A renegade with a bottomless bag of dance moves helps put the final contemporary touches on the 2015 remix of Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson‘s “Say Say Say,” off the newly remastered edition of McCartney’s 1983 LP, Pipes of Peace.
Ryan Heffington directed and choreographed the clip, which premiered on Facebook and follows a young man as he traipses, in time, through his neighborhood to a slick, streamlined reworking of the indelible pop cut. The dancer joins up with similarly quick-footed kids before breaking off on his own, cutting loose on top of a car and watching another group of dancers, whom the camera catches beautifully through his outspread, perpetually shaking legs.
As his journey continues, the boy barges into a bodega and brings out the youthful, rhinestone-studded luster of an elderly woman before making his way to a backroom where the festivities are already underway. The final minute of “Say Say Say” is an ebullient dance-off rife with outrageous moves befitting the timelessness of McCartney and Jackson’s party jam.
The 2015 “Say Say Say” remix appears on the bonus disc of the Pipes of Peace reissue, which arrived last Friday along with a CD/DVD deluxe edition of McCartney’s 1982 solo LP Tug of War. The new reissues are the latest volumes in the Paul McCartney Archive Collection, a series of deluxe versions of McCartney’s solo and Wings classics, personally supervised by the artist.