NEW YORK – Don McLean (news) is certain the newly remastered version of the “American Pie” album will give you a newfound appreciation for it.
McLean said through the years, every time the title track was added to a compact disc, it was tweaked or equalized, so it ended up sounding foggy. He said that’s been rectified.
McLean wrote “American Pie” just for himself, and he never thought it would become as popular as it did. He has said the song was inspired by the death of Buddy Holly (news).
“This is something I tried to do which I succeeding in doing,” he told AP Radio. “I succeeded beyond my wildest dreams. And that was to create a dreamlike, forward moving story about America using culture and politics. That’s a lot to bite off in one song.”
McLean, 57 and living in Maine, said when he wrote the song it wasn’t that long since The Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper” had come out, and he decided this was going to be his “Sgt. Pepper.”
McLean said the reason the song is almost nine minutes long is because he was listening to the story in his head and it took that long to finish it.
As for those movies called “American Pie,” McLean said he let them use the name but he’s never seen them and doesn’t plan to. General Motors Corp. also featured the 33-year-old song in commercials for its Chevrolet brand.
The new “American Pie” is presently available in stores.
(from Associated Press)