I’ve just got back from the recording of James Corden’s ‘Late Late Show’ – at which they played the recording of Paul McCartney’s ‘Carpool Karoake’.
James Corden is seen in his car on the telephone – saying to someone ‘Help, I need somebody, not just anybody, won’t you please please help me. Paul McCartney then gets in beside him, and after introductions etc they sing ‘Drive My Car’. A highlight is when they sing ‘Let it Be’ and Paul tells the story of how his dead Mum came to him in a dream when Paul was feeling down, and telling him to ‘Let it Be’. James Corden says it was his grandfather’s favourite song, and would be very moved if he saw him and Paul in the car, singing it. Paul says, ‘He is here’. It is a very moving moment.
Paul is seen signing the ‘Penny Lane’ street sign, by the ‘shelter in the middle of the roundabout’, and going into Tony Slavin’s barber shop, and the Penny Lane flower shop. Another great moment is Paul going into Forthlin Road, his old house. He tells of the songwriting sessions he had with John there, and how he played She Love You to his dad, who said to him ‘ Why can’t you sing ‘She Loves You, yes, yes, yes. Paul is seen singing in ‘the bog’ (English slang for toilet) because that has the best acoustics in the house. He also plays and sings ‘When I’m 64’ on the front room piano.
The climax is James Corden suggesting that Paul plays in a pub, where he used to go before the Beatles are famous. James Corden is seen going into the Philharmonic, and suggesting a girl puts on a Beatles song on the jukebox. At that moment, a curtain draws back, and Paul and the band launch into ‘A Hard Day’s Night’. Slightly disappointingly, only parts of each song are shown from the Philharmonic, and strangely none of his new single ‘Come on to Me’ – which was performed there. However, Paul and James Corden did sing part of it in the car section.
Not surprisingly, the climax of the piece is Paul, James Corden, and the band singing Hey Jude in the ‘Phil’.
I was hoping Paul might make an appearance at the recording, but unfortunately it wasn’t to be.
Musical guests were the Foo Fighters, and Dave Grohl told stories of jamming with Paul.
The Late Late Show goes out on US TV in the early hours of Friday morning, and on Sky One in the UK on Friday evening.