The band releases, One More Shot, from the album, GRRR!. Richards:
It was probably the quickest Rolling Stones recording session I can remember, ever. We cut two tracks in three days. It was incredibly professional. I had One More Shot ready, Mick had Doom and Gloom ready to go, so, boom, let’s cut ’em.
The band releases their song, Doom and Gloom, from the album, GRRR!. Richards:
I don’t think the Stones have ever cut a track so fast. It was like three takes and – boom! We were like looking at each other and going, ‘Got anything else?’ It was amazingly quick. The Stones are amazing that way, their chemistry and their energy when they get together. The hard bit with the Stones is getting them together.
The band releases, Following The River, from the album, Exile On Main St. (2010 re-release). Jagger:
It’s a good feeling when it all comes together. There’s a track called Following the River, which is a ballad. It’s a got beautiful piano on it, which I didn’t play. And I’d heard this before but it didn’t have any lyrics at all. I could hear different melodies but I didn’t know how I was going to get the melody to fit with this already existing track, which is very heavily piano. And when it came together, I was just singing onto it, I was putting it on the stereo and I was singing along, trying out different melody lines and trying out different words. And when it actually came together, it’s a very good moment, you know? There’s a moment – there’s a frustration, there’s a build-up of this [makes discouraged face], and then try, try, try, try, and there’s a moment when it really comes together for you.
The band releases their song, Rain Fall Down, from the album, A Bigger Bang. Jagger:
Rain Fall Down is a song about London. It has a line, ‘Feel like we’re living in a battleground, everyone’s jazzed.’ That was in my head already. There were so many armed police in the streets. Walking around, seeing machine guns, is not how you imagine London to be. If we keep going down this track, we’re not going to get back.
The band releases their song, This Place Is Empty, from the album, A Bigger Bang.
The band releases, Oh No, Not You Again, from the album, A Bigger Bang.
The band releases, Streets Of Love, from the album, A Bigger Bang.
The band releases, Don’t Stop, from, Forty Licks.
The band releases, Out Of Control, from the album, Bridges To Babylon.
The band releases, I Go Wild, from, Voodoo Lounge. Jagger:
‘Waitresses with broken noses’ – that’s Ronnie Wood’s specialty. He knew every waitress in Dublin, and so I thought I’d put that line in for him. I like that song. I really got into the lyrics on that one. One of the wordy ones.
The band releases, Out Of Tears, from, Voodoo Lounge.
The band releases, You Got Me Rocking, from the album, Voodoo Lounge. Richards:
I wrote it on piano. It’s sort of like a Little Richard thing. And then when I took it to guitar I really got interested in it. Because before that I was really doing a parody of something like rock and roll piano music. But then it sort of went Celtic on me. Some of these strange drone notes. And it sort of took on another life. And then Charlie got into it with this little go-go beat – this great tom tom bit – and I’m a sucker for that, man. You give me that, especially with Charlie Watts playing it. It was a heavy-duty jungle thing.
The band releases, Thru and Thru, from, Voodoo Lounge.
The band releases, Love Is Strong, from, Voodoo Lounge.
The band releases their song, Highwire, from the album, Flashpoint.
The band releases, Terrifying, from the album, Steel Wheels.
The band releases, Almost Hear You Sigh, from the album, Steel Wheels.
The band releases their song, Rock And A Hard Place, from the album, Steel Wheels.
The band releases, Sad Sad Sad, from, Steel Wheels.
The band releases their song, Mixed Emotions, from the album, Steel Wheels. Richards:
I think we cut that in Montserrat, an island that no longer exists. That smoldering heap of volcanic eruptions. And we were the last guys to cut there. That was the last record anybody cut there. It’s what happens when you work with The Stones. They got a hurricane and then it erupted. It was a pretty island once. With Mixed Emotions I think I had the music and I went to Mick and said, bring your bit to it. Because it’s a two-way street a lot of the time. I mean there was a time when Mick and I used to write face-to-face all the time. But we were on the road then. Now we can bring ideas to each other and sometimes it’s strange – we hadn’t seen each other for maybe 5 or 6 months and we get together and funny enough, we’d each have written a piece of music that actually fits together even though we haven’t been in communication with each other.
The band releases their song, Slipping Away, from the album, Steel Wheels.
The band releases, She’s So Cold, from the album, Emotional Rescue.
The band releases their song, Harlem Shuffle, from the album, Dirty Work. Richards:
I’ve been trying to get Harlem Shuffle on an album, without actually telling Mick, for 5 or 6 years. I thought that was a natural number for him to sing – it was made for him. I’ve been giving him cassettes with Harlem Shuffle stuffed in the middle somewhere for a long time, but I never got any real response. One night we were in the studio and Woody and I started plunking away at it. We were amazed at how simple the song was – about 2 chords. The band was just warming up on it, jamming, when Mick walked in and started singing. We realized, YEAH. And we did it in 2 takes. So it paid off eventually, though it cost me a fortune in cassettes.
The band releases, I Wanna Hold You, from the album, Undercover.
The band releases their song, Undercover Of The Night, from the album, Undercover. Jagger:
I’m not saying I nicked it, but this song was heavily influenced by William Burroughs’ Cities Of The Red Night, a free-wheeling novel about political and sexual repression. It combines a number of different references to what was going down in Argentina and Chile. I think it’s really good but it wasn’t particularly successful at the time because songs that deal overtly with politics never are that successful, for some reason.
The band releases, Going To A Go-Go, from, Still Life.
The band releases their song, Hang Fire, from the album, Tattoo You.
The band releases, Waiting On A Friend, from, Tattoo You.
The band releases their song, Worried About You, from the album, Tattoo You.
The band releases, Start Me Up, from, Tattoo You. Richards:
The story here is the miracle that we ever found that track. I was convinced – and I think Mick was – that it was definitely a Reggae song. And we did it in 38 takes – ‘Start me up. Yeah, man, cool. You know, you know, Jah Rastafari.’ And it didn’t make it. And somewhere in the middle of a break, just to break the tension, Charlie and I hit the rock and roll version. And right after that we went straight back to Reggae. And we forgot totally about this one little burst in the middle, until about five years later when somebody sifted all the way through these Reggae takes. After doing about 70 takes of Start Me Up he found that one in the middle. It was just buried in there. Suddenly I had it. Nobody remembered cutting it. But we leapt on it again. We did a few overdubs on it, and it was like a gift, you know? One of the great luxuries of The Stones is we have an enormous, great big can of stuff. I mean what anybody hears is just the tip of an iceberg, you know. And down there is vaults of stuff. But you have to have the patience and the time to actually sift through it
The band releases, Where The Boys Go, from the album, Emotional Rescue.
The band releases, Shattered, from the album, Some Girls.
The band releases, Respectable, from the album, Some Girls. Jagger:
I was banging out three chords incredibly loud on the electric guitar, which isn’t always a wonderful idea but was great fun here. This is a Punk meets Chuck Berry number. The lyric carries no fantastically deep message, but I think it might have had something to do with Bianca.
The band releases their song, When The Whip Comes Down, from the album, Some Girls. Jagger:
I don’t know why I wrote it. Maybe I came out of the closet (laughs). It’s about an imaginary person who comes from L.A. to New York and becomes a garbage collector.
The band releases their song, Far Away Eyes, from the album, Some Girls. Jagger:
You know, when you drive through Bakersfield on a Sunday morning or Sunday evening, all the Country music radio stations start broadcasting black Gospel services live from L.A. And that’s what the song refers to. But the song’s really about driving alone, listening to the radio.
The band releases their song, Hand of Fate, from the album, Black and Blue.
The band releases, Hot Stuff, from, Black And Blue.
The band releases their song, Fool To Cry, from the album, Black And Blue. Richards:
I was just glad somebody in the band could sing that falsetto. I got a pretty good falsetto myself. But when you got a singer and he can hit those notes, baby go for it. And Mick was always fascinated with the falsetto Soul singers like Aaron Neville. That’s crafty stuff, you know what I mean? But he’d been listening to so many people. It’s kinda like what goes in, will come out. You’ll just hear a phrase or a piece of music. And one way or another it’s part of your experience. And a lot of the time it comes out what you do without even realizing it. I don’t really like to think about these things too much. It’s more to do with feeling than intellectualizing about it.
The band releases their song, Hey Negrita, from the album, Black And Blue. Wood:
I had this particular lick that I took into the studio and the others said, What are we going to start with? and I said, I’ve got this song. Charlie was sitting behind his kit, so he was already into it and then Keith and Mick both got into the motion of it. That was Hey Negrita, which came together very easily. The key to getting a song across in this band is never to try and write all the words. If you’ve got the rhythm, you’re lucky! Let Mick write the words and then you’re in with a chance.