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No More Lonely Nights: Best or worst Paul McCartney song of '80s?

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Paul McCartney's No More Lonely Nights is one of the most menacing earworms of the '80s. I whistle it. Often. All the time. And I sing the first line of the lyrics, though I get the words wrong every single time.

"I can't wait another night ... until I call you ..."

It's actually "I can wait another night." Story of my life. I get the message right, even if I get the specifics wrong.

McCartney recorded No More Lonely Nights in 1984 for his movie Give My Regards to Broad Street. I'm still undecided how I feel about the movie. How can you hate any movie with half the Beatles in it? That being said, the plot is as thick as an episode of Webster.

"There's no justifying, let alone explaining ... Give My Regards to Broad Street -- a nearly impenetrable "farce" involving stolen tapes, ghosts, and funny moustaches -- and the soundtrack, if anything, is even messier," according to a review in AllMusic.com. "This would be an unmitigated disaster if it wasn't for No More Lonely Nights, an absolutely lovely mid-tempo tune graced by a terrific David Gilmour guitar solo."

The tune itself went to No. 6 on the charts in the U.S. (up to No. 2 in the U.K.). But it doesn't matter what the experts and fans say? How do you feel about the song? That's the only thing that matters in music. If I can't get it out my head, does that make it Paul's best tune of the '80s? Help me.

[Last modified: Saturday, July 23, 2011 1:48pm]

    

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