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Rolling Stones: Their 11 Greatest Songs and the Stories Behind Them

The Rolling Stones go on tour again after the death of L'Wren Scott, the longtime partner of their front man Mick Jagger. For May, June and July the band announced 14 concerts in Europe and Israel through their website. The Stones also want to catch up on the canceled Australian tour.

The concerts would take place in October and November, according to the band on their website. "The Rolling Stones want to thank their fans for the patience and understanding they have shown," it said.

The German fans are already looking forward to the cult band: The two Rolling Stones concerts in Germany have already been sold out to the last seat. On June 10th Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood will rock the Berlin Waldbühne with their “14 ON FIRE” tour (18,000 seats), on June 19th they will play in the Esprit Arena Düsseldorf (43,000 seats).

To shorten the waiting time, BILD explains their eleven most important songs and the stories behind the Stones hits!


Album: "Out Of Our Heads", 1965

A fluffy pop song with special meaning: "The Last Time" was the first big hit that Mick Jagger and Keith Richards had written together. At the same time, the Stones cracked the top ten in the USA and Germany for the first time. "The song gave us confidence that we could write Stones songs together," says Keith Richards. “We had a hard time doing it up until then, it took months. In the end came The Last Time out of it. ”And a creative partnership that has provided classics for decades ...


Album: "Out Of Our Heads", 1965

One night Keith Richards woke up with the song in his head. The riff, the melody. Only the text was added later. He had it for it, it is a hedonistic outcry in which desire, renunciation and insatiability resonate. “Satisfaction”: a scandal song, but one that hit the zeitgeist of the 1960s and their seething sexual revolution. Some, who listened very carefully, thought they found the allusion to a girl who was not ready for sex because she was on her period. With the verse about a man “who cannot be a man because he does not smoke the same cigarettes as I do”, heavy swaths of hashish ran through the second stanza.

The then manager Andrew Loog Oldham always promoted a snotty image for the Stones to differentiate the band from the Beatles. At the latest after "Satisfaction" they got what they wanted.

The power of what is probably the greatest stone cracker is indestructible: Rolling Stone magazine voted “Satisfaction” in 2004 as the second best song of all time. Even if Mick Jagger once said as a youngster that he didn't want to sing the song when he was 45 years old: The Stones play it on almost every tour. He's the very last encore on the current “14 on Fire” tour. After all, the fans shouldn't go home unsatisfied.


Album: "December Children (And everybody’s)", 1965

Freshly ruined the reputation, the rockers surprised with a ballad shortly after "Satisfaction". Jagger and Richards initially gave their composition to the then 17-year-old singer Marianne Faithfull, who had the same manager and who celebrated her breakthrough in 1964 with "As Tears Go By". In 1965 the Stones recorded their own version.

Keith Richards told Guitar Player magazine in 1992: “All of a sudden we were songwriters. And that thanks to an anti-Stones song that was absolute for the time. ”From then on, the rockers were allowed occasional ballads, such as the hit“ Angie ”from 1973, which was even stolen by the Angela Merkel team in 2005 for the election campaign.

2005 was also the year in which the Stones performed "As Tears Go By" for the first time on a tour, 2013 Jagger sang the song in a duet with country chick Taylor Swift.

By the way: Marianne Faithfull became Jagger's girlfriend in 1966 for three excessive years. Jagger and Faithfull co-wrote "Sister Morphine" (published 1971), a morbid Velvet Underground drug song about a man who begs for morphine in a hospital car accident - a metaphor for Faithfull's heroin addiction. Faithfull had to fight for her co-authorship in 1995.


Album: "Aftermath", 1966

Dark Stones piece from the point of view of a person who cannot stand the colors and the happiness around him and would prefer to paint everything black because he is just having to get over the death of his beloved.

Why did he write a song about death? Mick Jagger: “I don't know, others have already done it. It's not a very original idea. It depends on how you do it. "

Obviously, the implementation of the Stones hit the nerve of the times, the song reflects the dark side of the flowery 60s: Vietnam War, Cold War, drug deaths.

Especially in the 80s, when the USA worked through their Vietnam trauma, the song was associated with the war, for example through its use in the opening credits of the series "NAM - Dienst im Vietnam" or in the credits of the Stanley Kubrick film "Full Metal Jacket" .


Released as a single in 1968, the song only appeared on compilation albums

Who is jack Keith Richards answered in an interview with Rolling Stone in 2010: “The text was written on a gray morning in Redlands (Richards ’country estate in England). Mick and I were up all night, it was raining, and we could hear the noise of my gardener's boots by the window. Mick asked: Who is this? I said: Oh, that's Jack bouncing!“Jagger added that Jumpin 'Jack around a Flash, Keith got the guitar and played along with the Dadaist chorus, which was later interpreted as a symbol of drug withdrawal.

After a few psychedelic experiments, the song sounded like the old blues sound again and put the band back on track after some had already started singing - for example after Jagger and Richards were arrested in 1967 for drug possession. Jack jumped to number 1 in England and Germany, to number 3 in the USA. The song has been played on every tour since then.


Album: Beggars Banquet, 1968

In his satanic litanies, the French scandal poet Charles Baudelaire drew an unheard of picture of the antichrist in the mid-19th century. In these verses, the fallen angel was a hero of the outcasts, a cunning rebel, practically the very first punk rocker. Consequence: Blasphemy charges! The Stones were also repeatedly suspected of Satanism, and with this song they flirted with these rumors: The devil in "Sympathy For The Devil" is a gentleman with excellent manners and a witness to historical events who demands respect and even understanding. Not only Baudelaire, but also the book “The Master and Margarita” by Mikhail Bulgakow influenced Jagger. In the 1940 work, the devil haunts Moscow in the form of a magician.

The line "Who killed Kennedy? When after all it was you and me“Was changed to the plural after five years after John F. Kennedy in 1968 his brother Robert F. was also assassinated.


Album: "Let It Bleed", 1969

The three promises of the 60s, each treated in a stanza. Free love, peace, drugs - the refrain, however, tells us that none of this is as easy to get as it seems.

The Chelsea drugstore on London's King’s Road, where Jagger wants to redeem his prescriptions from a mysterious Mr. Jimmy in the song, was also the location for Stanley Kubrick's film “A Clockwork Orange”. Today there is a McDonald’s in the building.


Album: "Sticky Fingers", 1971

"God only knows what this song is about," says Mick Jagger. No, not just God knows. Fans, moral guards and journalists also understood the barely concealed allusions to slavery, sadism, oral sex and heroin. All over a dirty groove and the guitar riffs of Keith Richards.

Inspiration was Jagger's secret lover Marsha Hunt, an African American, mother of his eldest daughter Karis (now 43). 2008 asked the Irish Times at Marsha Hunt to see what feelings the song aroused in her. Your answer: "None at all."


Album: "It's Only Rock’n’ Roll ", 1974

A defiant hymn to the address of the press, who greedily pounced on the scandals, to the fans for whom it was never enough ("I could stick a knife in my heart, suicide on stage, would that satisfy your teenage cravings? "), To the groupies who thought they were the only ones. But also to Jagger's wife Bianca, who was of the opinion that her husband should rather be an actor instead of wasting his energies as a rock star. The Stones stuck their tongue out to all of them with this song and said: Eh! We lead a rock'n'roll life and you don't!

And the song title promptly became a catchphrase.


Album: "Some Girls", 1978

The rockers ride the disco wave? Help, thought many fans. The fact was that Mick Jagger and Bianca Jagger, as THE glamorous couple of the 70s, celebrated the nights in classy sheds like New York's Studio 54 - Bianca made the nightclub famous when she broke into a white horse.

Charlie Watts also admits that songs like “Miss You” were inspired by disco nights and four-four time: “It was a great time. I still remember how we drove from a club to the hotel in Munich and Mick the whole time YMCA sang. Keith freaked out, but it sounded really good on the dance floor. "

In Miss you Mick Jagger celebrates his turbulent marriage, which was finally divorced in 1979 - Mick had long since had an affair with supermodel Jerry Hall, also 54 regulars. The two married in 1990.


Album: "Tattoo You", 1981

Originally written as a reggae song in 1975, “Start Me Up” disappeared in drawers and then in 1981, as a rough rock number, became the biggest Stones hit of the 80s. The song starts with the band's most famous guitar riffs. Then Jagger, who, even as a multimillionaire in his late 30s, whips out the simple lyrics as rebelliously as if it were all or nothing at the moment.

To this day the song is a money machine: In 1995 Microsoft bought the song for its Windows 95 campaign. Bill Gates is said to have made $ 14 million for it. In 2003 Ford used the song in a spot.

In addition, the hit is a sports stadium classic that is played when the teams arrive. The Stones then performed "Start Me Up" in the 2006 Superbowl halftime.

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The founding years of the Rolling Stones

  • The schooltime

    The year of birth of the more than 60-year-old partnership between Mick Jagger and Keith Richards is 1951. Both of them get to know each other as a child at the Wentworth Primary School in Dartford, England. According to Jagger, the two were not friends at the time, but knew each other. They soon parted ways - it wasn't until 10 years later that they should cross again ...

  • The reunion

    Probably the most important meeting in the history of the Rolling Stones took place on the morning of October 17, 1961. The 18-year-old Mick Jagger is on his way to London, where he is studying at the time. He stands on the platform of the train station in his hometown of Dartford with a handful of blues records. Keith Richards, then 17, also wants to take the train to the capital city to university this Tuesday. On the platform, they both recognize each other from before and start a conversation that they continue throughout the train journey. The first musical dialogue that would lead to the foundation of the Rolling Stones.

  • Finding a name

    In June 1962 Mick Jagger and Keith Richards formed a complete band with Brian Jones, Ian Steward, Dick Taylor and Tony Chapman - only one name is still missing for the band. The exact course of events is unclear, but guitarist Brian Jones is usually named as the name finder. When asked by his bandmates, what one might call himself, he is said to have seen a record by the blues legend Muddy Waters lying on the floor. One of the songs on it was called "Rollin 'Stone".

  • The first concert

    For many, July 12, 1962 is considered the actual birthday of the Rolling Stones. This Tuesday, The Rollin 'Stones (still without the "g") will play their first gig at the Marquee Club in London. The engagement came about by chance: The band Blues Incorporated, which had actually been booked for the evening, canceled their performance at short notice. The befriended Stones play as a substitute.

  • The first regular line-up

    In late 1962, Dick Taylor and Tony Chapman left the band and were replaced by Bill Wyman and Charlie Watts. This completed the first regular line-up of the band and would not change until Brian Jones' death in 1969. On January 14th, the band played their first concert in this formation in London's Flamingo Jazz Club under the name The Rolling Stones (now with "g").