Jagger & Keith Richards
Recording date: March, October & December 1975
Recording locations: Musicland Studios, Munich, West Germany & Mountain Recording Studios, Montreux, Switzerland
Producers: The Glimmer Twins Chief engineer: Keith Harwood
Performed onstage: 1976-77, 2002-03
Bass: Bill Wyman
Electric guitars: Keith Richards & Wayne Perkins (incl. solos)
Lead vocal: Mick Jagger
Background vocals: Keith Richards & Ron Wood
Piano: Billy Preston
Percussion: Ollie Brown
(Keith and I) write some together. In fact, Hand of Fate we kind of did, get together. Even on the lyrics, we discussed it over a lengthy coffee... coffee BREAKS, in the studio, and we came up with the lyrics TOGETHER on that one.
(I)t's the wrong rhythm these days. It's a bit old-fashioned Rolling Stones... Well, you've got your fucking opportunity (if you prefer dancing to this one). If you don't like to dance to THIS one (Hot Stuff), you don't have to touch it, soon enough THIS one comes on. And you're back into your old Rolling Stones booga-boom, gadda-gadda, boom-boom. All right?
Hand of Fate seemed to be a good song to have second (on the album)... It's a narrative, you know, a sort of chopped up narrative about a Southern murder. It's better, you know, than singing about the ordinary things. A lot of people like that one. It's about someone whose woman you take and he decides to take her back. It's a simple narrative... It's quite a good idea to do if you've got the kernel of a good story. It's very hard, actually – unless you're really good – to get any kind of narrative into a song of four and a half minutes. It's so complicated: And then he... If it got as complicated as it could have been, it would really have got boring. And the thing is to not say a lot.
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