Getting Closer (song)
|Single by Wings|
|from the album Back to the Egg|
"Spin It On" (US)|
"Baby's Request" (UK)
5 June 1979 (US)|
16 August 1979 (UK)
|Recorded||10 October 1978|
|Wings singles chronology|
Despite being released in 1979, Paul McCartney wrote "Getting Closer" in 1974, recording a piano demo for the song later that year. Upon being resurrected by the band for Back to the Egg, the song, originally at a slower tempo, was transformed into a "driving rocker."
“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'
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.
"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.
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.
|Australia (Kent Music Report)||57|
|Irish Singles Chart||24|
|Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)||29|
|UK Singles Chart||60|
|US Billboard Hot 100||20|
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