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Bip Bop

Album This song officially appears on the Wild Life Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1971
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

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Song facts

Bip Bop” is the second track from Wings’ debut album, “Wild Life“, released in 1971.  It was the first song of the album to be recorded (July 24th), one of the last ones to be mixed (October 17th) ; and strange thing, has been recorded in mono.

Aside the version recorded with the full band, there is also one acoustic & instrumental version that has become “Bip Bop Link” placed towards the end of the album.

If “Wild Life” has often been considered as a low-point in Paul McCartney’s career, “Bip Bop” is likely to be the low point of the album; to such extent that Paul doesn’t keep the song high in his own esteem.

[…] The weakest song I have ever written in my life […]

Paul McCartney

[…] It just goes nowhere. I still cringe every time I hear it. […]

Paul McCartney

[…] It’s the one our baby likes. […]

Paul McCartney

When you allow yourself to be playful, the morning after or the month after or the year after, you can just think, Oh, maybe that was a bit too playful.

Paul McCartney

I remember saying to Trevor Horn that I really hated the songs from that period.  And he asked which ones.  “There’s a terrible little thing on Wild Life called Bip Bop”, I said, “It’s just nothing”.  And he said “You’re kidding, man, that’s one of my favourites!”.  My son’s been playing it recently and I think it’s a cracking little track.  I’d gone with the current opinion at the time, that it wasn’t much good.

Paul McCartney, Record Collector, June 1997

Paul McCartney in "Conversations With McCartney", by Paul Du Noyer:

That’s my theory, that in years to come, people may actually look at all my work rather than the context of it following the Beatles. That’s the danger, as it came from Here, There And Everywhere, Yesterday, The Fool On The Hill, to Bip Bop, which is such an inconsequential little song. I must say, I’ve always hated that song.

From paulmccartney.com, October 29, 2018:

PM.com: You mentioned while you were remastering the track that you were perhaps a little embarrassed by the lyrics?

Paul: Well, definitely ‘Bip Bop’, I was, yeah. I mean, you know, we didn’t get good reviews for this because I think people were expecting something more sort of Beatle-like and I was purposefully digging my heels in saying, ‘We’re not gonna do that’. Just like an imitation of The Beatles. I didn’t feel like that was a good way to go. 

Last updated on November 26, 2018

Lyrics

Bip bop, bip bop, bop,
Bip bop, bip bop, bam.
Bip bop, bip bop, bop,
Bip bop, bip bop, bam.

Take your bottom dollar, hold it in your hand,
(And you go) Bip bop, bip bop, bop.
Try to hide your handbag, underneath the stand,
(And you go) Bip bop, bip bop, bop.
Bip bop, bip bop, bam,

Try to hide your handbag, underneath the stand,
Wip wop, wim and wop,
Wip wop, wim and wam.
Wip wop, wim and wop,
Wip wop, wim and wam.
Bip bop, bip bop, bop
Bip bop, bip bop, bam.
Wip wop, wim and wop,
Wip wop, wim and wam,
Wip wop, wim and wop,
Wip wop, wim and wam.

Try to hide your handbag underneath the stand,
(And you go) wip wop, wam and wop,
Wip wop, wim and wam.
Put your hair in curlers, we're goin' to see a band
Wip wop, wim and wop,
Wip wop, wim and wam.

Treat me like a good boy, treat me like a man.

Take me hair in curlers, treat me like a man.

Officially appears on


Wild Life

Official album • Released in 1971

4:10 • Studio versionA • Mono

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Electric guitar, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Tambourine (?), Vocals
Denny Laine:
Electric guitar
Denny Seiwell:
Drums, Tambourine (?)
Tony Clark:
Engineer
Alan Parsons:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Jul 24, 1971
Studio:
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Oct 17, 1971
Studio:
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

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


Wild Life (1993)

Official album • Released in 1993

4:10 • Studio versionR1993 • 1993 remastering

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Electric guitar, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Tambourine (?), Vocals
Denny Laine:
Electric guitar
Denny Seiwell:
Drums, Tambourine (?)
Tony Clark:
Engineer
Alan Parsons:
Engineer
Peter Mew:
Remastering

Session Recording:
Jul 24, 1971
Studio:
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Oct 17, 1971
Studio:
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

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


Wingspan Hits And History

Official album • Released in 2001

3:37 • Studio versionB


Pure McCartney (Deluxe)

Official album • Released in 2016

Studio versionR2016 • 2016 remastering

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Electric guitar, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Tambourine (?), Vocals
Denny Laine:
Electric guitar
Denny Seiwell:
Drums, Tambourine (?)
Tony Clark:
Engineer
Alan Parsons:
Engineer
Alex Wharton:
Remastering

Session Recording:
Jul 24, 1971
Studio:
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Oct 17, 1971
Studio:
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

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


Wild Life (2018)

Official album • Released in 2018

Studio versionR2018 • 2018 Remaster

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Electric guitar, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Tambourine (?), Vocals
Denny Laine:
Electric guitar
Denny Seiwell:
Drums, Tambourine (?)
Tony Clark:
Engineer
Alan Parsons:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Jul 24, 1971
Studio:
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Oct 17, 1971
Studio:
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

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


Wild Life (2018)

Official album • Released in 2018

Rough mixC


Wild Life (2018)

Official album • Released in 2018

DemoD • Home Recording


Wings Over Europe

Official album • Released in 2018

LiveL1

Concert From the concert in The Hague, Netherlands on Aug 21, 1972

Bootlegs


Studio Rarities Vol. 1

Unofficial album • Released in 2014

1:52 • Outtake • acoustic




First Live Show

Unofficial live

2:47 • Live



Live performances

“Bip Bop” has been played in 29 concerts.

Latest concerts where “Bip Bop” has been played








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