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"Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five"
Single by Paul McCartney and Wings
from the album Band on the Run
A-side "Band on the Run"
Released 28 June 1974
Format 7" single
Recorded 1973
Genre Rock, Progressive Rock
Length 5:29
Label Apple Records
Writer(s) Paul and Linda McCartney
Producer Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney and Wings singles chronology
"Jet"/"Let Me Roll It"
"Band on the Run"/"Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five"
"Junior's Farm"/"Sally G"
Band on the Run track listing

Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five (sometimes also spelled "1985") is a song by Paul McCartney and Wings. Recorded in 1973, this tune is the climactic track of the album Band on the Run. It has been featured on the 2001 documentary DVD Wingspan and Paul McCartney & Wings' 1974 TV special One Hand Clapping. The song has a grandiose ending with a full orchestra and the band. On the album Band on the Run, it suitably ends the album with an excerpt of the opening song. This song is featured on several episodes of Trigger Happy TV.

The song is believed to be the final response to John Lennon's "How Do You Sleep?", a scathing attack on McCartney.[1]


  1. ^ KXOA-FM, Sacramento, CA, radio broadcast of the "Band On The Run" album, c.1978


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