Paul McCartney Releases "Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five" As Single, Video

by Paul Cashmere, Noise11 & VVN Music

Paul McCartney’s Nineteen Hundred and Eight Five is finally an A-side 42 years after it first appeared on a single.

McCartney wrote Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five for his 1973 Wings album Band On The Run. The song was also a b-side to the title track.

Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five was a post-apocalyptic reference to George Orwell’s 1984 one year on. The first line started “no one left alive in 1985, will ever do”. Some critics called the lyrics ‘gibberish’ but they were united in to potency of the music.

A 7-inch vinyl of the single was released for Record Store Day. Those copies now go for upwards of $300.

McCartney first performed the song live during his 2010-11 Up and Coming Tour and has rarely been out of the set list since.

The song is now available for general download and will be out on vinyl on June 10.

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