The Paul McCartney Project

What happened for Paul in 1985

After two busy years and the lacklustre release of “Give My Regards To Broad Street“, Paul McCartney spent the first months of 1985 far away from the recording studios. In May, his professional home studio at Hog Hill Mill was ready; and he used it to start recording his new album (to be released in 1986 and named “Press To Play“) with producer Hugh Padgham. For this album, he also continued his collaboration with Eric Stewart who co-wrote several tracks on it. The recording would continue throughout 1985.

In July, McCartney was back on stage for the charity event, “Live Aid“, his first real concert since Wings’ 1979 UK tour.

In November, he released a new single, Spies Like Us, the title song for the movie of the same name.

Last updated on May 2, 2020

Singles released in 1985


Spies Like Us

By Paul McCartney • 12" Single



Albums Paul McCartney contributed to, released in 1985


Concerts, TV & Radio shows


Live Aid

Jul 13, 1985 • United Kingdom • London • Wembley Arena

Sessions


"Press To Play" sessions #2

October 1st - December 6th 1985 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Press To Play


Recording "Spies Like Us"

September 1985 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Spies Like Us / My Carnival


Home recording

August 1985


Mixing "Twice In A Lifetime"

Mar 22, 1985 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Pipes Of Peace (1993)


Recording "Twice In A Lifetime"

Mar 14, 1985 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Pipes Of Peace (1993)


"Press To Play" sessions #1

March - May 1985 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Press To Play

Songs written in 1985


Andrew Lloyd Webber

Unreleased song


Angry

Officially appears on Press To Play


Elvis

Unreleased song


Footprints

Officially appears on Press To Play


George Formby

Unreleased song



Hanglide

Officially appears on Press / It's Not True


However Absurd

Officially appears on Press To Play


It's Not True

Officially appears on Press To Play


Move Over Busker

Officially appears on Press To Play


Only Love Remains

Officially appears on Press To Play


Preacher

Unreleased song


Press

Officially appears on Press To Play


Pretty Little Head

Officially appears on Press To Play



Stranglehold

Officially appears on Press To Play


Talk More Talk

Officially appears on Press To Play


Tough On A Tightrope

Officially appears on Press To Play


Washing Windows

Unreleased song


Write Away

Officially appears on Press To Play


Yvonne's The One

Officially appears on Mirror Mirror


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