Get Off of My Cloud
|"Get Off of My Cloud"|
|Single by The Rolling Stones|
|from the album December's Children (And Everybody's)|
|B-side||"I'm Free" (US)
"The Singer Not the Song" (UK)
|Released||25 September 1965 (US)
22 October 1965 (UK)
|Recorded||6–7 September 1965, RCA Studios, Hollywood|
|Label||London 45-LON 9792
|Producer||Andrew Loog Oldham|
|The Rolling Stones singles chronology|
"Get Off of My Cloud" is a song by the English rock band The Rolling Stones. It was written as a follow-up single to the successful "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction". The song topped the charts in the United States and the United Kingdom in the weeks following its release in November 1965.
Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, the song was recorded in early September 1965. The song is noted for its drum intro by Charlie Watts and twin guitars by Brian Jones and Keith Richards. The lyrics are defiant and rebellious, which was common practice for the Rolling Stones around that time; they were beginning to cultivate their infamous "bad boy" image. The Stones have said that the song is written as a reaction to their sudden popularity after the success of "Satisfaction". The song deals with their aversion to people's expectations of them.
|“||I was sick and tired, fed up with this and decided to take a drive downtown; It was so very quiet and peaceful, there was nobody, not a soul around; I laid myself out, I was so tired and I started to dream; In the morning the parking tickets were just like flags stuck on my windscreen||”|
On the song, Richards said in 1971, "I never dug it as a record. The chorus was a nice idea, but we rushed it as the follow-up. We were in L.A., and it was time for another single. But how do you follow-up "Satisfaction"? Actually, what I wanted was to do it slow like a Lee Dorsey thing. We rocked it up. I thought it was one of Andrew Loog Oldham's worst productions." In a 1995 interview with Rolling Stone, Jagger said, "That was Keith's melody and my lyrics... It's a stop-bugging-me, post-teenage-alienation song. The grown-up world was a very ordered society in the early '60s, and I was coming out of it. America was even more ordered than anywhere else. I found it was a very restrictive society in thought and behavior and dress." In the 2003 book According to... The Rolling Stones, Richards says: "'Get off of My Cloud' was basically a response to people knocking on our door asking us for the follow-up to 'Satisfaction'... We thought, 'At last. We can sit back and maybe think about events.' Suddenly there's the knock at the door and of course what came out of that was 'Get off of My Cloud'."
The song is in E major and is a variation on the "Louie Louie" riff: I-IV-V-IV; in this case E A B A. Brian Jones' 12-string guitar part can only just about be heard in the mono mix of the song as it is buried under the sound of the other instrument parts. It can only be clearly heard in some, but not all, unofficial stereo remixes.
- The Rolling Stones
- Mick Jagger - Lead vocals
- Keith Richards - Rhythm guitar, backing vocals
- Brian Jones - guitar 12-string lead guitar, electric piano
- Bill Wyman - Bass guitar, backing vocals
- Charlie Watts - Drums
Release history of song
The 1965 single release was a major success for the Rolling Stones. In the US, the single reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 on 6 November 1965, and remained there for two weeks. The single was included on the band's next full-length album, December's Children (And Everybody's), released in December, 1965. Appearances on later Stones releases include:
- Got Live If You Want It! (live album, 1966)
- Big Hits (High Tide and Green Grass) (compilation album, 1966)
- Hot Rocks 1964–1971 (compilation album, 1971)
- 30 Greatest Hits (compilation album, 1977)
- Love You Live (live album, 1977)
- Forty Licks (compilation album, 2002)
- The Biggest Bang (live DVD-set, 2007)
- GRRR! (compilation album, 2012)
- "Get Off My Cloud" by The Eyes (1965)
- "Get Off My Cloud" by Pinoy rock band Eddie Reyes and D'Downbeats (1965), performed live as an opening act for the concert of The Beatles in Rizal Memorial Stadium on July 4, 1966.
- "Get Off My Cloud" by Cary August (1994)
- "Get Off My Cloud" by The Briggs (2004)
- "Get Off My Cloud" by Alexis Korner (1975)
- UHF - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack and Other Stuff, as part of "Hot Rocks Polka" by "Weird Al" Yankovic (1989)
- "Get Off of My Cloud" by The Meteors has partially the same lyrics and tune.
- "Get Off My Cloud" by The Flying Pickets recorded live at the Albany Empire (1982), and also released on The Best of the Flying Pickets (Only You) EMI 1991
- Nikki Boyer recorded an acoustic version of the song in 2003 as part of the tribute CD New Licks: A Tribute to the Rolling Stones.
- The improv-comedy show Whose Line Is It Anyway? featured Colin Mochrie making a parody of the song's title for Wayne Brady and Brad Sherwood to make up lyrics to. The song was called "Hey, You! Get Off of McCloud" about the TV detective show McCloud. The guitar and beat sounded more like "Honky Tonk Women" than "Get Off of My Cloud"
- The song's refrain is the opening line in Wu Tang Clan's "Method Man"
- American new wave band Blondie played this song as concert closer during several shows of their 2008 "Parallel Lines 30th Annyversary Tour"
- "Get Off of My Cloud". Allmusic.
- Gilliland, John (1969). "Show 38 - The Rubberization of Soul: The great pop music renaissance. [Part 4]" (audio). Pop Chronicles. Digital.library.unt.edu.
- Unterberger, Richie. "The Rolling Stones "Get Off My Cloud"". allmusic. Retrieved 15 June 2007.
- Greenfield, Robert. "Keith Richards – Interview". Rolling Stone (magazine) 19 August 1971.
- "Jagger Remembers". Rolling Stone. 14 Dec 1995. Retrieved 12 June 2007.
- Bronson, Fred (2003). The Billboard Book of Number 1 Hits. New York: Billboard Books. p. 186. ISBN 0823076776. Retrieved 8 July 2012.
- December's Children (And Everybody's ) at AllMusic
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|UK number-one single
"Get Off of My Cloud" by The Rolling Stones
4 November 1965 (three weeks)
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|Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
"Get Off of My Cloud" by The Rolling Stones
6 November 1965 (two weeks)
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