digplanet beta 1: Athena
Share digplanet:

Agriculture

Applied sciences

Arts

Belief

Business

Chronology

Culture

Education

Environment

Geography

Health

History

Humanities

Language

Law

Life

Mathematics

Nature

People

Politics

Science

Society

Technology

"Black Limousine"
Song by The Rolling Stones from the album Tattoo You
Released 24 August 1981
Recorded January–March 1978, June–October 1979, April–June 1981
Genre Blues rock, hard rock
Length 3:31
Label Rolling Stones/Virgin
Writer Jagger/Richards/Ronnie Wood
Producer The Glimmer Twins
Tattoo You track listing

"Black Limousine" is a song by The Rolling Stones featured on their 1981 album Tattoo You.

The song[edit]

"Black Limousine" is one of the few credited to Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood (though incidentally one of two featured on Tattoo You). "Black Limousine" is a hard blues number (described as "fast mid-tempo blues of no specific nature"[1] by Jagger) which heavily hearkens back to the Rolling Stones' earliest recordings from their ABCKO/London albums. Using a heavy bellow, Jagger delivers his lines and spells out the growing rifts in an aging romance:

On the lyrics, Richards said in 1981, "That song does have a more generous view of relationships with women... I guess, because the women in our lives at the moment have made a change in our attitudes toward it. I guess because everything that comes out from the Stones is just as it comes out... That's how we used to feel about it, and that's how we feel about it now. This is purely a guess... but it seems logical that the people you're with are the ones who are gonna influence you most, whether you intend it or not. Mick might intend to sit down and write a real Stones song - you know, 'Blechhh! You cruddy piece of shit, you dirty old scrub box!' But obviously, that's not the way he's feeling now. It's not the way I'm feeling now."[1]

On the music, Wood said in 2003, "'Black Limousine' came about from a slide guitar riff that was inspired in part by some Hop Wilson licks from a record that I once owned... And there was another guy called Big Moose, who I've never heard of before or since... He was an old slide guitar guy who had one particular lick that he would bring in every now and again. I thought, 'That's really good, I'm going to apply that' - and so subconsciously I wrote the whole song around that one little lick, building on it, resolving it and taking it round again... That was something that clicked musically straight away with the guitars and drums and Mick, and then we immediately got into sparring about the lyrics for it, since it was obviously crying out for some words... Mick's got his own style and that's why I let him interpret it in his own way..."[2]

Recording and aftermath[edit]

Recording began in January and ran through March 1978 during the band's sessions at Paris' Pathé Marconi Studios for the album Some Girls. "Black Limousine" would again be brought out to be worked on by the band during the 1979 sessions for Emotional Rescue. However it would again return to the vault before again re-emerging during the Tattoo You sessions in mid-1981. With Jagger on vocals and shrieking harmonica, Richards and Wood performing the song's electric guitars, with Wood providing the solo. Ian Stewart performs the song's piano. Charlie Watts and Bill Wyman perform the song's drums and bass, respectively.[1]

On his rare credit, Wood continued, saying, "I fought until I was blue in the face to get the credit, going on and on: 'I wrote that, I wrote that.' One of the lessons I had to learn was that if you want to get a credit, it has to happen there and then in the studio, as you're recording it."[2]

"Black Limousine" was performed heavily by the band during their American Tour 1981/European Tour 1982. It was also performed during the 1995 leg of the Voodoo Lounge Tour.[1] A recording was featured as a bonus track on the Japanese release of 1995's Stripped, as well as being the b-side to the album's lead single "Like a Rolling Stone".

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Black Limousine". timeisonourside.com. Retrieved 2006-08-06. 
  2. ^ a b According to The Rolling Stones. Chronicle Books. ISBN 0-8118-4060-3. 

External links[edit]


Original courtesy of Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Limousine — Please support Wikipedia.
This page uses Creative Commons Licensed content from Wikipedia. A portion of the proceeds from advertising on Digplanet goes to supporting Wikipedia.

1801 news items

Gazette Review

Gazette Review
Thu, 03 Sep 2015 18:18:45 -0700

After making the announcement, Xi descended to the main thoroughfare and inspected rows of troops, riding past them on a black limousine. More than 12,000 troops, some of whom were contingents from Russia and elsewhere, marched down the capital's ...
 
The News International
Thu, 03 Sep 2015 18:43:31 -0700

BEIJING: President Xi Jinping announced on Thursday he would cut troop levels by 300,000 as China held its biggest display of military might in a parade to commemorate victory over Japan in the Second World War, an event shunned by most Western ...

Daily Mail

Daily Mail
Mon, 31 Aug 2015 14:31:36 -0700

Just before 1.30pm on Monday lunchtime, a black limousine swept through the gates of Manchester United's Carrington training base carrying the young man who could end up the most expensive teenager in the history of world football. Anthony Martial had ...
 
Kasmir Monitor
Thu, 03 Sep 2015 03:07:30 -0700

He then descended to Beijing's main thoroughfare and inspected rows of troops, riding past them in a black limousine and bellowing repeatedly: "Hello comrades, hard-working comrades!" More than 12,000 soldiers, mostly Chinese but with contingents from ...

CNN

CNN
Mon, 17 Aug 2015 06:11:45 -0700

(CNN) Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump reported for jury duty Monday morning at a Manhattan courthouse in a black limousine. Upon his arrival, he was surrounded by a swarm of reporters and people, trying to get a glimpse of the celebrity ...

New York Times

New York Times
Thu, 20 Aug 2015 12:23:17 -0700

Mr. Le Pen had vigorously contested the move in advance, saying the board was not qualified to judge him because they are “paid” by the party. He arrived at the party headquarters here in the western suburbs of Paris in a black limousine with tinted ...

News 10NBC

News 10NBC
Mon, 17 Aug 2015 16:15:00 -0700

Donald Trump pulled up in a long black limousine and gave a very presidential wave as he made his way into the building. Then the billionaire promptly found himself seated next to ordinary, wage-earning, subway-riding New Yorkers, forced to wait - and ...

WIAT 42

WIAT 42
Tue, 18 Aug 2015 14:56:15 -0700

The Republican front-runner arrived in the morning in a long black limousine and had to make his way through a crush of cameras and reporters. He got both boos and shouts of “Donald!” from onlookers. He found himself sitting in a waiting room next to ...
Loading

Oops, we seem to be having trouble contacting Twitter

Support Wikipedia

A portion of the proceeds from advertising on Digplanet goes to supporting Wikipedia. Please add your support for Wikipedia!

Searchlight Group

Digplanet also receives support from Searchlight Group. Visit Searchlight