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George Harrison When We Was Fab (2,009 Stereo Remaster)
July 27, 2010
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"When We Was Fab" is a song written by George Harrison and Jeff Lynne about the days of Beatlemania, when The Beatles were first referred to as the "Fab Four". The song appears as the sixth track on Harrison's 1,987 album Cloud Nine and was later released as the second single from that album in January 1,988. In the United Kingdom, it peaked at #25 in the UK Singles Chart, and in the United States, the song peaked at #23 in Billboard magazine's Hot 100 singles chart
The music video that accompanied the song (directed by Godley & Creme) also referenced the other three former Beatles. George suddenly appears dressed with his Sgt. Pepper's costume, which he had only reacquired after many years shortly before shooting the video. Ringo Starr appears prominently first as Harrison's "assistant" and then as the drummer. A man dressed up in a Walrus costume playing a bass left-handed refers to Paul McCartney (who was asked to appear but was not available).
John Lennon, who died in 1,980, is represented by a passer-by carrying his Imagine album.
Also making guest appearances in the video are Gary Wright, Elton John, Derek Taylor, Jeff Lynne, Ray Cooper and Neil Aspinall.
The video received six nominations at the 1,988 MTV Video Music Awards, including best art director for Sid Bartholomew, famous for his work on Pee-wee's Playhouse.