In advance of two Wings reissues — Venus and Mars and At The Speed Of Sound in November — Paul McCartney took to Twitter to answer questions from fans young and old. Venus and Mars (1975) and At The Speed Of Sound (1976) are the fourth and fifth albums released by Wings. Both peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart.
Here are a few things we learned about Sir Paul McCartney today:
1. Paul is optimistic (and incredibly excited) about the reissues of these two classic albums.
“There are lots of odd little takes and demos of things that I think show the story behind the songs, sometimes I prefer them! I think that my team has put together brilliant packages that even I find amazingly interesting.”
2. His favorite TV shows are…
“I love Veep and Family Feud (‘We asked a hundred people!’)”
3. The activist groups he supports are…
4. He is not the walrus.
“In fact because I happen to wear a walrus head in Magical Mystery Tour — I am the nearest any of us came! GooGoogAJoob!”
5. His favorite cover of one of his tracks is…
“There are so many that I love it’s difficult to say, but Esther Phillips’ version of ‘And I love HIM’ comes to mind.”
6. His favorite bassline to play is…
“At the moment it’s ‘Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!’ It’s challenging!”
7. He has no tattoos
“Not even on my ass.”
8. He is actually an alien.
Well, not really, but he told Ryan Adams that he is.
— Paul McCartney (@PaulMcCartney) October 20, 2014
9. Favorite Halloween costume?
10. He’s a huge Meryl Streep fan. I mean, who isn’t?
“I love Meryl Streep. Devil Wears Prada is great, although everything she does is brilliant.”
11. One of the best gigs he’s attended…
12. He sings in the shower.
“Singing in the Rain,” “It’s Raining Men” or “Waterfalls!”
13. He forgets words to songs quite regularly.
“I think that the people in my audience know the songs better than I do. Excuse is I’ve written rather a lot.”
14. He won’t be going into space anytime soon.
“I don’t even like rollercoasters!”
15. His favorite song at the moment is…
16. The first record he ever bought was…
“Gene Vincent singing ‘Be Bop A Lula’ on the Capitol label which was sheer magic.”
17. What makes the studio space at Abbey Road special.
“There have been so many great hits made in that room that physically and spiritually it has a greatness built into it.”
18. He has twerked with Katy Perry.
19. His favorite song that he wrote for someone else is…
20. Even Paul gets starstruck.
“Even though I’ve known him for a long time the nearest is probably ?@bobdylan.”