The Under Assistant West Coast Promotion Man

Album: Out Of Our Heads (1965)
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  • Well, I'm waiting at the bus stop in downtown L.A.
    Well, I'm waiting at the bus stop in downtown L.A.
    But I'd much rather be on a boardwalk on Broadway

    Well, I'm sitting here thinkin' just how sharp I am
    Well, I'm sitting here thinkin' just how sharp I am
    I'm an under assistant west coast promo man

    Well, I promo groups when they come into town
    Well, I promo groups when they come into town
    Well they laugh at my toupee, they're sure to put me down

    Well, I'm sitting here thinking just how sharp I am
    Yeah, I'm sitting here thinking just how sharp I am
    I'm a necessary talent behind every rock and roll band

    Yeah, I'm sharp
    I'm really, really sharp
    I sure do earn my pay
    Sitting on the beach every day, yeah
    I'm real real sharp, yes I am
    I got a Corvette and a seersucker suit
    Yes, I have

    Here comes the bus, uh oh
    I though I had a dime
    Where's my dime
    I know I have a dime somewhere
    I'm pretty sure Writer/s: Keith Richards, Michael Jagger, Phelge Nanker
    Publisher: Abkco Music Inc.
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Comments: 10

  • Phoenix Flyer from ArizonaThe comment about cravat instead of Corvette is spot on. If he had a Corvette, why is he sitting at the bus stop.
  • King from ChicagoNanker Phlege is the pseudonym used by the Rolling Stones as a full group credit not as a "funny name" for a Jagger/Richards tune.
  • Catherine Baffa from NyHe says cravat not Corvette
  • Robert from The Jersey Shore"Here comes the bus" cracks me up!
  • Richard from Somewhere West Of NeverThis one was one of my favorite "sleeper" songs. One of those things that you listened to exactly because it was a "B" side single. When you got your hands on the newest 45 rpm (single) You would listen to the "A" side and then flip it over just to see how "bad" the "B" side was–– well, after getting your mind blown by "Satisfaction" and then flipping it to hear "The Under Assistant West Coast Promotion Man", it was like – wait a minute! This is really good! It was so snarky you had to like it even when you discover the melody was really "Fanny Mae" with a Stones flair, and after all, the whole band had a hand in this (hence, "Nanker Phelge" pseudonym for all 5 members contribution). But in this Age of the Internet once an error is applied to "fact" it is hard to correct: in the song Mick sings that he's got "I got a Corvette and a seersucker suit". WRONG. He's actually saying "cravat" not Corvette. But until Mick comes out publicly as STATES this, it will remain incorrect forever…
  • Deepthinker From Maine from Saco, MaineHad this single back in the 60's. As I have been led to believe the Stones didn't think "Satisfaction" would be a hit. Oops!! Well, to me this record has always represented two sides of the same coin and I think the Stones meant it that way. On "Satisfaction" you find yourself getting nothing to make your day better. The old 'Life sucks and then you die' attitude. While on "Under Assistant" you find yourself being sooooo narcissistic you can't see the forest for the trees. I think these were released together on purpose. The Stones are a "Blues" based group and this combination fits right in with Robert Johnson's methods.
  • Cj from Midwest Once more, Brian not credited with coming up with Nanker Phelge or the Nanker face.
  • Ghostoflectricity from IllinoisBill from Erie: that is correct. "Nanker Phelge" was a collective pseudonym for the entire group for songwriting purposes, not just Jagger and Richards.
  • Alastair from Stranraer, United KingdomThe song is credited as a group composition. It has original lyrics but musically it closely follows the chord structure of Buster Brown's 'Fanny Mae'. A song that was part of their playlist - a Rolling Stones performance of 'Fanny Mae' for the BBC is in existence.
  • Bill from Erie, PaThe songfact about Nanker/Phelge is incorrect- songs written by Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Brian Jones, Bill Wyman and Charlie Watts were credited to Nanker/Phelge.
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