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Spies Like Us

Written by Paul McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the Spies Like Us 7" Single.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1985

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Song facts

From Wikipedia:

“Spies Like Us” is the title song to the 1985 Warner Bros. motion picture of the same name, starring Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd and Donna Dixon. It was written and performed by Paul McCartney, and was a top-ten hit in the United States in early 1986, reaching No. 7 on the singles chart, making it McCartney’s final solo top-10 hit in the U.S. to date. It also reached #13 in the UK.

Multiple releases were issued in the UK: a regular 7″ single, a 7″ shaped picture disc, a regular 12″ single featuring extended mixes and the B-side “My Carnival” (a song by Wings from the Venus and Mars session) and a 12″ picture disc.

The minute-long outro is uptempo while the title is being sung repeatedly. When the movie Spies Like Us hit the theaters, producers opted to play the outro first in the closing credits before playing the entire song.

“Spies Like Us” was released on CD in 1993, as part of the release of The Paul McCartney Collection, as a bonus track on the album Press to Play. The B-side, “My Carnival”, was released as a bonus track on Venus and Mars, and the 12″ single was an exclusive to iTunes.

The video for the song, directed by John Landis (who also directed the movie), was not aired by the BBC because Dan Aykroyd and Chevy Chase appeared in it playing instruments. British labour rules prohibit non-musicians from performing in videos, and Aykroyd and Chase did not actually play on the record, though both have worked as professional musicians. The video ends with McCartney, Chase and Aykroyd walking across Abbey Road, parodying the famous album cover.

McCartney, the song, and its associated film were all referenced in the Self song “Out With a Bang”.

Last updated on March 15, 2014

Officially appears on

Spies Like Us

7" Single • Released in 1985

4:47 • Studio version

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Bass, Drums, Electric guitar, Keyboards, Percussion, Tambourine, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals
Eric Stewart:
Backing vocals
Eddie Rayner:
Kate Robbins:
Backing vocals
Ruby James:
Backing vocals

Press To Play (1993)

Official album • Released in 1993

4:45 • Studio version


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol.19

Unofficial album

0:56 • Studio version

MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol.20

Unofficial album

4:47 • Studio version

MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol.20

Unofficial album

4:37 • Studio version

MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol.20

Unofficial album

3:55 • Studio version

MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol.20

Unofficial album

7:06 • Studio version

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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