Solo Promos and Videos

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  • "The Beatles as a Group"
  • "John Lennon"
  • "Paul McCartney"
  • "George Harrison"
  • "Ringo Starr"
  • "Miscellany"

    This is intended as a companion piece to my already available FAQ covering the Beatles efforts on video and television. As with the other list, this is mostly fact, but also includes a healthy dose of opinion. Proceed with that in mind.

    When encountering videos from external sources, it is best if they come complete with a "clock slate." Such a slate is uniformly added to the front of videos to aid in queueing them up for airing or editing putrposes. MTV is particularly bad about cutting off the beginnings of clips, especially if the clip does not begin immediately with the song.

    The two companies most prevalent in the Beatles' solo promos are Keith MacMillan's "Keefco", or Godley and Creme. Occasionally promos would be made of appearances on the British "American Bandstand" equivalent "Top of The Pops." Old "Top of the Pops" shows are periodically aired in Britain, so many of these clips can be seen there.


    The Beatles:

    The Beatles promo films were years ahead of their time, taking advantage of skills obtained from experience in both television productions (eg: Ready, Steady, Go!) and their features. In fact, most of the techniques used in music videos today were also used by the Beatles over two decades ago. Particularly contemporary is the "quick-cut" ("MTV style") editing of "A Day in the Life". One can only imagine what the proposed "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" video album would have been like, were the project to have come to fruition.

    Since the Beatles were always in demand, the group managed to make more promos in a six-year timespan (1965-1970) than three of the solo Beatles have since. Only Paul has managed to keep a pace comparable to that of the past. The Beatles promos had been unavailable until the release of a handful of them, in conjunction with the "Greatest Hits" packages. Those, along with the "created" videos of the 1980's will show up from time to time on VH-1, particularly on the Peter Noone hosted "My Generation."

    Thanks to Matt Hurwitz of "Good Day Sunshine" for assistance and descriptions on some of the recent McCartney promos.


    John Lennon:

    Most of John Lennon's promos have been collected in "The John Lennon Video Collection." The videos Lennon was actually involved in, and the "Imagine" film are very similar in tone. In general, they are all frantic, fast paced clips, often with the footage of John and Yoko played at an altered speed. The other main group of Lennon clips were done posthumously by the Lennon estate. Unfortunately, other than the first of these clips ("Woman", premiered on ABC's "20/20") they have not aged well, particularly in light of Andrew Solt's film. This problem is compounded a bit on the videotape, as a slew of new videos were commisioned specifically for that project.

    (Lennon's other promos are described with the videotape description. However, the original "Whatever Gets You Through the Night" promo was not included in that package. An alternate "Instant Karma" promo exists, but has only been screened once)

    Instant Karma(1) : Screened once on "Top of the Pops" before John appeared on the show live. Primarily the footage of John and Yoko from the "Apple presents" project, but Paul's bare feet manages to sneak in a time or two.

    Happy Xmas (War is Over): The clip in the "John Lennon Collection" is a recreation of the original (with the 1993 Harlem Community Choir). In addition to the Harlem Community Choir, the promo also included brief shots of Phil Spector, Klaus Voorman, and some of the "War Is Over" signs with snow and holiday spirit

    Whatever Gets You Through the Night: The only major Lennon promo not included in the video package. The clip shows John in a black suit and black hat (with a feather) wandering around the streets of New York City. Of particular note is John laughing at his and Paul's names on a display for the Broadway play "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band on the Road."

    Jealous Guy: John and Phil Spector in the studio.

    I'm Losing You: An original clip which accompanied the "Lennon Anthology." It features members of Cheap Trick interacting with animated Lennon line drawings. A bit familiar (see the created "Whatever..." clip from "Video Collection"), but still a fair bit of fun.


    Paul McCartney:

    Maybe I'm Amazed: McCartney's first solo promo. Not particularly complex, consisting of Linda's photos of the McCartney family (similar to the ones included in the fold out sleeve of "McCartney") on their farm in Scotland. Premiered in the US on the Ed Sullivan show; April 19, 1970 - one day before "McCartney" hit store shelves.

    3 Legs: Silent footage of Paul and Linda riding horses (played back at alternating fast and slow speeds) across their Scottish property.

    Heart of the Country: Silent footage of Paul and Linda walking and playing on the shore in Scotland with the song as the soundtrack. Aired in Europe, but not in the US.

    Heart of the Country (2): A clip similar in nature to the "Maybe I'm Amazed" promos with some nice photos of Paul, Linda, and Heather sunning themselves poolside.

    Mary Had a Little Lamb: Filmed in the McCartney barn in Scotland. The band is lip synching while various animals (most notably, baby lambs, and a rather sedate hen) wander around the scene. The first official Wings promo, never aired in the US. Live vocals over the record.

    Mary Had a Little Lamb (2): The US promo for this song, premiered on the "Flip Wilson Show." Perhaps the highlight of seventies kitsch from Wings. The band wears orange bib overalls which "change color" courtesy of color screen overlay (CSO), and the band appears to float in a sea of cutesy asterisks.

    (There are reports the "farm" promo has been substituted for the "bib" version in contemporary syndicated airings of the "Flip Wilson Show." When aired recently on 'TV Land,' the "bib" promo was present.)

    Mary Had a Little Lamb (3): Aired a grand total of once, on the BBC's "The Basil Brush Show." The band is lip sunching, with Denny Laine lying on his back. The backdrop is a painted matte of a farm, and real animals (including a rather sedate rabbit) abound.

    Hi Hi Hi: Never shown on US TV. Wings is on a stage set and lip-synchs to the record. Filmed at the end of the first significant Wings tour of Europe, although the stage is not the stage they used for that tour.

    C Moon: Filmed on the same set as the "Hi Hi Hi" promo. Paul is now wearing a "C Moon" T-shirt, and playing the piano.

    My Love: Wings playing in a smoke-filled room. Live vocals over the instruments from the record. Showed in the US as part of a syndicated music program in the summer of 1973.

    Helen Wheels: A simple performance clip from the pared-down Wings. Paul plays drums, guitar, and bass (no two Paul's are on the screen at the same time). Denny plays guitar, and Linda keyboards. Alternates with film of the three members of Wings driving in a convertible.

    Jet: A silly promo, done very quickly for Dutch television. Consists of a still of Paul and Linda (filmed from different angles), alternating with the lyrics to the song parsed somewhat oddly.

    Mammunia: Never screened anywhere. "Club Sandwich" describes this promo as being completely animated, and in some ways a predecessor to the "Seaside Woman" and "Rupert" videos.

    Junior's Farm: Film of Wings playing and singing live in the studio. The only complete excerpt from the "Sound of One Hand Clapping" to be released to the public. Never shown on US TV.

    Letting Go: Another simple lip-synch promo, filmed at the beginning of the 1975-76 "Wings Over..." tour. The first public look at Joe English on drums. Never shown on US television.

    Venus and Mars / Rock Show: Filmed at the same time as the "Letting Go" clip. The clip is filmed to match the edited ("single") version of the medley, rather than the longer ("album" version).

    Silly Love Songs: Tour footage from the "Wings Over..." tour. Re-released with "All the Best", so it occasionally turns up on VH-1. The most notable footage in this clip is McCartney's "Disappearing Ping Pong Ball" trick, the trick was done enough during the tour that former members of Wings are still commenting on it.

    Maybe I'm Amazed (Live): With the release of this tune as a single, McCartney had a promo made for the live version of the song. The style is very much in line with the original promo, but the cozy pictures of home and hearth have been replaced by rock shots of the band on the road.

    Mull of Kintyre: Aired on US television, despite the lack of airplay the single received. Starts with just McCartney, who is subsequently joined by Linda, Denny, the McCartney children, the immediate neighbors, and the Campbelltown Pipers. The clip ends with the accumulated group standing and "singing" around a bonfire on the actual Mull of Kintyre.

    Mull of Kintyre (2): Actually, two separate promos, both filmed on the "Top of the Pops" stage. Paul, Linda, and Denny wander about a set inundated with "Fog", and are joined by either a single bagpipe player, or an entire troupe of them.

    With a Little Luck: Aired widely on US television. The first McCartney clip done by Keefco. Also the first appearance of Steve Holly with Wings. A simple clip of the band lip-synching on a stage, while dancers move in front of them, and children behind them.

    London Town: A quickly made video, possibly on the "Top of the Pops" stage. Paul, Linda, and Denny act out the lyrics of the song, while strolling around the soundstage. Beatles friend Victor Spinetti shows up as "the actor", and at the end of the clip Mr. McCartney pulls open his raincoat (a la a street flasher), and reveals some lace over his slacks.

    I've Had Enough: The first appearance of Laurence Juber with Wings. Another simple "performance" piece, with the band dressed entirely in black, while McCartney wears a white jacket. Two versions exist, the only difference being that the camera "freezes" periodically in one, giving the audience a good look at the members of Wings.

    Seaside Woman: In addition to the award winning animated film (available on the "Rupert the Bear" videotape), "Suzy" (Linda McCartney) issued her own promo. This clip consists of an edited version of the animated film, interspersed with appropriately lit "performance" pieces. "The Red Stripes" are not Wings as on the record, but instead a group of Jamaican musicians.

    (Back to the Egg Video Album) - The following seven promos were put together as a special, and aired in the US on local stations such as WNEW in New York and WTBS in Atlanta. McCartney and Wings filmed a special intro and outro for the show, adding a slightly more cohesive feel, as well as a better place to hang the closing credits. All of these videos were done by Keefco.

    Goodnight Tonight: Performance clip with Paul and Wings dressed up in tuxedoes and (Pat Riley-ish) slicked back hair, on a revolving stage. The main clip intersperses shots of Wings in contemporary dress on the same stage. A secondary clip sans the contemporary footage was also distributed.

    Getting Closer: Largely footage of Wings pretending to drive to and from a performance in a large bus. Frequent US airings separate from the video package for "Back to the Egg."

    Arrow Through Me: A lip-synched performance by Wings, with McCartney at the keyboards. Some US TV airplay.

    Spin it On: The band lip synchs on a concert-style stage inside of an airplane hanger. Some "time lapse" shots of the band (such that they appear to be moving quickly) acting airplane-ish inside the hanger. McCartney and Laine seem to be on the verge of laughing throughout the clip.

    Winter Rose / Love Awake: Only aired as part of the video album. The first half consists of the McCartneys in and around the snow at a castle. (Lympne castle near London) The second half is connected to the first medley-style, and features Paul and the band (mostly Paul) pretending to play around a fire.

    Baby's Request: Wings as a group of army performers in the desert. Not aired other than part of the video album.

    Old Siam Sir: A filmed clip intended to appear to be a rehearsal of the tune. Not aired other than part of the video album

    Again and Again and Again: Never shown on US TV. Wings lip-synching to the record in a vastly overgrown field of flowers.

    Wonderful Christmastime: A Keefco clip which pops up every December. A bit of an oddity in that its a Wings clip for a Paul McCartney solo tune. The clip alternates between Wings partying in a pub and footage from the 1979 UK tour. The band also emerges from a giant gift box, and witnesses computer animated Christmas "magic."

    Coming Up: One of McCartney's best clips, and indeed one of the best videos of all time. Through special effects magic, Keefco guided a band consisting of ten Paul's, and two Linda's representing various rock and roll archetypes (most prominently, Paul with his Hofner apeing his "Beatle Paul" persona) Premiered during Paul's 1980 appearance on "Saturday Night Live," and aired extensively on US television.

    Waterfalls: A rarely seen Keefco clip for an ignored (although underrated, IMHO) single. The promo shows what is supposed to be Paul composing the tune, which he leaves to interact with images described in the song (dancing polar bears, colored waterfalls, a carousel in a garden)

    Lucille: An excerpt from the "Rock For Kampuchea" TV special. Surprisingly, the clip has endured longer than the album it was taken from. Paul and "Rockestra" play the tune, complete with a bleary-eyed Pete Townshend hovering over Paul.

    Ebony and Ivory: Paul and Stevie Wonder on a large piano, as well as side by side on a regular piano. Periodically the scene cuts to a "backing band," (the Cimarrons) and also multiple McCartney's once again. Due to scheduling conflicts, the McCartney and Wonder portions were filmed separately, and spliced together electronically. Paul frequently tells of the logistical problems ("Paul, smile at Stevie...then he'll smile back." "Uh...shouldn't that be the other way 'round, Stevie being blind and all...") encountered in choreographing this clip. Aired repeatedly on US television.

    Ebony and Ivory (Macca solo): Not aired in the US. The soundtrack is the McCartney solo version found on the 12-inch single. Consists of Paul (surrounded by a "halo" effect) playing the piano, alternating with an actor playing a prisoner in jail. At the end of the clip, the prisoner is let free, and breakdances across the set a la "Silly Love Songs" in "Broad Street"

    Take It Away: Paul and Linda, Ringo, Eric Stewart, Steve Gadd, and George Martin appear as a band working its way up, and finally being offered a contract (actor John Hurt plays the agent) after the big show. Members of the Wings Fun Club in London made up the audience for the "concert."

    Tug Of War: A quickly made clip of McCartney playing the song on an acoustic guitar, and singing it with Linda. Also included is older footage of a real tug of war, early fifties "Science Fiction" rocket movie clips, and shots of McCartney mixing the LP at AIR studios.

    Here Today: A simple clip aired on "Friday Night Videos" in conjunction with an interview with Paul. Consists of Linda's (and other selected) pictures of John Lennon cut to the tune.

    Say Say Say: A clip which still receives significant airplay on VH-1. A nice story video set in the old West: Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson play con-men selling "Mac 'n Jac's Wonder Potion." In addition to the two stars, Linda Mac, LaToya Jackson, Heather Mac, and Art Carney (for at least one unrelated famous person) also appear. The spoken dialogue opening the clip is often clipped or eliminated completely.

    So Bad: A Keefco clip that is notable for its simplicity. Paul, Linda, Ringo, and Eric Stewart are featured as a band playing during a photo shoot (along with the associated "photos" from that shoot). Barbara Bach shows up toward the end of the clip.

    Pipes of Peace: An award-winning Keefco clip. Very cinematic in feel. It is obvious a lot of time and effort went into the making of this promo. Based upon true events on a battlefield during a Christmas day in World War I. McCartney plays both an English and German soldier. The two Paul's exchange photos of loved ones, unable to return them when a bomb goes off and interrupts the revelry between "enemies."

    No More Lonely Nights: A Keefco clip promoting "Give My Regards to Broad Street." Some care has been taken, as this is not simply a collection of clips from the film. McCartney plays a lonely projectionist who goes to the roof for a smoke, and sees miraculous (computer generated) things going on in the London nighttime skyline along with "Broad Street" clips edited in surprisingly well.

    No More Lonely Nights (Dance): Donated to a charity compilation, so actually one of the easier to find McCartney promo clips. Predominantly consists of Macca lip-synching to the tune (which was relatively rare until put on the recently remastered "Broad Street" CD) while walking among the patrons in a club. As in many other McCartney videos, the main footage is intercut with completely unrelated footage of different types of dancing.

    We All Stand Together: An edited version of the animated short. Predominantly features the singing portion of the short, but also includes some new footage of Paul as well as the clip of Paul "finding" his and Mike's childhood Rupert book. Not aired on US TV.

    Spies Like Us: Another clip promoting a film ("Spies Like Us") as well as the song. A nice clip, integrating elements from the film ("Ace Tomato Company") in the new video footage, as well as not-too-jarring clips from the movie. Multiple McCartney's abound (Paul on drums, guitar and bass), Chevy Chase pretends to play the keyboards, the female leads pretend to sing back-up (particularly Donna Dixon), and Dan Aykroyd pretends to work the board. Ends with a parody of the Abbey Road cover with Macca, Chase, and Aykroyd.

    Press: A nicely done, very cheap video. Basically an afternoon of Paul McCartney riding the tubes (subways) in London. Nice reaction shots from other passengers as they realize precisely who is riding next to them. Very good scene of Paul talking to a young woman busking with her violin.

    Stranglehold: A story video with the McCartneys directly involved. McCartney and band (sans Linda) are on-stage at a mid-sized club somewhere in the American Southwest (possibly Arizona). A young man with a saxophone tries to get in to "see the show," and is stopped by the bouncer. Fortunately he runs into Linda, who escorts him in. Macca invites him on stage, and he steals the show. (Includes the end of "Move Over Busker", as if the band were finishing that number at the beginning of the clip)

    Pretty Little Head: The dangers of runaways. A young teenaged girl tires of her arguing parents (to the strains of "She's Leaving Home") and heads out on her own. Unfortunately she encounters many problems (including a very bizarre sequence where the hungry young woman thinks of eating a discarded Big Mac, until it is covered by insect-sized people). The clip ends with a (literally) larger-than-life McCartney rescuing the day, leaving question whether the whole clip was a dream or not.

    Only Love Remains: Taped November 17-19, 1986. A significantly remixed version of the song, prominently featuring a saxophone. Three main parts: Paul (and band) with a large orchestra, Paul and Linda around a fireplace, and an older couple (possibly supposed to be an old Paul and Linda?) around the same fireplace.

    Once Upon a Long Ago: Two completely unrelated bits edited together to make up this promo. The first is an animated clip of a family and their black puppy during Christmastime. During the chorus, the family is seen singing. The remainder consists of the band (in black and white) playing on a stark hilltop. Flashes of animated color (such as McCartney's strings lighting up as he plays his guitar) breeze through the monochrome. No attempt is made to link together the two parts.

    My Brave Face: The video appears to be a simple "performance" video, but is intercut with footage of a Japanese collector supposedly looting the McCartney warehouse of Beatles memorabilia. The two plotlines come together at the end, when the collector is captured, and we see McCartney in a business suit striking a "Godfather-like" pose. McCartney's original idea for this clip was to give several Japanese tourists video cameras, and cut their footage with other footage of the professionals shooting the ensuing mayhem.

    This One: Not shown in the US. Centers around Paul and Linda meditating, and the supposed dream-like visions they say. Almost psychidelic in nature, particularly Paul and the band dressed in all white with "eyes" painted over their eyelids (supposedly resembling swans).

    This One (2): Aired on US TV exclusively. Stop motion photos of Paul, Linda and the band (such that the illusion of motion is given) in various "sixties" mode of dress. Computer graffiti was overlaid to enhance the "movement" aspects of the clip.

    Figure of Eight: A concert clip, produced at the beginning of the 1989-90 World tour. Released in a "long" and "short" version, with (surprisingly) the longer version receiving more airplay.

    Put It There: Paul in sepia tones playing the guitar by himself, intercut with miscellaneous footage of "fathers and sons," ending with one of Linda's stills of Paul and James. A second version, consisting of just Paul and his guitar was screened in England. Received a fair amount of US airplay.

    Party Party: Fast moving animation of Picasso-esque drawings. Paul and the band (or bits of them) flash by in black and white. Memorable for a drawing of a beetle with Paul's head placed on top.

    We Got Married: A straightforward concert clip with footage of the fans arriving for the show (both from Japan and the US) interspersed. Some of the fan footage looks suspiciously similar to the Visa advertisement.

    Ou Est Le Soleil?: A nice promo, clearly based upon the "Nintendo" theme. Paul has frequently noted that during the mid-eighties he would spend time playing Nintendo with his children. Hence, this video. Other than the video game portions, Paul himself shows up in the "game screen" (notably at the end where he's seen wearing a sombrero), and periodically he and the band (along with more unconnected "dance" footage) are intercut with the animation.

    Birthday: Two versions. One featuring just concerts footage, and a second featuring concert footage intercut with actors acting out various "Birthday" scenes. The concert footage is straightforward, lacking Dick Lester's heavy handed editing knife.

    Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band: Mostly footage from the "single largest concert" in Rio de Janiero. Includes effecive use of the screen graphics (often overlaid on the concert footage) and the fireworks as well as the several-hundred-thousand crowd.

    All My Trials: Never aired in the US, as the single was never released here. Black and White footage of McCartney and band playing in an empty loft or train station of some sort. Intercut with footage of "people on the street" both good, bad, and other.

    Save the Child (from the Liverpool Oratorio): An excerpt from the opening night "Liverpool Oratorio" film. Predominantly features Jerry Hadley and Kiri Te Kanawa. Credited as being "owned by Juggler films."

    Get Back: Promotional clip for Richard Lester's "Get Back" film. Produced in the same style as the film, but moreso. However, in the world of music video the quick, disjointed cuts work relatively well. The clip was also made available as a trailer to theatres for the feature.

    Hope of Deliverance: A story video in three parts. Unlike other story videos, the actors are directly intertwined with the performance clip. The storyline concerns Catholic nuns stuck on railroad tracks, and Tibetan monks on the train that was about to hit the nuns. The clip begins with some nice shots of Paul walking around a forest, but that sequence is usually cut. Several very slightly different edits of the video (notably the "Stone Cross" version) have shown up.

    Off the Ground: A video produced in conjunction with George Lucas' special effects (SFX) house "Industrial Light and Magic", and actually filmed on-site at Skywalker ranch. The clip begins with the guitar coda "Soggy Noodle," and continues with the song. The video starts as a performance clip, and mutates into a clip of the band waiting while Paul is flying around. Played fairly extensively on VH-1.

    C'Mon People: A quite inventive video, save for the McCartney penchant for once again including unrelated "dance" type footage. The McCartney portion of the clip is once again a masterpiece of SFX. Paul is playing the song on a beat-up piano in real-time, while speeded up workers repair the same piano.

    Deliverance: A clip only aired on MTV Europe. Much like the song, a disjointed series of hyperspeed cuts, with no appearances from Paul. Possibly intended to be anonymous, were the "Big Mac" single a hit.

    Biker Like an Icon: Not yet screened in the US. There are at least three versions of the clip around. One just features actors acting out the story, while the other two feature an overlaid image of McCartney lip-synching on either one-side or both sides of the screen.

    The World Tonight: Paul hanging about poolside, lazily miming to the record. Most memorable "effect" is a yellow sun umbrella, spun "Seinfeld" style. Sheer nepotism, as Paul's daughter and her boyfriend were the brains behind this video.

    The World Tonight (2): Mostly an excerpt from the "In the World Tonight" full-length video.

    Young Boy: A second "homemade" promo. Features only Paul, and he spends most of his time wandering around in a trenchcoat, listening to a ghetto blaster, with very occasional insets of Paul "in-studio."

    Young Boy (2): More "scruffy" McCartney scenes, this time intercut with a surfer. Unaired in the US, save a brief excerpt on McCartney's "Late Night With Conan O'Brien" interview.

    Beautiful Night: McCartney ensconsed in a submarine-like structure turns the electricity off, and brings characters (including Ringo) together through the power of love. There is an "uncensored" version of the clip which includes a couple of brief shots of female anatomy. Aired on the McCartney "Oprah" appearance.

    Little Willow: Created for the Princess Diana tribute. A poignant enactment of death and loss. Aired on the McCartney "Oprah" appearance.

    Brown Eyed Handsome Man: US Premiere on VH-1, 12/8/99. Starts off with four urban-teen types line dancing to the song, slowly joined by everyone from Rastafarians to California Highway Patrolmen! A pair of "dee-jays" run the show from the cab of a huge truck in the background. Nice segue of "DJ scratching" to the intro of the song. McCartney plays guitar on the screens throughout, ending up in the pack with the Hofner, and then leading the pack of dancers! Directed by David Leland

    No Other Baby: Much more subdued - Paul is seen alone in a rowboat, with just his guitar, singing "No Other Baby." With each verse his day moves along: from just strumming his guitar by daylight, then later by lantern and by the moon, then shaving (and singing) in the morning, and treating us to the song's lead, which he plays with his bare feet dangling in the water - sharks surrounding his boat! He rows past huge icebergs before rowing himself through a terrible storm. The film closes with Paul once again at peace, quietly sleeping in his boat with his guitar. Directed by Pedro Ramhany.

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    A "Band on the Run" film was shown on tour, which is largely clips of the shooting of the album cover. Not a "promo" as it was never shown on TV.

    A "Big Boys Bickering" promo was created (and aired in England) from the unused "Up Close" special footage intercut with alarming environmental statistics, and footage of miscellaneous atrocities.

    A "Live and Let Die" clip was created from a couple of sources (mainly "Rockshow"), and aired on VH-1 in the nineties.

    A "P.S. Love Me Do" clip featuring the "Tripping..." band performing the song in concert was given to the Lennon 50th birthday concert in Liverpool, and was released as part of the television / video special.

    A "Drive My Car" clip featuring Paul singing the tune with an all-star cast (inlcuding brief glimpses of Ringo, Harry Nilsson, and Julian Lennon) premiered on the 1994 American Music Awards. A second, longer version has been seen a handful of times on the standard US video outlets. The complete clip (including a never-before-seen rap section) is available with a donation to RADD.


    George Harrison:

    Dark Horse: Apparently a film of George's band (for the Dark Horse) tour rehearsing the tune. The footage was edited to match the commercial release.

    Ding Dong Ding Dong: George accepting the past several years before his former bandmates would. The main portion of this clip is George playing, while both his clothes and guitar change. Seen are George's Hamburg leather, a collarless suit, his Pepper outfit, and several other then contemporary outfits. Intercut is footage of the Harrison estate, including a bearded pirate-like George raising a flag of his company's logo while removing a black skull-and-crossbones flag.

    This Song: A song set in a courtroom, parodying the entire "My Sweet Lord" lawsuit. As the promo continues, the scene becomes less and less courtlike. Considering the subject matter, its interesting Billy Joel lifted the entire concept (and many of the sight gags) years later for his "Keeping the Faith" video. Credited as being a "Rosebud Film"

    Crackerbox Palace: Aired in the US in conjunction with George Harrison's appearance on "Saturday Night Live." Typical Pythonesque silliness, with lots of nice footage of George dancing around his estate with loonies, including Eric Idle and Michael Palin.

    True Love: George is dressed in a straw hat, striped coat and handlebar moustache (Typical turn-of-the-century barbershop quartet outfit) in a boat, trying to woo a young woman dressed in a white outfit of the same era. As a twist on the Cole Porter lyrics, the woman ends up leaving George and running off with the guardian angel.

    Blow Away: Simple clip of George in a white room playing his guitar (and occasionally doing Elvis moves) occasionally alternating with George's face over storm clouds. Via the magic of video tape, "giant" children's toys occasionally pop into the room with George, and he stops playing his guitar (although he continues lip-synching) to "play with" the toys.

    Faster: George's tribute to his Formula One racing pals. Mostly consists of footage of a Formula One race (with George watching the race from the pits), and occasionally with film of George in the backseat of his limo (in a racing outfit) halfheartedly pretending to play guitar.

    All Those Years Ago: Just as the song, a Lennon/Beatles tribute. Some nice film footage of some Beatles memorabilia in pristine condition. Although much of the Beatles footage used here has since been released in its entirety on videotape, it is still edited quite well to this song.

    Got My Mind Set on You: George Harrison sitting in an overstuffed chair, in a library-like set, lip-synching the tune and playing guitar. During the sax solo in the middle of the song "George" (with a poor edit to a stunt double, which was later fixed) gets up and dances around the room, eventually returning to the chair. Throughout the clip items in the room (books, pictures, furniture, etc) move in time to the music, and the fade (often cut) features the nick-knacks doing a chorus line. Both GMMSOY videos were directed by SNL / Rutles alumnus Gary Weiss.

    Got My Mind Set on You (2): Actually the first GMMSOY video filmed, but rejected by Warner Brothers because it "doesn't feature Harrison enough" The setting is a penny arcade. A girl watches the band on an old-style hand cranked nickelodeon, while a boy attempts to catch a ballerina toy for the girl. The boy catches the ballerina, who proceeds to "fall" into the nickelodeon scene, dancing alongside Harrison. The figure eventually falls out, the boy gives it to the girl, and they walk away hand-in-hand as the band plays to the fadeout.

    When We Was Fab: Godley and Creme help George pay tribute to the Beatles and the Beatles era. Ringo appears, lugging around musical instruments in a manner reminiscent of his early-sixties cartoon counterpart. George once again pulls out his Sgt. Pepper outfit (which he notes "I would have worn it more, but I was popping out of it") and a brief scene shows George, Ringo, John Lennon's "Imagine" cover, and a left-handed bass-playing walrus. Other friends such as Ray Cooper, Elton John, and Jeff Lynne also drop in.

    This is Love: A simple clip, very rarely seen at the time of release. Unlike Harrison's other promos, this video centers upon George's second home in Hawaii In addition to George on a rock surrounded by gorgeous scenery, the audience is also treated to some scenes of a picnic with Harrison's family and friends in the backyard of the palatial Maui estate.

    (Traveling Wilburys)

    Handle With Care: The first Wilburys video. A straightforward performance clip with the Wilburys and Jim Keltner playing in an empty warehouse, lip-synching around a single microphone. Also included are childhood pictures of four of the Wilburys, and a photo of Lucky (Bob Dylan) from his twenties.

    End of the Line: Another straightforward performance clip, this time on a train setting. The death of Lefty (Roy Orbison) was tastefully handled by the train passing through a tunnel, and a close-up of Roy's guitar on an empty chair.

    Nobody's Child: Animated children's drawings illustrating both the story and the Wilburys. The clip also includes news footage (of less-than-pristine quality) of the orphanages in Romania.

    She's My Baby: Almost a repeat of the "Handle with Care" clip. The video both begins and ends with all the Wilburys crowded into a single car, presumably traveling between gigs.

    Inside Out: A performance clip, but this time on an actual stage! The backdrop is a painting of a forest. Spike Wilbury (George) once again gets to show off his world-famous Elvis impersonation.

    Wilbury Twist: A cast of rich and famous act out the lyrics of the song, while the Wilburys pop in in the most unexpected places. Among the stars seen are John Candy, Eric Idle, Cheech Marin, Whoopi Goldberg, Milli Vanilli (intentionally lip-synching badly) Woody Harrelson, Fred Savage and more.

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    not included are the videos for Jeff Lynne's "Every Little Thing", or Tom Petty's "I Won't Back Down", both of which have quite heavy Wilbury (ie: George Harrison) involvement, particularly the latter.


    Ringo Starr:

    Sentimental Journey: Ringo plays a lounge-type singer on a stage. As the song continues, the album cover drops down as a backdrop, and Ringo is joined by dancers (dressed in white) and several gospel-ish backup singers.

    It Don't Come Easy: Ringo's turn to show off his house. Almost like a well-edited home movie. Memorable for Ringo playing guitar, the yard penguins, and a sequence where Ringo plays a tiny drum kit with table tennis paddles. Also includes outtakes from "Candy." Released in Briatin on "Rock 'N Roll: The Greatest Years: 1971" (Video Collection VC 4075)

    Back off Boogaloo: Ringo wears a black outfit with a red label pin that says "Back to Mono." Ringo has a very long beard, and parodys famous cinematic romantic scenes with Frankenstein's monster rather than a woman.

    Only You: Mostly Ringo in the studio, until a UFO shows up to interrupt the "session" and take the entire troupe to the roof of the Capitol tower. Harry Nilsson lip-synchs while smoking a cigar in his bathrobe. During the "speaking" portion of the tune, Ringo uses the "arrow through the head" gag. (years before Steve Martin)

    Hey Baby: Ringo fully decked out in Top Hat and tails. Surrounded on two sides by women on stairs in different color dresses. When he passed by the women dressed in White, his tux is black; and vice versa. Reminiscent of most Dave Lee Roth videos, but with the women more fully dressed.

    You Don't Know Me (at all): More footage in and around Ringo's home in France. For much of this footage, Ringo appears completely shaved (eyebrows also), in contrast to his image.

    I'll Still Love You:

    Drowning in the Sea of Love: A very disjointed clip. Equal time is given to Ringo singing in a casino, Ringo drinking, Ringo on a beach, and two cute blonde back-up singers. The bits are linked by recurring shots of the bubbles in a champagne glass, and the legs of the aforementioned women.

    Tonight: A very dark, hard to watch clip. Alternates between scenes of Ringo being happy in the company of a young woman, and being miserable while by himself.

    Wrack My Brain: Ringo traveling through a haunted house and playing poker using Tarot cards with Dracula, Frankenstein's monster, and a skeleton-man. A man in a straight jacket passes through the clip also. Look for the opening and closing with Ringo sleeping outside under a giant dinosaur topiary.

    Stop & Smell the Roses: In true video fashion, Ringo generates a parade out of thin air. Ringo plays three separate roles - a dancing fool in a white tux, the police officer leading a parade, and "the man in the Rolls!"

    (The Cooler) - A short film using edited versions of the following three songs, with bits of dialogue connecting the clips. Barbara Bach appears as the inmate keeping Dominatrix-type that Ringo falls for. Produced by MPL Communications.

      The film begins with Ringo as a prisoner being led into a Cooler by three woman dressed in military garb.

      Private Property: Ringo's hallucinations while in the hot box.

      Sure to Fall: Ringo dreams a rose is delivered with his meal. This leads to a lengthy old-west fantasy. Paul appears as a member of the band, playing a stand-up bass.

      Attention: More fantasies, this time about escaping, and taking out the guards with his kisses. Directed by Godley and Creme.

    Act Naturally: Filmed with Buck Owens for the eighties duet version of the song. Both men play actors on a Western set, with Ringo hamming it up for all its worth. Vic Tayback appears as the bartender. Fair amount of airplay on The Nashville Network (TNN).

    It Don't Come Easy (Live): An excerpt from the videotape of the performance in the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles. The only addition to the clip is brief stills of each member of the first All-Starr Band.

    Weight of the World: Ringo's best promo in many years. Ringo plays the ringleader in a cosmic circus, while friends who played on the album show up in various roles. Much like the album, US airplay was virtually nil, and a good effort was left unrecognized by the majority.

    Don't Go Where the Road Don't Go (Live): A performance clip, but not from the Montreaux Jazz Festival. In addition to the performance, backstage footage (particularly Ringo's arrival in the afternoon), and sound check material is also edited in.

    La-De-Da: Mostly a performance clip, interspersed with Ringo sitting on an outdoor bench in the rain, and "reaction shots" of the passerby. Hanson show up briefly.

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    An "I Call Your Name" clip was filmed for the John Lennon 50th birthday concert in Liverpool, and aired as part of the resulting television/video special. Features Ringo and several friends from the Traveling Wilburys (although not George Harrison).

    Ringo also appears in "We are the World" type charity clips for Artists Againsts Apartheid (Zak also appears) in "(Ain't Gonna Play) Sun City" and a separate similar project for the rainforests, "Spirit of the Forest."

    Paul appeared in a "Visa" commercial, but never endorses the product directly.

    Ringo appeared in several Japanese ads for "Simple Life Leisure Suits" which are essentially music videos of Ringo encountering strange (but fun) creatures in his Simple Life suit, while lip-synching to the jingle.

    Ringo appeared in a series of "Sun Country Wine Coolers" spots (with the infamous bear).

    Ringo appeared in an "Oldsmobile" commercial with his daughter.

    Ringo appeared in a "Pizza Hut" commercial with the Monkees.

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