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Album: Flashpoint (1991)
Charted: 29 57
  • The Stones recorded this for Flashpoint in 1991. The album consists of live recordings from their Steel Wheels tour followed by 2 new studio tracks, this and "Sex Drive."
  • The song is a commentary on the international arms trade and the events that led to the first US war with Iraq, which ended around the time this was released.
  • The first line - "We sell them missiles, we sell them tanks, we give them credit, you can call up the bank," was censored when The Stones performed it on the BBC TV show Top Of The Pops.
  • Bernard Fowler sang background vocals. Since the '90s, he has appeared on many Rolling Stones tracks. He has also worked with Yoko Ono, Sly & Robbie, Bootsy Collins, Duran Duran, Living Colour and Herb Alpert. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Bertrand - Paris, France

Comments: 2

  • Johnny from Los Angeles, CaJeez, if the war back then was thought to be bad, think about this war.
  • Chelsea from Nyc, OrFirst time the Stones were censored in a long time.
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