Apparently the Beatles didn't leave their weird videos in the 60s because Paul McCartney's "Appreciate" music video stars him and a trippy dancing robot named Newman. In the track off his latest album "New" McCartney was inspired by a dream and also possibly by his Microsoft sponsorship to put a large android in his video. "I woke up one morning with an image in my head of me standing with a large robot,” he said, attempting to explain the funky idea.
It's not the first notion that's come to him in a dream. The melody to his mega hit "Yesterday" also came to him while he was sleeping and when he woke up he assigned random lyrics to the tune in order not to forget it. At the time they were the whimsical "Scrambled eggs, oh my baby how I love your legs" instead of the solemn words we know so well today.
As part of the Beatles, McCartney was responsible for a number of wacky ideas including the movie Magical Mystery Tour which is basically like a feature-length ad for LSD with all the disjointed scenes and swirling colors. He was instrumental in the film's strange music video for the band's song "I Am the Walrus" which debuted in 1967.
But as McCartney has gotten older, he's gotten a bit tamer. His last two videos, while jam-packed with celebs, weren't overly crazy in terms of concept. One featured Johnny Depp and Natalie Portman in 2012 singing the soft ballad "My Valentine."
And in 2013 he debuted "Queenie Eye" which mostly focused on him seated behind the piano.
But now with "Appreciate" McCartney has shown he still has some of that late 60s flair with this trippy dancing robot video. Newman, designed by the puppeteers who worked on the War Horse play, will also be touring with McCartney this year if you want to see the human-robot BFF team in real life. For now you can just watch them frolic together in the below video: