Album: Tattoo You (1981)
  • This is a tale of neighbors from hell inspired by Keith Richards. He was always getting complaints for playing his music too loud, and was evicted from his New York apartment in 1981.
  • This was the first song Mick Jagger wrote about Richards.
  • Jazz great Sonny Rollins played the sax solo.
  • This was one of 2 songs on Tattoo You that did not start as an outtake from another album. "Heaven" is the other.
  • Tattoo You was released the same year MTV went on the air, and The Rolling Stones had a huge presence on the network that year. This song had a fairly elaborate video that was based on the Alfred Hitchcock film Rear Window. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Bertrand - Paris, France

Comments: 6

  • Michael from Delafield, WiKevin, the song about being lazy is "Hang Fire". I love this verse:

    "You know marrying money is a full time job
    I don't need the aggravation
    I'm a lazy slob
    I hang fire, I hang fire
    Hang fire, put it on the wire "

  • M from Psl, FlA rolling stone gathers no moss!
  • Danny from Your Town, IaI think one of the earlier ones Mick wrote about Keith would be "Let It Loose."
  • Kevin from Reading , PaI always thought this song was the Stones being lazy, just not trying too hard. It's kind of an obnoxious song, with Mick yelling "neighbors" over and over against a beating snare drum. Not one of the album's highlights.
  • Steve from Culver City, CaHaving been written in 1981, I doubt if it was the "first" song Jagger wrote about Keith Richards. How about "Let it Bleed" or "Dead Flowers"?
  • Johnny from Los Angeles, CaFirst song Mick wrote about Keith? Really?
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