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This started out as an up-tempo song called "A Mess Of Fire."
Mick Jagger and Keith Richards are the only Stones to play on this. The other Stones went to sleep after a long session, while producer Phil Spector filled in on bass and his assistant, Jack Nitzsche played harpsichord. They left to tour Australia the next day. Nitzsche was a prolific producer who also scored many movies, including The Exorcist and One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest. He died in 2000 at age 63.
Mick Jagger (1995): "It's a very in-your-face kind of sound and very clearly done. You can hear all the vocal stuff on it. And I'm playing the tambourine, the vocal line. You know, it's very pretty. Keith and me (wrote that). I mean, it just came out. It was just kind of rich girls' families - society as you saw it. It's painted in this naive way in these songs. I don't know if it was daring. It just hadn't been done." (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France)
A janitor at the studio sang backup. At the end of an all-night session Jagger and Richards were the only Stones still awake, and they were desperate for another voice.
This was released as the B-side of "The Last Time," and does not appear on the English version of Out Of Our Heads. In England it was customary to not include single releases on albums.
This was featured in the 2007 movie The Darjeeling Limited. It's a rare instance of an entire song being used in a film.
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