By Marissa G. Muller
The ’70s have been coming back in pop culture over the past few years, with American Hustle, now Inherent Vice and especially on the runway, but a recently-surfaced ad for Paul McCartney‘s band Wings is the best capsule of the zany time.
Shot by Saturday Night and Sunday Morning director Karel Reisz to promote the band’s 1975 album Venus and Mars, the TV ad consists of a smoky pool game where McCartney and co. sport some very timely fashions.
In his cross-tie and white shirt, the former Beatle looks like he could have emerged from the runway of Saint Laurent’s spring 2013 show — for which, now judging from this, he could have been in part the inspiration.
As the album’s lead single “Listen to What the Man Says” plays, McCartney dances around the pool table and the group start playing a game of snooker. Other songs from the album — “You Gave Me the Answer,” “Treat Her Gently” and the title track — also soundtrack the one-minute ad.
Its resurgence is well-timed, as Venus and Mars will be reissued, deluxe edition-style, on Nov. 4. The three-disc edition, remastered with McCartney’s guidance, will come with a book of never-before-seen photographs, interviews with the frontman and a DVD of more footage from yesteryear, much like the ad above.
In addition to Venus and Mars, 1976’s The Speed of Sound will also be reissued.
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