38-04168 Say Say Say
Produced by George Martin
Released on October 1983
UK CHART POSITION #2 . . . US CHART POSITION #1 (charted Oct. 15, 1983 for 22 weeks) . . . GOLD RECORD (12/12/83), PLATINUM (5/5/92)
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38-04168 wo. picture sleeve
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O ne of those chimerical creatures that attends two titanic egos, like David Bowie & Bing Crosby, David Bowie & Mick Jagger, David Bowie & Queen... well, you get the picture. I never liked “Say Say Say” on the radio, barely made it through the video without retching, and generally avoided it like any good punk-loving eighteen-year-old would (was “Coming Up” so long ago?). Today, it doesn’t bug me so much, the Paul and Michael thing. Maybe Pepsi could still use this song for one of their commercials. At least there wasn’t a pubic hair in the wine on the soda can (Clarence Thomas, I’m looking at you). But I digress. The B side is a nonalbum track that’s actually better than half of the stuff which made it onto Pipes of Peace (picked the wrong peck of pickles there). Sort of a sweet throwback, this “Ode to a Koala Bear,” or koala-type bear, which would be some kind of lemur I think, since I can’t think of any bear that looks like a koala bear that isn’t one. Anyway, it’s a nice surprise; no C Moon mind you, but one of these days you should hear it.

TRACK LISTING

  1. SAY SAY SAY    (Paul McCartney/Michael Jackson)    3:55
  2. ODE TO A KOALA BEAR    (Paul McCartney)    3:45

    12-inch single
  3. SAY SAY SAY (JELLYBEAN REMIX)
  4. SAY SAY SAY (INSTRUMENTAL)
  5. ODE TO A KOALA BEAR

CREDITS

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK/IRE October 1983 Parlophone 7"/12 R6062/12R6062  
US October 1983 Columbia 7" 38-04168  
US 1983 Columbia 12 44-04169  
AUS'L 1983 Parlophone 7" A1124  
JPN 1983 MPL 12 EPS-27007 lyric insert

 

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