Jet (song)

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"Jet"
Single by Paul McCartney & Wings
from the album Band on the Run
B-side "Let Me Roll It"
"Mamunia" (early US pressings)
Released 18 February 1974 (UK)
28 January 1974 (US)
Format 7" single
Recorded September 1973
Genre Rock,[1] hard rock,[citation needed] power pop[2]
Length 4:07
Label Apple Records
Writer(s) Paul and Linda McCartney
Producer(s) Paul McCartney
Certification BPI (UK) Silver 1 April 1974[3]
Paul McCartney & Wings singles chronology
"Mrs Vandebilt"
(1974)
"Jet"
(1974)
"Band on the Run"
(1974)
Band on the Run track listing

"Jet" is a song by Paul McCartney & Wings from their album Band on the Run. The song peaked at number 7 in both the British and American charts on 30 March 1974.[4][5]

Writing and release[edit]

Along with "Helen Wheels" and "Junior's Farm", it is another McCartney song where his primary inspiration for composing the song arose in daily life.[6] Whereas most of the Band on the Run album was recorded in Lagos, Nigeria, "Jet" was recorded entirely at EMI Studios in London after the group's return (according to engineer Geoff Emerick in his book Here There and Everywhere). Instrumentation used in the song includes electric guitars, bass, Moog, drums, piano, horns and strings. A closer listening reveals that during the verse the bass simply holds a single root note.[7]

When first released, the single's B-side was "Mamunia", another track from Band on the Run. However, it was soon replaced with "Let Me Roll It". "Jet" can also be found on both Wings Greatest (1978) and All the Best! (1987).

Reviewers have reported that the subject of the song is McCartney's Labrador Retriever dog named "Jet".[1][8] However, in a 2010 interview on the UK television channel ITV1 for the program Wings: Band on the Run (to promote the November 2010 CD/DVD re-release of the album) McCartney explained that Jet was the name of a pony he had owned, although many of the lyrics bore little relation to the subject; indeed, the true meaning of the lyrics has defied all attempts at decryption.[9]

Some radio stations have played edit versions of the song omitting the introduction, coda, and the repeat of the bridge and the final verse.

Prominent music critic Dave Marsh named the song number 793 in his list of the 1001 greatest singles ever made. He referred to it as a "grand pop confection" that represented the only time McCartney approached the "drive and density" of his tenure with the Beatles.[10] Writer Graham Reid has described it as a power pop "gem".[2]

The Australian rock band Jet drew their name from the song title.[11]

Personnel[edit]

Cover versions[edit]

Scottish glam rock band Iron Virgin issued a version in 1974 on the Deram label, but it did not chart.

Early 1990s Californian band Jellyfish cover the song; this is available as a bonus track on a UK limited edition of the album Bellybutton.

The Foo Fighters recorded a cover in February 2000 that was going to be used on a tribute album to Paul McCartney, but the album was never produced. They have since played the song numerous times live.

Japanese pop power trio Shonen Knife's cover of this song is the last track on their 2008 album Super Group. Group member Naoko Yamano said that she picked the song since she is a longtime fan of McCartney.[12]

Sampling[edit]

"Jet" was sampled in the song "Self Made" on the Maybach Music Group's compilation album Self Made Vol. 1.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Mason, Stewart. "Review of "Jet"". Allmusic. 
  2. ^ a b Graham Reid. "Paul McCartney And Wings: The solo career that faltered, flew then faltered". elsewhere.co.nz. Retrieved 24 July 2010. 
  3. ^ "Certified Awards Search". BPI. Retrieved 2012-10-12. 
  4. ^ "Paul McCartney Charts and Awards". allmusic. Retrieved 13 October 2011. 
  5. ^ "Official Charts: Paul McCartney". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 13 October 2011. 
  6. ^ Rees, Dafydd, and Luke Crampton (1991). Rock Movers and Shakers: An A-Z of People Who Made Rock Happen. ABC-CLIO, Santa Barbara, Calif. ISBN 0-87436-661-5.
  7. ^ Luca Perasi, Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013), L.I.L.Y. Publishing, 2013, ISBN 978-88-909122-1-4, p. 113.
  8. ^ Landau, John (21 January 1997). "Review of Band On The Run". Rolling Stone. 
  9. ^ Presenters: Dermot O'Leary (2010-10-31). "Wings: Band on the Run". ITV. ITV1. http://wayback.archive.org/web/20120727020325/http://www.itv.com/presscentre/paulmccartneyandwingsbandontherun/week44/default.html.
  10. ^ Dave Marsh (1999). The heart of rock & soul: the 1001 greatest singles ever made. Da Capo Press. p. 505. 
  11. ^ Maybe, Brad. "Clear For Takeoff: Jet Gets Ready To Get Born" CMJ New Music Report 8 September 2003: 7
  12. ^ J-Pop Royalty Shonen Knife Graces Mango's This Week