Continental Drift

Album: Steel Wheels (1989)


  • In 1989, The Rolling Stones went to Tangier, Morocco for three days to record this song with the Master Musicians of Jajouka led by Bachir Attar for the Stones' album Steel Wheels. After the recording sessions, Mick Jagger visited the village of Jajouka, which Brian Jones had visited in 1968. This song marked a return to the world music The Stones experimented with in the '60s.
  • The squeal at the beginning is Keith Richards scraping a knife against a bicycle wheel.

Comments: 7

  • Bachir Attar from MoroccoHere we see that there is credit above but the other postings on tube have no credit to the Master Musicians of Jajouka.This is sad sad sad.Why? We are poor musicians who have struggled hard and this credit should be given.
  • Billy from Birmingham, EnglandIn the opening video, there is a small snippet of IORAR to be heard when the tongue appears on the screen.
  • Bill from Erie, PaThis has been their entrance for every concert on every tour since Steel Wheels, I think. On their current (Bigger Bang) tour, "Drift" was played over a montage of little particles assembling to form the faces of Mick, then Keith, then Charlie, then Ronnie. After Ronnie's face faded from the giant screen, the stage was lit up by fireworks and they started playing. At the concerts I went to, they started with "Start Me Up" twice and "Brown Sugar" once.
  • Johnny from Los Angeles, CaThe Stones are in the Jungle!!!!!
  • Johnny from Los Angeles, CaStrange. Good entrance, though. I wonder what other songs a bicycle is used in?
  • Frank from Pittsburgh, Pawas the entrance music on the 'steel wheels' tour
  • Chelsea from Nyc, OrThe song began while Mick and Keith were sequestered away, writing material for Steel Wheels. Keith woke up one morning to find Jagger playing the repetitive Keyboard loop on a little keyboard.
see more comments

Editor's Picks

Kristian Bush of Sugarland

Kristian Bush of SugarlandSongwriter Interviews

Kristian talks songwriting technique, like how the chorus should redefine the story, and how to write a song backwards.

Timothy B. Schmit

Timothy B. SchmitSongwriter Interviews

The longtime Eagle talks about soaring back to his solo career, and what he learned about songwriting in the group.

Protest Songs

Protest SongsMusic Quiz

How well do you know your protest songs (including the one that went to #1)?

Carol Kaye

Carol KayeSongwriter Interviews

A top session musician, Carol played on hundreds of hits by The Beach Boys, The Monkees, Frank Sinatra and many others.

Jimmy Jam

Jimmy JamSongwriter Interviews

The powerhouse producer behind Janet Jackson's hits talks about his Boyz II Men ballads and regrouping The Time.

Glen Phillips of Toad the Wet Sprocket

Glen Phillips of Toad the Wet SprocketSongwriter Interviews

The "All I Want" singer went through a long depression, playing some shows when he didn't want to be alive.