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Bitch (The Rolling Stones song)

"Bitch"
Song by The Rolling Stones from the album Sticky Fingers
Released 16 April 1971
Recorded October 1970
Genre Hard rock, blues rock, proto-punk
Length 3:36
Label Rolling Stones/Virgin
Writer Jagger/Richards
Producer Jimmy Miller
Sticky Fingers track listing

"Bitch" is a song by the English rock band The Rolling Stones from their 1971 album Sticky Fingers, first released one week before the album as the b-side to its advance single, "Brown Sugar."[1] Despite not being used as an official single by itself, the tune has garnered major airplay from classic rock radio stations. With a bombastic use of horns, the track is not about a specific woman, but it instead focuses on how, in general, "love is a bitch".

Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, "Bitch" was recorded in October 1970 at London's Olympic Studios, and at Stargroves utilising the Rolling Stones Mobile studio.[2]

Contents

  • Composition 1
  • Personnel 2
  • Other releases 3
  • Cover versions 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Composition

The song was conceived during the Sticky Fingers sessions in October 1970. Richards was late that day, but when he arrived he transformed a loose jam into the trademark riff found on the released take. Andy Johns claims:

When we were doing Bitch, Keith was very late. Jagger and Mick Taylor had been playing the song without him and it didn't sound very good. I walked out of the kitchen and he was sitting on the floor with no shoes, eating a bowl of cereal. Suddenly he said, Oi, Andy! Give me that guitar. I handed him his clear Dan Armstrong Plexiglass guitar, he put it on, kicked the song up in tempo, and just put the vibe right on it. Instantly, it went from being this laconic mess into a real groove. And I thought, Wow. THAT'S what he does.
- Andy Johns, 2007[3]

The song is also notable for its heavy brass section that punctuates the guitar riff after the choruses. Mick Jagger said:

The brass for me is great, especially on like Bitch. I mean as long as it's used sort of tastefully. I'm not saying I'd like to work with a band with sort of five or six brass. But I wouldn't mind a band with sort of 5 saxophones.
- Mick Jagger, 1971[3]

It also features the positions of Richards and Taylor swapped, as Taylor performs the guitar riff while Richards fills in various licks and the eventual guitar solo that closes the song. The humorous lyrics are also laced with obscenity like ''Brown Sugar'', as opposed to the sexual innuendos of previous albums. Ronnie Wood recalled in 1997:

I was reading (the lyrics to) Bitch, and I was cracking up at some of the words.
- Ron Wood, 1997[3]

Personnel

Other releases

Cover versions

References

  1. ^ Unterberger, Richie. "Bitch – The Rolling Stones : Listen, Appearances, Song Review". AllMusic. Retrieved 27 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "The Complete Works of the Rolling Stones – Database". Nzentgraf.de. Retrieved 27 October 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c "Bitch". www.timeisonourside.com. Retrieved 2015-09-13. 
  4. ^ Herbie Mann covers "Bitch" on YouTube
  5. ^ Goo Goo Dolls covers "Bitch" on YouTube
  6. ^ Exodus covers "Bitch" on YouTube
  7. ^ Matthews Band Camden, NJ June 4, 2008

External links

  • Complete Official Lyrics
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