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ROLLING STONES UNRELEASED: ‘COCKSUCKER BLUES’ (1970)

Also known as: ‘Schoolboy Blues’, ‘Lonesome Schoolboy’
Written by: Jagger/Richard
Recorded: Rolling Stones Mobile, Stargoves, Newbury and Olympic Sound Studios, London, England, May 1970

From Martin Elliott’s book THE ROLLING STONES COMPLETE RECORDING SESSIONS 1962-2012:
As the Stones terminated their contract with Decca an executive reminded them that they still had to deliver one further single. The Stones duly obliged presenting them with the master tape of Cocksucker Blues. It was the Stones’ last two-finger salute to the record company who, through the years, continually censored album covers and products alike. Decca were morally obliged not to release the ‘X’ rated Cocksucker Blues. It is a slow blues song featuring just acoustic guitar and Mick Jagger’s wailful tones. Mick is the likely acoustic guitar player. The lyrics freely describe homosexual practices. The track was later retitled Schoolboy Blues when it was included in the stage production of The Trials of Oz by Geoff Robertson. Original demos were recorded in the mobile recording unit at Stargroves, Newbury, Berkshire. In 1984 the German boxed set of Decca material contained a bonus single with Cocksucker Blues on it. It was available for a short period and then in 1985 was discontinued and Decca in Hamburg declined to comment. An interesting electric version was played in May 1978 during rehearsals for the upcoming tour. It was not featured on the setlist!

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