Sunday, July 08, 2012

95 Songs of Summer, #19 - "Emotional Rescue" (1980)

"Emotional Rescue" is rarely mentioned when the discussion turns to great albums by the Stones, but it was better than people gave it credit for.  Being sandwiched between the obviously great "Some Girls" and the nearly great "Tattoo You, the album probably never had a chance.  But there was some good stuff on it, and it's hard to deny the greatness of the title song, which hit the top of the charts in the summer of 1980.

It was that fall that I made my sojourn to UC Berkeley, and I remember a lot of people hated this song - "disco Stones," they called it, or even worse.  It was certainly unlike what most would agree is the "classic Stones sound," and truth be told it was probably more "Mick" than "Stones."

But you know, Mick does know what he's doing, and for what it's worth I always thought this song sounded great.

"Emotional Rescue," The Rolling Stones, from the summer of 1980.

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