Friday, January 17, 2014

Rolling Stones Friday: 19th Nervous Breakdown

1965 was a crazy year for the Rolling Stones, following the explosion of their career with "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction", and the major TV appearances and relentless touring that followed.  While on the road, under pressure to produce follow up singles, they wrote "19th Nervous Breakdown", which Andrew Loog Oldham produced at RCA Studios in Los Angeles.  Here's the recorded version, released in February 1966: 

This single perfectly captures the Richards-Jones guitar dynamics, Jones playing off a classic Bo Diddley riff. And Jagger's sneering lyrics builds on their bad boy image, a far cry from their rivals The Beatles recent singles "Yesterday" and "Michelle".

Here's a live version from 1966, marred a bit by the girls' screaming, but great to see the band playing:


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