Keith Richards and Mick Jagger on ‘Under My Thumb’ and songs putting girls down:
Keith: “Songs like Under My Thumb and Stupid Girl were all a spin-off from our environment… hotels, and too many dumb chicks. Not all dumb, not by any means, but that’s how one got. Brian was still fantastic making records, because he was so versatile. I mean, he’d have marimbas – which is why you have marimbas on Under My Thumb – or dulcimer, sitar. He kind of lost interest in guitar, in a way. But at the same time he added all of that other color, those other instruments and other ideas. He was an incredibly inventive musician.”
Mick: “There was one song that was particularly chosen as an anti-women thing, which was Under My Thumb. And actually Under My Thumb – how does it go… (sings) ‘Under my thumb, there’s a girl who once had ME down’. So the whole idea was that she – that I was under HER, she was kicking ME around. So the whole idea is absurd, all I did was turn the tables around. So women took that to be… against femininity where in reality it was… trying to ‘get back’, you know, against being a ‘repressed male’. This was a long time ago… (laughs)”
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