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Stranglehold

Album This song officially appears on the Press To Play Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1986

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Song facts

From Wikipedia:

“Stranglehold” is a song by Paul McCartney that was originally released on his 1986 album Press to Play. It was isued as single exclusively in the US and reached number 81. The b-side featured the remix of “Angry” by Larry Alexander taken from the previous single “Pretty Little Head

From “Club Sandwich 42 – Autumn 1986“:

Messrs. Marotta and Padgham justify themselves immediately: the crisp drumwork is beautifully recorded and propels an arresting track which can only be described as swinging. Paul and Eric drive it along on acoustic guitars, saxophone swells occur at just the right moments and there’s some delightful, clipped electric rhythm guitar.

Eric Steward, about the production of “Press To Play”:

God knows what happened, but by the time it was finished there were four producers involved and they’d messed up those songs, like ‘Angry’, totally changed them, a great song called ‘Stranglehold’, which was a beautiful song we’d written together, buggered it all up with blipping saxes going all the way through the verses

Eric Steward, 2017, from FarOut Magazine

Last updated on September 22, 2019

Lyrics

Can I get you to give me a minute of your time?
Can I get you to slip me the answer?
Can I get you to show me a little of your mime?
You were always a very good dancer.

I'd be happy to show you a bit of what I found,
I'd be happy to share in its beauty,
I'd be happy to lay low inevitably bound,
I would only be doing my duty.

I wait, I wait, I can wait. I can wait back in the bar.
I can wait, I can wait, I can wait back in the car.
I'll be waiting for you.

Stranglehold, you know you've got one on me,
I don't want to go without you.
Stranglehold, you've got me where you want me,
But I want to know more about you.
I want to know more about you.

Are you willing to wager a little of your life?
Are you willing to take such a gamble?
Are you ready to walk on the edge of the knife?
Then I think we can skip the preamble.

I wait, I wait, I can wait. I can wait.
I can wait back in the bar, I can wait, I can wait,
I can wait back in the car, I'll be waiting for you.
I'll be waiting...

Stranglehold, you know you've got one on me,
I don't want to go without you.
Stranglehold, you've got me where you want me,
And I want to know more about you.
I want to know more about you.

I can wait, I can wait back in the bar.
I can wait, I can wait, I can wait back in the car.
I'll be waiting for you.

Officially appears on


Press To Play

Official album • Released in 1986

3:36 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Bass, Electric guitar, Producer, Vocals
Eric Stewart:
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Electric guitar
Jerry Marotta:
Drums
Gary Barnacle:
Horns (?)
Dick Morrisey:
Horns (?)
Hugh Padgham:
Engineering, Mixing, Producer

Session Recording:
March - May 1985
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Overdubs:
October 1st - December 6th 1985
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Mixing:
April 14th-18th 1986
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

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


Stranglehold / Angry

7" Single • Released in 1986

3:36 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Bass, Electric guitar, Producer, Vocals
Eric Stewart:
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Electric guitar
Jerry Marotta:
Drums
Gary Barnacle:
Horns (?)
Dick Morrisey:
Horns (?)
Hugh Padgham:
Engineering, Mixing, Producer

Session Recording:
March - May 1985
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Overdubs:
October 1st - December 6th 1985
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Mixing:
April 14th-18th 1986
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

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


Press To Play (1993)

Official album • Released in 1993

3:36 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Bass, Electric guitar, Producer, Vocals
Eric Stewart:
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Electric guitar
Jerry Marotta:
Drums
Gary Barnacle:
Horns (?)
Dick Morrisey:
Horns (?)
Hugh Padgham:
Engineering, Mixing, Producer

Session Recording:
March - May 1985
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Overdubs:
October 1st - December 6th 1985
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Mixing:
April 14th-18th 1986
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

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

Bootlegs


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol.18

Unofficial album

3:40 • Studio version


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol.18

Unofficial album

3:32 • Studio version


Arizona Soundchecks 1990 Cactus Club Arizona 1986

Unofficial live • Released in 1993

1:39 • Soundcheck • Cactus Club, Arizona 1986


Pizza & Fairytales

Unofficial album • Released in 2000

3:35 • Rough mix


Press To Play - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2015

3:37 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Bass, Electric guitar, Producer, Vocals
Eric Stewart:
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Electric guitar
Jerry Marotta:
Drums
Gary Barnacle:
Horns (?)
Dick Morrisey:
Horns (?)
Hugh Padgham:
Engineering, Mixing, Producer

Session Recording:
March - May 1985
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Overdubs:
October 1st - December 6th 1985
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Mixing:
April 14th-18th 1986
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

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


Live performances

“Stranglehold” has been played in 1 concerts.

Latest concerts where “Stranglehold” has been played


'Stranglehold' video shoot

Nov 04, 1986 • USA • Amado • Half Way Station restaurant


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