Even while rocking a pair of Birkenstock sandals (not what many would consider the most fashionable footwear) 71-year-old Paul McCartney remains one of the coolest and biggest names in rock and roll. Don’t believe me? Then perhaps you should check out his new video for “Queenie Eye.”
The video which was released on Friday Oct. 25 features Johnny Depp, Sean Penn, Meryl Streep, Kate Moss, Jeremy Irons, Jude Law, Lily Cole, Tom Ford, Chris Pine and Alice Eve jamming to the upbeat tune. By having some of the most high profile people in film and fashion the 4:19 clip simply reconfirms to the world that McCartney is not only one most recognized artists, but is still one of the best.
Of course it’s not as if the legendary musician needs a little help from his friends to prove that because his work speaks for itself – he holds the Guinness World Record for “most successful composer and recording artist of all time” – but it always helps to leave Johnny Depp nearly speechless.
During a behind the scenes look of the video, The Huffington Post had a brief interview with Depp who was a bit starstruck. “Being in that room, specially being in that room with Paul,” he takes a second to take it all in. “It’s a, yeah it’s a, it’s, it’s quite a rush because that’s the room that changed the world.”
The star-studded video was done in the Abbey Road Studios, where The Beatles recorded between 1962 and 1970. In fact the band named its 11th studio album Abbey Road after the street where the studio is located, and the studio was then named after The Beatles’ album.
The video starts as the singer heads down into the studio. While he takes a second to sit at the grand piano a soothing violin-like melody is set off to build you up to McCartney’s thumping of the piano. As he holds the beat by pounding his foot on the wooden floor the camera then slowly reveals McCartney’s buds. Depp, with earphones and iPod on deck, slowly bangs his head; Alice Eve lies on top of the piano; and Meryl Streep – by far my favorite in the video – joyfully dances like there is no tomorrow. In the end it all becomes a huge party where everyday people and celebs enjoy the song in their own way.
The tune is part of McCartney’s 24th post-Beatles album, “New,” which was released early October. In the behind the scenes look McCartney told the publication that his inspiration for the song was a game. “‘Queenie Eye’ came from … a street game we used to play in Liverpool when I was a kid,” he said. “There would be someone at the front and they would throw a ball over their head and one of us would catch it and then you’d hide it. Then [they] … would turn around and have to discover who got the ball. So we had to say ‘Queenie eye queenie eye who’s got the ball. I haven’t got it, it isn’t in my pocket. O-U-T spells out.’”
I think that both the song and the video are incredibly captivating because of their spunk and simplicity. Although the video probably won’t reach Miley Cyrus views, the song definitely has the potential to reach Billboard’s Hot 100.
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