"Friday Night Videos" with
Paul McCartney and Julian Lennon

NBC United States 16 November 1984
Part 1 of a 2 part interview

Paul and Julian

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Video clip containing images from Beatle performances,
Julian's Valotte video, pictures of Paul, Julian, and John all set to "Hey Jude"

Julian: The last time I saw Paul was in about 74 - must have been 74, something like that - In.. dad's apartment in - on the east side, I think. We were wrestling on the floor and stuff like that  you know... cool...

Paul: What happened with "Hey Jude" was I was driving out to see Cynthia and Julian and they - Cyn and John had just been separated and they were still friends you know. You know people involved in divorces - both sides are still your friends, you can't go siding with just one. So...  I went out just to see Cyn and to see how she was, to see how things were. I was just driving out one day. It was a lovely day. And I find in the car for me - that's a good time to kind of get ideas and stuff, I think it is for a lot of people. So I was just going out there and was singing "Hey Jules" - (sings "Hey Jules") - I got this idea - (sings "Don't make it bad") - you know the situation - (sings "take a sad song and make it better") and - Eventually I thought "Jules" didn't sound quit right and "Jude" just stuck, a little break on it.  It just sounded better in the lyrics. So I substituted that word. But I didn't actually go up to Julian and - "Hey  you know I wrote this for you" - I don't do that. But that was really the basic idea that kicked it off.

Clip of John's "Nobody Told Me" video

Julian

Julian: My dad and I used to sit down and jam with old rock-and-roll songs. And he bought me a guitar for my 11th birthday so there must have been some knowledge or hope that in the future I might have worked as a musician you know..

Clip of Julian performing "Too Late For Goodbyes"

Julian: Living around the music so much -  you know there felt there had to be a carrying on of somewhat. But, I wasn't quite sure how I was going to go about it. I had ideas to enter the music bus  in audio engineering you know -  but what I really wanted to do was actually play. And so sitting behind a desk watching somebody doing something I really wanted to do annoyed me you know that thing. So, so I just got up there and did it and started writing a couple of songs.

Clip of Julian performing "Too Late For Goodbyes"

Julian: When we played the demonstration tapes around, I mean especially to Charisma. They were being played in the studio and the boss came along from Charisma from what I can remember from the manager. He was playing the tapes in the studio and they walked in and they liked the demo you know. And nobody said who it was you know. It was great. And they said 'Yeah it is great' you know. 'Like it a lot' you know. 'Who is it?' And they kept on playing the tracks you know. 'Come on, who is it?' you know. And finally they mention me name and said 'Oh?... Cool!' you know. It was a shock for them you know. I don't - you know nobody expected me to come out with a normal album. But I think nobody was sure of what I was going to do you know. They had no idea.

Julian

Clip of Julian's "Valotte" video

Julian: Ah, People have tried to make comparisons between my father's work and mine you know. But I don't mind too much - it is quite nice in away you know. I'm proud, you could say you know, of the comparisons. They are something I can't change anyway especially the vocal side of it I mean but - you know it is just opinions mainly other people that are going to spot it or maybe they are just looking for the similarities or connections too much you know. Just get like that. I would have hoped he would like it. You know, be glad of me.

Clip of Julian's "Valotte" video and break..

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