Episode 19 – Flowers in the Dirt

In 1989, after several years of creative struggle, Paul McCartney released Flowers in the Dirt, a critical and commercial success. From the Beatlesesque pop of “My Brave Face” to the golden-era Hollywood glamour of “Distractions,” or the paternal whimsy of “Put It There,” Paul is in strong writing and performing form. Also, enter Elvis Costello, his acerbic wit balancing and enhancing McCartney’s creative yet cloying compositions from the 1980s. Was Elvis Paul’s finest collaborator since John Lennon? Is this Paul’s best album of the 1980s? Is there more buried beneath the flowers in the dirt? You’ll find out all this and more in this swan … this one.

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Discussion includes:
“My Brave Face”
“Rough Ride”
“You Want Her Too”
“Distractions”
“We Got Married”
“Put It There”
“Figure of Eight”
“This One”
“Don’t Be Careless Love”
“That Day Is Done”
“How Many People”
“Motor of Love”
“Où est le Soleil?”
“Party, Party”
“Flying to My Home”
“This One (Club Lovejoys mix)”
“Good Sign”
“The First Stone”
“Same Love”
“Pick It Up”
“Figure of Eight (12″ Bob Clearmounain Mix)”
“Together”
“Oobu Joobu”
“I’m Gonna Be a Wheel Someday”
“Ain’t That a Shame”
“I Wanna Cry”
“I’m In Love Again”

1990 Japanese Tour Edition:
“Message”
“The Long and Winding Road”
“Loveliest Thing”
“Rough Ride (Extended)”
“Ou est le Soleil (7″ mix)”
“Mama’s Little Girl”
“Same Time Next Year”
“Party, Party”
“P.S. Love Me Do”

Studio demos with Elvis Costello:
“The Lovers That Never Were”
“Twenty Fine Fingers”
“Tommy’s Coming Home”
“So Like Candy”
“You Want Her Too”
“That Day Is Done”
“Playboy To A Man”
“Don’t Be Careless Love”
“My Brave Face”

Acoustic demos with Elvis Costello:
“The Lovers That Never Were”
“Tommy’s Coming Home”
“Twenty Fine Fingers”
“So Like Candy”
“You Want Her Too”
“That Day Is Done”
“Don’t Be Careless Love”
“My Brave Face”
“Playboy to a Man”
“Pads, Paws and Claws”
“I Don’t Want To Confess”
“Shallow Grave”
“Mistress and Maid”

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