Some Girls (The Rolling Stones song)
|Song by the Rolling Stones|
|from the album Some Girls|
|Released||9 June 1978|
|Recorded||10 October – 21 December 1977|
|Producer(s)||The Glimmer Twins|
|Some Girls track listing|
Like "Under My Thumb", "Brown Sugar", and "Star Star", the lyrics to "Some Girls" created controversy because of the way it depicted women. The line "black girls just want to get fucked all night" enraged civil rights activists. In its review of the album, Rolling Stone writer Paul Nelson called it "...a sexist and racist horror..." but added "...it's also terrifically funny and strangely desperate in a manner that gets under your skin and makes you care."
Civil right leader Jesse Jackson met with Ahmet Ertegun, chair of the board of Atlantic Records (the record's distributor). The record company refused to edit the song for future releases and the band issued a statement saying the lyrics actually mocked stereotypical feelings towards women. When the Stones performed the song in Martin Scorsese's movie Shine a Light, however, the line was not included.
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The song was played at every concert of the Stones' 1999 North American No Security Tour which concentrated on lesser-known songs from the band's catalogue. During the tour, singer Mick Jagger changed the controversial lines, switching "white girls" and "black girls": "Black girls can be pretty funny, and sometimes they drive me mad; some of you white girls just want to get fucked all night but I just don't have that much jam."
Musically, the song is demonstrative of the unconventional uses of steel guitars heard throughout the Some Girls album, including a droning, phased two-chord groove. The original cut of the song ran some 23 minutes and featured verses Jagger came up with as they went along. Harmonica player Sugar Blue provides some virtuosic blues-style solos on the track.
- Nelson, Paul. "The Rolling Stones: Some Girls". Roling Stone (9 June 1978). Retrieved 4 April 2018.
- Peck, Abe (16 November 1976). "Rolling Stones in Hot Water Over Song Lyrics". Roling Stone. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
- Humorously, Saturday Night Live cast member Garrett Morris commented on the controversy with a mock-editorial on the show's Weekend Update segment: After giving the impression that he was going to openly criticize the Stones, he quoted a sanitized version of the "Black girls just..." line, then stated "I have one thing to say to you, Mr. Mick Jagger... where are these women?!?"
- Mauer, Mark (2 April 2008). "Rolling Stones, Scorsese and Black Girls". LA Weekly. Retrieved 4 April 2018.