Episode 13 – Pipes of Peace

Paul McCartney and George Martin follow up the smash success of Tug of War with a sequel in the also successful, if overlooked, Pipes of Peace. Denny has flown the coop, Michael Jackson shows up for a couple tracks, Ringo is back on drums, and Eric Stewart turns in stellar performances. This is “English country music” from the 1980s. Highlights include “Keep Under Cover,” “Say Say Say,” and “Through Our Love.” This is a fun episode you will want to check out. Miss it? It’s not on.

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Discussion includes:
“Pipes of Peace”
“Say Say Say”
“The Other Me”
“Keep Under Cover”
“So Bad”
“The Man”
“Sweetest Little Show”
“Average Person”
“Hey Hey”
“Tug of Peace”
“Through Our Love”
“Ode to a Koala Bear”
“Twice in a Lifetime”
“It’s Not On”
“Say Say Say (2015 Remix)”
“Christian Bop”
“Simple As That”
“Simple As That (Demo)”
“The Girl Is Mine”
“We All Stand Together”



  1. Regarding the video to Pipes of Peace, with the soldiers playing soccer. It it widely known in England (and probably much of Europe) that during the early part of World War I, British and German soldiers, facing each other in the trenches, realised they had no particular quarrel with each other. During Christmas 1914 (this was before America entered the war of course) in various places where troops were facing each other, they spontaneously emerged form the trenches and talked, and yes, played soccer. The officer class of course realised the danger of all this to their respective war efforts, and stamped it out – but it’s widely accepted that on Christmas morning, ordinary private soldiers from both sides made friends and played soccer against each other, as shown in Paul’s video. Look up “Christmas Truce” on WIkipedia. This might not make much sense in the US, where soccer (football) is not such a big part of social life, and Christmas 1914 has little direct relevance. But hey, there’s the story. Paul is depicting one of the many ordinary soldiers.


  2. I’ve just listened to this podcast today and loved it. A real treat down memory lane. It was my first McCartney record too back in 1983 (I was 10) when it came out. My brother taped it for me. I remember it playing daily for weeks. Especially loving the Sweetest Little Show/Average Person bit. So rythmic, dynamic and infactious. I also loved Through Our Love (goosebumps), the title track and Keep Under Cover (that guitar!). Like you I regretted that it had Hey Hey and Tug Of Peace on it. The were anoying songs. Tug Of Peace grow on me a bit (especially on the headphones). But I would have liked Ode To a Koala Beer or Simple As That (the anti drug song) on it in stead. So Bad and The Man were nice, but not really my thing. The Man was ‘too light’ for my ears and ‘So bad’ too corny… sorry. I loved ‘The Other Me’! His voice sounded so fantastic. Like nothing else. Weird and attractive the same time. I loved the album, but after I discovered Tug of War, it disappeared a bit. Later I made ‘the perfect’ Tug of war/Pipes of Peace synergy 😄. Best of both worlds. Anyway, I just wanted to share this with you. I enjoyed you commentaries, fact checking, background stories, relativating, fylosophies and you love for the man. All in All I still love the album.😊


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