Album: Singles Collection: The London Years (1963)

Songfacts®:

  • This was the first original song The Stones recorded. They stuck to covers of blues songs until then.
  • The Stones released this as the B-side of "I Wanna Be Your Man."
  • An obvious title for The Rolling Stones, "Stoned" is far from their signature song. There are very few lyrics on the track, which is indeed about being stoned.
  • The music is based on the instrumental song "Green Onions" by Booker T. & the MG's.
  • The songwriting credit on this went to Nanker Phelge, a goofy name for a Mick Jagger/Keith Richards composition. "Nanker" was a wacky face they would make to amuse each other, "Phelge" was a roommate of Keith Richards whom he considered "The most disgusting person ever."

Comments: 2

  • Davíd from Woburn, MaTom's right. "Nnker Phelge" was a combo of all their last names, which was easier than crediting Jagger/Richards/Jones/Wyman/Hopkins/Jones. Plus, it sounds cooler.
  • Tom from Yuba City, CaNanker Phelge is the name attributed to when all five stones contributed equally and they shared in the royalties. That's why you only see it in early Stones songs
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