Composers: Mick Jagger &
Recording date: June-October 1979 & April-June 1981
Recording locations: Pathé Marconi Studios, Paris, France & Atlantic Studios, New York City, USA
Producers: The Glimmer Twins Associate producer & chief engineer: Chris Kimsey
Performed onstage: 1981-82, 2006-07, 2016
Drums: Charlie Watts
Bass: Keith Richards
Electric guitars: Keith Richards & Ron Wood
Lead vocal: Keith Richards
Background vocals: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards & Ron Wood
Piano: Ian Stewart
Well, that song's just about every good time I've had with somebody I'd met for a night or two and never seen again. And also about the shit that sometimes goes down when you just sort of bump into people unknowingly, and not knowing the scene you're walking in on, you know? You pick up a chick and end up spending the night in the TANK, you know?
(The guitar sound is) our equivalent of that rockabilly thing. I think you'll find that comes from using a lot of analog delay on Ron's guitar or my guitar or both of them, and I dampen it. That'll give you that ticka-tacka-ticka. I always use that green MXR analog delay. I'm told it's quite out of date now and old-fashioned, but Ig ot it free and I forgot that time marches on and they make better ones or so they say. I don't know. I've worked very well with those MXR things, and they've been very reliable.
(I'm using a) Telecaster, a '57 set up in 5-string tuning. It's open G 5-string, without the heavy string... You can get a drone going so you have the effect of two chords playing against each other.
I could have fucked around with (the mix) for ages. The final mix brought back a bit of the naïveté of the earlier sessions, otherwise it would have been too slick. It's nice and dumb, which is what it's supposed to be...
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