To Boulder

Unofficial live

4:08 • Live

Concert From the concert in Boulder, USA on May 26, 1993


219 W. 53 Street

Unofficial live • Released in 1993

3:35 • Live • Recorded Live at The Ed Sullivan Theatre, New York 10 December, 1992 - for the "Up Close" TV show

Paul McCartney:
Bass guitar, Piano, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Background vocals, Keyboard
Robbie McIntosh:
Guitar
Hamish Stuart:
Bass guitar
Paul Wickens:
Keyboard
Blair Cunningham:
Drums

First Night

Unofficial live • Released in 1993

4:06 • Live


Viva Las Vegas

Unofficial live • Released in 1993

4:18 • Live

Concert From the concert in Las Vegas, USA on Apr 14, 1993


Videos

Album • Off The Ground

Live performances

“Biker Like An Icon” has been played in 82 concerts and 1 soundchecks.

Latest concerts where “Biker Like An Icon” has been played








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