Getting Closer (song)

"Getting Closer"
Single by Wings
from the album Back to the Egg
B-side "Spin It On" (US)
"Baby's Request" (UK)
Released 5 June 1979 (US)
16 August 1979 (UK)
Format 7" vinyl
Recorded 10 October 1978
Genre Rock
Label Parlophone/EMI (UK)
Columbia (US)
Writer(s) Paul McCartney
Producer(s) Paul McCartney
Chris Thomas
Wings singles chronology
"Old Siam, Sir"
"Getting Closer"
"Arrow Through Me"
Alternative cover
French 7-Inch single cover
Back to the Egg track listing

"Getting Closer" is a rock song from the Anglo-American rock band Wings, Paul McCartney's post-Beatles band. The song was released on the album Back to the Egg.


Despite being released in 1979, Paul McCartney wrote "Getting Closer" in 1974, recording a piano demo for the song later that year.[1] Upon being resurrected by the band for Back to the Egg, the song, originally at a slower tempo, was transformed into a "driving rocker."[1]

“Getting Closer” and the unreleased song “Cage” were off of demos, the latter being one that Paul and Denny did together. There were times when there was a demo aspect to the sessions, and in some cases we created demos to see how the tune was shaping up.
Laurence Juber, Daytrippin'[2]

Like most of the songs off of Back to the Egg, "Getting Closer" bears an influence from punk and new wave music. Author and Mojo contributor Tom Doyle describes Wings' version as "power-popping" and reminiscent of the English band Squeeze.[3]

Juber said of the guitars used in the song: "I think I played my Martin D28 on the rhythm track and some Les Paul Custom (the one in the video) for the electric."[4]


"Getting Closer," backed with "Spin It On," was released in the US in June 1979 as the first single from Back to the Egg. The single reached #20 on the Billboard Hot 100, as well as #20 on Cashbox and #22 on Record World. Despite not being released as the first single in the UK ("Old Siam, Sir" was used instead), the song did see a UK single release in August 1979. Marketed as a Double A-side with "Baby's Request," the single was a relative flop, only peaking at #60.[5][6]

For the release of Back to the Egg, a special was made featuring music videos for multiple songs, including "Getting Closer." "Old Siam, Sir", "Spin It On" and "Arrow Through Me" were among the tracks for which videos were made.


Weekly charts

Chart (1979) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[7] 57
Canada (RPM)[8] 18
Irish Singles Chart[9] 24
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[10] 29
UK Singles Chart[11] 60
US Billboard Hot 100[12] 20

Year-end charts

Chart (1979) Peak
Canada (RPM)[13] 127


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  2. Terrill, Marshall. "Exclusive: Ex-Wings guitarist, Laurence Juber, talks about attending 'Paul McCartney University'". Daytrippin' Beatles Magazine.
  3. Doyle, p. 174
  4. "Back to the Egg". Laurence Juber. Archived from the original on July 1, 2007.
  5. "Paul McCartney singles". allmusic. Retrieved 2010-08-12.
  6. "Official Charts: Paul McCartney". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 2011-10-13.
  7. Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970-1992. St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  8. "Canadian Chart". Retrieved 2014-11-17.
  9. "Irish Chart". Irish Charts. Retrieved 2014-11-17.
  10. " Paul McCartney discography". Hung Medien. MegaCharts. Retrieved 2 August 2011.
  11. "Paul McCartney". Official Charts.
  12. "Paul McCartney - Awards". AllMusic.
  13. "RPM Year-End 1979".
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