Saturday, July 20, 2013

Petrol Gang

The Rolling Stones' 2011 "Some Girls" re-release ends with 'Petrol Blues', a nearly two minute track with Mick Jagger on vocals and piano. The vocals revolve around the petrol crisis (remember, it was 1978 at the time) and the lack of fuel as the petrol manufacturers stockpiled it. Mick Jagger asks President Jimmy Carter for help since he does not want to sell his new Cadillac.

The original version of the track was called 'Petrol Gang', and had Mick Jagger on vocals and Ian 'Stu' Stewart on piano, as can clearly be heard on the demo tape: "Play it faster Stu, bit behind there dear, two miles behind me"!

Adapted from the following source:
Martin Elliott, The Rolling Stones Complete Recording Sessions 1962-2002, Cherry Red Books, 2002.

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