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Rolling Stones songs: Too Much Blood
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Did you ever see ‘Texas Chain Saw Massacre’?/ Horrible, wasn’t it?…

Written by: Jagger/Richards
Recorded: EMI Pathé Marconi Studios, Paris, France, Nov. 11-Dec. 16 1982; Compass Point Studios, Nassau, Bahamas, May 1983; The Hit Factory, NYC, USA, June-July 1983
Guest musicians: Jim Barber (guitar), Chops (horns), Moustapha Cisse, Brahms Coundoul, Martin Ditcham and Sly Dunbar (percussion), Chuck Leavell (keyboards)
*Data taken from Martin Elliott’s book THE ROLLING STONES COMPLETE RECORDING SESSIONS 1962-2012

From Songfacts:
This was inspired by Issei Sagawa, a Japanese student in Paris who killed and ate his girlfriend. He buried her bones (which he didn’t eat), in a Park near The Stones recording studio in Paris.

Keith Richards was not at the recording session. Jim Barber, his guitar technician, plays in his place. He is credited on the album and went on to be a prolific session guitarist.

David Sanborn played sax, reggae session man Sly Dunbar played drums.

The video features Keith Richards and Ron Wood wielding chainsaws like guitars. It was shot in Mexico City.

From the Rolling Stones – All the Songs, The Story Behind Every Track book:
“Too Much Blood” was written mainly by Mick Jagger. It tackles the theme of violence, and more precisely the way in which violence is reported by the media, that is to say with an emphasis on the sensational a lot of the time. The Stones singer took his inspiration from a drama that unfolded in Paris in 1981. On June 11, a young Japanese man named Issei Sagawa lured a Dutch student named Renée Hartevelt to his home. After killing her, he engaged in repeated acts of cannibalism with her body. Arrested but judged unfit for trial, he was committed to a psychiatric institution near Paris and then in Japan, which he left in 1986. Sagawa made the front page of the newspapers under the moniker “the Japanese Cannibal.”