By Jonathan Hailey
Legendary musician Paul McCartney released an updated video of his 1983 hit with Michael Jackson “Say, Say, Say” today (Oct. 6). Launched exclusively through McCartney’s Facebook page, the new video accompanies a previously unreleased version of the chart-topping song. In the remixed version, Michael and Paul switch parts in the song.
According to McCartney, the song came about when Michael Jackson called him out of the blue and said he’d like to write with him. Jackson went to England and the pair sat down and started writing. Paul figured if the songs weren’t good, they would just be thrown away.
The black-and-white visual follows a young man walking through town, dancing to the song. He meets up with other dancers and they all show off their skills. The clip was directed by Ryan Heffington, who also served as choreographer.
Paul McCartney decided to drop this video for the remixed version of “Say, Say, Say” because his classic 1983 album Pipes of Peace was recently reissued as a 2-disc special edition. The reissue boasts the remastered original album and a nine-song disc that contains demos, outtakes and other bonuses fans will appreciate.
The current crop of pop stars is impressed. “A new take on a classic song by two legends…” tweeted Britney Spears, “Absolutely love the #SaySaySay video.”
Britney Spears (@britneyspears) October 06, 2015
Check out the updated video below.