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ROLLING STONES UNRELEASED: ‘SOME OF US ARE ON OUR KNEES’ (1985)

Rolling Stones unreleased: Some of Us Are On Our Knees
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Written by: Jagger, Richards
Recorded: EMI Pathé Marconi Studios, Paris, France, April 8-June 17, 1985

From Martin Elliott’s book THE ROLLING STONES COMPLETE RECORDING SESSIONS 1962-2012:
A slow rocking track led by Keith Richards on guitar and vocals. Some of the ideas gained from tracks like this were later used in Sleep Tonight.

From Ultimate Classic Rock:
Chief Stones songwriters Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were already known for their often tempestuous relationship, and in fact, their friction tended to produce some of the band’s best music. But the months leading up to the sessions for ‘Dirty Work’ found the group in general disarray; aside from ongoing conflicts between Jagger and Richards, the other members of the band — including drummer Charlie Watts, bassist Bill Wyman, and guitarist Ron Wood — had their own issues within and without the lineup.

“Mick and I weren’t on great terms at the time, but I said, ‘C’mon, let’s go out,'” Richards recalled in the pages of his ‘Life’ memoir, looking back on a memorable incident in 1984 that outlined the fissures in the band. “I lent him the jacket I got married in. We got back to the hotel about five in the morning and Mick called up Charlie. I said, ‘Don’t call him, not at this hour.’ But he did, and said, ‘Where’s my drummer?’ No answer. He puts the phone down. Mick and I were still sitting there, pretty [drunk] — give Mick a couple of glasses, he’s gone — when, about 20 minutes later, there was a knock at the door. There was Charlie Watts, Savile Row suit, perfectly dressed, tie, shaved, the whole f—ing bit. I could smell the cologne! I opened the door and he didn’t even look at me, he walked straight past me, got hold of Mick and said, ‘Never call me your drummer again.’ Then he hauled him right up by the lapels of my jacket and gave him a right hook.”
(Ref. some of us)

Admitting “the atmosphere was bad” even before the ‘Dirty Work’ sessions started in 1985, Richards recalled that the band had been kept waiting because of Jagger’s budding solo career — and to add insult to injury, by the time they finally convened in Paris to record, “Mick had come with barely any songs for us to work on. He’d used them up on his own record. And he was often just not there at the studio.”

“We usually jam around for a week and then start seriously getting into tracks. But this time we messed around for three weeks. Mick was flying back to London to do 12-inch re-mixes and video edits on his solo stuff. That was a sore point,” admitted Wyman in an interview with Creem. “We thought he should have forgotten his solo album, which was already out and finished. He should have worked with the Stones, but instead he let it drag through and he continued to work on that instead of with the Stones, which was disappointing, and we thought he had got his priorities wrong. His mind wasn’t there.”
(Ref. some of us)

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