McCartney May: Press

I didn’t really plan this being the last McCartney May post, but it worked out well since Press is one of his later solo releases. I hope y’all enjoyed this last month of Paul McCartney posts as I’m sure we’ll be featuring more artists like this soon!

“Press” is a song by Paul McCartney. It was released as a lead single from his sixth studio solo album, Press to Play, being McCartney’s thirty-seventh single.

The single features the non-album track, “It’s Not True” as the B-side, which was also released as a bonus track on compact disc release of the album. Though hitting the Top 30 in both the US and the UK, “Press” marked the beginning of a downturn of McCartney’s fortunes on the singles charts, as it was the first time since Back to the Egg that a lead single from a McCartney album failed to hit the Top 20 in the US/UK.


Side One


Side Two

It’s Not True

McCartney May: No More Lonely Nights Under Waterfalls

We’ve touched on just about every aspect of Paul McCartney’s life a bit; The Beatles, Wings, his solo songs, his personal life, etc. but there’s another huge aspect of his life we haven’t touched on just yet, his activism. Since we’re closing out McCartney May tomorrow, I did want to include more of this. While I do occasionally eat meat, Mr. Richard is a vegetarian and we both believe in rescuing abandoned animals, much like Dawson and Daria were and these values are in line with Paul’s.

Since 1975, McCartney has been a vegetarian; he and his wife Linda were vegetarians for most of their 30-year marriage. They decided to stop consuming meat after Paul saw lambs in a field as they were eating a meal of lamb. Soon after, the couple became outspoken animal rights activists. In his first interview after Linda’s death, he promised to continue working for animal rights, and in 1999 he spent £3,000,000 to ensure Linda McCartney Foods remained free of genetically engineered ingredients.

McCartney is a supporter of the animal-rights organisation People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. He has appeared in the group’s campaigns and, in 2009, he narrated a short factory farm exposé titled “Glass Walls” which was harshly critical of slaughterhouses, the meat industry, and their effect on animal welfare. McCartney has also supported campaigns headed by the Humane Society of the United States, Humane Society International, World Animal Protection, and the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation.

Following McCartney’s marriage to Heather Mills, he joined her in a campaign against land mines, becoming a patron of Adopt-A-Minefield. He wore an anti-landmines T-shirt during some of the Back in the World tour shows. In 2006, the McCartneys travelled to Prince Edward Island to raise international awareness of seal hunting. The couple debated with Danny Williams, Newfoundland’s then Premier, on Larry King Live, stating that fishermen should stop hunting seals and start seal-watching businesses instead.

McCartney has participated in several charity recordings and performances, including the Concerts for the People of Kampuchea, Ferry Aid, Band Aid, Live Aid, Live 8, and the recording of “Ferry Cross the Mersey”. In 2004, he donated a song to an album to aid the “US Campaign for Burma”, in support of Burmese Nobel Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi. In 2008, he donated a song to Aid Still Required’s CD, organized as an effort to raise funds to assist with the recovery from the devastation caused in Southeast Asia by the 2004 tsunami.

In 2009, McCartney wrote to Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, asking him why he was not a vegetarian. As McCartney explained, “He wrote back very kindly, saying, ‘my doctors tell me that I must eat meat’. And I wrote back again, saying, you know, I don’t think that’s right … I think he’s now being told … that he can get his protein somewhere else … It just doesn’t seem right – the Dalai Lama, on the one hand, saying, ‘Hey guys, don’t harm sentient beings … Oh, and by the way, I’m having a steak‘”.


Side One


Side Two

Check My Machine


Side One

No More Lonely Nights

Side Two

No More Lonely Nights (Playout Version)

McCartney May Meets Rainbow Wednesdays

Well, look at what we have here! Some white discs in the Paul McCartney section of the collection. These two discs kind of just got mixed into the pile and I didn’t even notice them until I pulled them out to photograph them. The color is very opaque and you can’t see through the disc at all.


Side One

Things We Said Today

Side Two

Biker Like an Icon


Side One

C’Mon People

Side Two

Down to the River

McCartney May: Spies Like Us

“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.


Side One

Spies Like Us

Side Two

My Carnival

McCartney May: Paul McCartney’s Brave Face

With a legendary career spanning decades , it’s only expected that Mr. McCartney’s picked up some awards along the way:

Academy Award winner (as a member of The Beatles)

21-time Grammy Award winner

  • 12 as a member of The Beatles
  • Six as a solo artist
  • Two as a member of Wings
  • One as part of a joint collaboration

Two-time inductee in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

  • Class of 1988 as a member of The Beatles
  • Class of 1999 as a solo artist

Member of the Order of the British Empire.

Planet 4148 named “McCartney” (International Astronomical Union’s Minor Planet Center)

Knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his services to music in 1997

2008 BRIT Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music

Honorary Doctor of Music degree from Yale University award in 2008

2010 Gershwin Prize for his contributions to popular music

2010 Kennedy Center Honors

Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame awarded in 2012

2012 Légion d’Honneur for his services to music

2012 MusiCares Person of the Year


Side One

My Brave Face

Side Two

Flying to My Home

McCartney May: McCartney Is So Bad

May is upon us and it just so happens I’ve reached Paul McCartney in the collection. Since it works so well, this month will be McCartney May with featured posts every weekend. From The Beatles to Wings to his solo projects, there’s a ton to cover!

Sir James Paul McCartney MBE (born 18 June 1942) is an English singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer.

With John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, he gained worldwide fame as a member of the Beatles, one of the most popular and influential groups in the history of pop music; his songwriting partnership with Lennon is one of the most celebrated of the 20th century. After the band’s break-up, he pursued a solo career and formed Wings with his first wife, Linda, and Denny Laine.

McCartney has been recognized as one of the most successful composers and performers of all time, with 60 gold discs and sales of over 100 million albums and 100 million singles of his work with the Beatles and as a solo artist. A two-time inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (as a member of The Beatles in 1988, and as a solo artist in 1999), and a 21-time Grammy Award winner (having won both individually and with the Beatles), McCartney has written, or co-written 32 songs that have reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100. McCartney, Lennon, Harrison and Starr received MBEs in 1965, and in 1997, McCartney was knighted for his services to music.

McCartney has released an extensive catalogue of songs as a solo artist and has composed classical and electronic music. He has taken part in projects to promote international charities related to such subjects as animal rights, seal hunting, land mines, vegetarianism, poverty, and music education. He has married three times and is the father of five children.


Side One

So Bad

Side Two

Pipes of Peace

From Genesis To Rebelation

Genesis are an English rock band formed in Godalming, Surrey in 1967, with Peter Gabriel, Tony Banks, Mike Rutherford, Anthony Phillips and Chris Stewart as founding members. The band has had numerous line-ups throughout its history, of which eleven musicians became full time members.

Its most recent formation comprised two founding members–keyboardist Tony Banks and bassist/guitarist Mike Rutherford–and drummer/singer Phil Collins, who joined in 1970. Genesis are one of the best selling music artists of all time with approximately 130 million records sold worldwide. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010.

Formed by five pupils at Charterhouse School, Genesis were initially regarded as a “pop experiment” as evident by their debut album, From Genesis to Revelation (1969). The band’s name was omitted from the sleeve, because Decca had recently discovered that an obscure American act was also calling itself Genesis and asked the band to consider changing its name to avoid confusion, which King declined. The American “Genesis” in question was likely a Los Angeles based group that released In The Beginning on the Mercury label in 1967.


From Genesis to Rebelation


Side One

Where the Sour Turns to Sweet
In the Beginning
Fireside Song
The Serpent
Am I Very Wrong
In the Wilderness

Side Two

The Conqueror
In Hiding
One Day
In Limbo
Silent Sun
A Place to Call My Own

Steel Pulse’s Taxi Driver

Steel Pulse are a roots reggae musical band, from the Handsworth area of Birmingham, England.

The group originally formed at Handsworth Wood Boys School, composed of David Hinds (lead vocals, guitar), Basil Gabbidon (lead guitar, vocals), and Ronald McQueen (bass). Steel Pulse were the first non-Jamaican act to win the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album.


Taxi Driver

Steel Pulse

Side One

Album Version
Rebel the Taxi Mix

Side Two

Rebel on the Pulse Mix
Rebel on the Pulse Dub
Rebel Soldier on the Taxi Mix

Phil Friday: You Can’t Hurry Phil’s Sussudio Love

The last Phil Friday post! Hope you’ve enjoyed working through all the Phils in my collection!

“Sussudio” is a song by Phil Collins, released as a single in February 1985. The song entered frequent rotation on MTV in May, and by 6 July, reached number one on their respective US Billboard charts.


Side One


Side Two

I Like the Way


Side One

You Can’t Hurry Love

Side Two

Do You Know, Do You Care?

The most notable cover of the Supremes’ You Can’t Hurry Love was released in late 1982 as a single by Phil Collins from his second solo album. Collins’s version reached number-one on the UK Singles Chart, and reached number 10 in the United States. Although Collins had previously done covers as album tracks, “You Can’t Hurry Love” was the first cover he released as a single.