By June 26th, 1975, Wings‘ Venus and Mars had been out for a month, and its lead single, “Listen to What the Man Says,” was continuing its climb to the top of the U.S. and U.K. pop charts. To give the record some additional push, however, the label debuted a television commercial shot by Saturday Night and Sunday Morning director Karel Reisz that featured the band engaged in a loose game of snooker.
At first, Paul McCartney plays the shark, dancing around the table and hopping balls like Tom Cruise in The Color of Money, but when “Listen to What the Man Says” kicks in, he begins throwing – and even blowing – the balls into the pockets. “You Gave Me the Answer,” “Treat Her Gently” and the title track, “Venus and Mars,” also appear in this 60-second medley of songs from the album.
At the time, Venus and Mars scored mixed reviews, but on November 4th, the record is receiving a deluxe reissue, with the original recordings (remastered under McCartney’s supervision) supplemented by a disc of demos and unreleased tracks. A three-disc edition will also include a book of unpublished photographs, new interviews with the singer and a DVD containing footage from the time of the release.