the TATTOO YOU poll

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this record plays extremely nicely as a whole, and often i let it sink into the background when i have guests around. however, when a certain mood kicks in i pay attention to each song and somehow find them each, on an individual level, great.

what is your personal favourite though. tell me yours and i'll tell you mine.

Poll Results

waiting on a friend11
little t&a 7
start me up 6
hang time 6
heaven 4
tops 1
neighbours 1
slave 0
black limousine 0
worried about you 0
no use in crying 0

Charlie Howard, Thursday, 13 December 2007 15:43 (thirteen years ago) link

the slinky soul of "tops" is tops for me. there are a few others i could easily name on any given day, but side 2 > side 1, and "tops" is the one i come back to more often than the rest.

fact checking cuz, Thursday, 13 December 2007 17:22 (thirteen years ago) link

that's Hang FIRE

Dr Morbius, Thursday, 13 December 2007 17:44 (thirteen years ago) link

little t&a, keith all the way.

tipsy mothra, Thursday, 13 December 2007 18:55 (thirteen years ago) link

"Heaven" -- sounds like nothing else in their catalogue. Mick on guitar too.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Thursday, 13 December 2007 18:55 (thirteen years ago) link

for me its 'little t&a'

such a nice, slurred delivery

Charlie Howard, Friday, 14 December 2007 16:10 (thirteen years ago) link

Has to be "Waiting On A Friend" - the Stones' greatest twilight anthem, plus a wonderful extended solo by Sonny Rollins.

Dingbod Kesterson, Friday, 14 December 2007 16:11 (thirteen years ago) link

Odd that no one's said "Start Me Up" yet.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Friday, 14 December 2007 20:09 (thirteen years ago) link

I will. I don't love this record, it's good, but it feels like Stones Lite to me. But I love "Start me Up."

The guy who just votes in polls, Friday, 14 December 2007 20:35 (thirteen years ago) link

It's "Heaven" for me, too. Never heard that song until I downloaded it from Bumrocks 1-2 years ago - made me buy the Tattoo You lp on the same day! Well, at least in the same week. It sounds so loose, almost freeform. In contrast to "Start Me Up" (which I love as well).

willem, Friday, 14 December 2007 20:37 (thirteen years ago) link

I'll vote for "Hang Fire". I'd heard it on the radio for years, and as a result heard the "do do do" part for years in my heard and sung it around the house. But I didn't know what song it was until finally some internet lyrics site had the "do do do" part---then bought the album. Classic tune, and an enjoyable album. I'd love to read someone make a strong case for its greatness.

Euler, Friday, 14 December 2007 20:40 (thirteen years ago) link

"Heaven." I think this album is about 1/2 great and 1/2 the Stones doing what only the Stones can do once they find their groove. Loved it all back-in-the-day, though.

JN$OT, Friday, 14 December 2007 20:44 (thirteen years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

ILX System, Wednesday, 19 December 2007 00:01 (thirteen years ago) link

I don't expect it to be a popular choice, but I really like "Neighbors."

Alex in NYC, Wednesday, 19 December 2007 22:37 (thirteen years ago) link

I'm with "Hang Fire" - such a nice tight concise opening couplet, it's got such a great tossed-off feel. Some sentimental associations with the theme too - railbirds - but beyond that the riff, the "Heartbreaker" doo-doo-doos, the vibe...unmannered fun, the band at their best.

J0hn D., Wednesday, 19 December 2007 22:55 (thirteen years ago) link

Side A is 'At the party, hitting on chicks' and Side B is 'In the Bedroom.'

calstars, Wednesday, 19 December 2007 23:06 (thirteen years ago) link

I was listening to this today and thinking about the poll. Really, the whole thing is all of a piece, despite its being a miscellany. "Hang Fire" may be one of their few political numbers that doesn't sound cynical; maybe its under-three-minutes length, the doo-doo-doos that John mentions, and compressed guitars help.

Meanwhile "Little T & A" turns raunchy into a kiss on the cheek.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Wednesday, 19 December 2007 23:09 (thirteen years ago) link

In my younger days I was a fool, and told my boss at the record store I worked at that I didn't like Tattoo You. He told me "that's because you've never fucked to side 2."

I like Tattoo You a lot now.

If Assholes Could Fly This Place Would Be An Airport, Wednesday, 19 December 2007 23:47 (thirteen years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

ILX System, Thursday, 20 December 2007 00:01 (thirteen years ago) link

I didn't see this, but incredible that "Start Me Up" did not win. The last classic Stones song.

Geir Hongro, Thursday, 20 December 2007 00:31 (thirteen years ago) link

'waiting on a friend' wins comprehensively. that's certainly a worthy choice.

this poll is introducing me to the merits of 'hang FIRE'. never looked upon it as a political song, but i'm seeing it now. a nice, rollicking little number it is too. love the keys.

incidentally, don't know how i wound up with hang TIME. that's what i've got it down as on my itunes somehow

Charlie Howard, Thursday, 20 December 2007 06:16 (thirteen years ago) link

and no love at all for "Worried About You." Listening to Wayne Perkins' solo makes me mourn Ronnie's continued employment with the organization.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Thursday, 20 December 2007 13:00 (thirteen years ago) link

one year passes...

would have voted tops, "never, never let success go to your pretty head"

boys (Tape Store), Thursday, 11 June 2009 16:22 (twelve years ago) link

two months pass...

"Heaven" is killing me hard at the moment. jeez, what a song.

scott seward, Saturday, 22 August 2009 15:01 (eleven years ago) link

No "Slave" votes? I'd have gone with that or "Hang Time" or "Little T&A," I think.

xhuxk, Saturday, 22 August 2009 15:04 (eleven years ago) link

Lovelovelove the phased guitar on "Heaven."

post-contrarian meta-challop 2009 (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 22 August 2009 15:06 (eleven years ago) link

the whole album sounded REALLY good to me just now. god, even "no use in crying" a song i usually completely forget about is awesome.

scott seward, Saturday, 22 August 2009 15:14 (eleven years ago) link

and no love at all for "Worried About You." Listening to Wayne Perkins' solo makes me mourn Ronnie's continued employment with the organization.

― Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Thursday, December 20, 2007

everything about this post is OTM

all yoga attacks are fire based (rogermexico.), Saturday, 22 August 2009 15:19 (eleven years ago) link

two years pass...
three months pass...


Mick Taylor plays guitar on "Tops" and "Waiting."

Sonny Rollins sax on "Slave" and "Waiting."

Super sessions at Mick's place!

calstars, Thursday, 5 July 2012 20:08 (nine years ago) link

Always thought Side 1 was the party, Side 2 was the bedroom down the hall.

calstars, Friday, 6 July 2012 19:58 (nine years ago) link

Waiting on a friend is untouchably good

Know how Roo feel (LocalGarda), Friday, 6 July 2012 20:40 (nine years ago) link

Keith discovers the Chorus effect on this record the same way he rode Phase on 'Some Girls.'

calstars, Friday, 6 July 2012 20:44 (nine years ago) link

two years pass...

In the sweet old country where I come from
Nobody ever works
Yeah nothing gets done
We hang fire

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 28 September 2014 23:44 (six years ago) link

the sequencing behind this album is basically genius. though i guess it's also a testament to the quality of the songs that i don't feel the urge to skip any of em.

charlie h, Monday, 29 September 2014 12:25 (six years ago) link

one year passes...

incredible album!

welltris (crüt), Wednesday, 11 November 2015 19:02 (five years ago) link

"Tops" robbed here. Stones at their sexiest

Top 5 Stones album for me, love it love it love it

Wimmels, Thursday, 12 November 2015 04:47 (five years ago) link

one year passes...

No votes for 'Slave'? That's developed into one of my favourite Stones grooves!

Working night & day, I tried to stay awake... (Turrican), Tuesday, 20 December 2016 21:57 (four years ago) link

Y'know, for an album that was made up of outtakes, I think this record is far stronger on the whole than the albums immediately before and after. It's no Some Girls, but on the plus side it's so Undercover or Emotional Rescue, either.

hey, when did Captain Birdseye buy that fucking high horse!? (Turrican), Tuesday, 20 December 2016 23:48 (four years ago) link

*no, rather.

Side One in particular is perfect, IMO. There's one or two clunkers on Side Two, but I dunno, at the end of the day I'm just glad all this stuff got turned into something.

I wonder if there's anything decent in the Stones' archives now that we're a few albums down the line? I suspect not.

Working night & day, I tried to stay awake... (Turrican), Wednesday, 21 December 2016 00:03 (four years ago) link

TBF, they yanked a bunch more stuff from that well for the expanded Exile and Some Girls, so it would seem the archives could probably line up to your vision now.

a full playlist of presidential apocalypse jams (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 21 December 2016 05:11 (four years ago) link

Yeah, but I mean, offcuts from Undercover onwards? I'm sure there must be a few outtakes/unreleased things from 1983-present lying around, but I can't imagine there's anything spectacular.

Working night & day, I tried to stay awake... (Turrican), Wednesday, 21 December 2016 19:31 (four years ago) link

three months pass...

i've been gradually moving forward in time thru the band's catalog as i know it, and this is the first album that sounds like what i think of as 'corporate'

j., Saturday, 25 March 2017 21:57 (four years ago) link

Wait until you get a couple of albums further down the line and realise that Tattoo You is their last near-classic record...

...until A Bigger Bang.

Coolio Iglesias (Turrican), Saturday, 25 March 2017 22:35 (four years ago) link

one year passes...

From an interview with Mark and Jerry (

In the book, you had a great story about meeting Mick Jagger, and he listened to your “Satisfaction” and he said he loved it because his manager told him to say that. Did you ever run into him again?
Mothersbaugh: Oh, my God, yeah. About three years later, we were recording at the Power Station and they were remixing old songs downstairs. And this old guy with a big, fat sweater and gray hair came upstairs and said, “Would someone here play synthesizer on a song for my band?” And I look at him and it was Charlie Watts. So I went downstairs and there was more marijuana than I’d ever seen in my life. Everybody got super stoned. And there was a vocoder that we’d borrowed from Bob Moog to use on the album. I didn’t have a microphone with a quarter-inch jack for it, so I got Mick to put a set of headphones on sideway so one of the earpieces was over his mouth. He sang into it while I played notes on a keyboard into the vocoder.

What song was it?
Mothersbaugh: “Worried About You.” They’d recorded it in, like, 1968 and were like, “Well, let’s add a synth track on it.” The next day, they played it for Keith Richards and he later told my brother, “Who played that synthesizer part? I’m gonna stab him!” (Laughs) So Keith hated it, but there’s a little of it still in the fadeout and that’s about it.

willem, Thursday, 2 August 2018 14:15 (three years ago) link

(Devo's Mark and Jerry, that is)

willem, Thursday, 2 August 2018 14:15 (three years ago) link

“Who played that synthesizer part? I’m gonna stab him!”

new board description

Paul Ponzi, Thursday, 2 August 2018 14:50 (three years ago) link

Could've just been 11 "Heaven"s.

vmajestic, Thursday, 2 August 2018 16:24 (three years ago) link

Wyman plays synth on that one iirc

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 2 August 2018 16:49 (three years ago) link

Jagger's guitar on "Heaven" is my favorite Jagger-on-guitar moment on record.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 2 August 2018 16:49 (three years ago) link

Yeah - Jagger came up with some neat things on guitar, both in writing and performances on the records, but holy shit does it just look utterly wrong to actually see him holding/playing one. There's some Some Girls era pics of Jagger with a guitar that just looks as if it's this thing getting in the way of him unleashing the inner chicken.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Thursday, 2 August 2018 17:15 (three years ago) link

A critic friend who's older once told me that it was a shocking sight to see Jagger playing guitar live in '78. Gradually he became an integral part of their rhythm sound, though, and he's a solid player.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 2 August 2018 17:19 (three years ago) link

I think he's a better guitarist than many people think he is, just people in general wouldn't really recognise this as they're used to Jagger up there "being the frontman" ... but yeah, 'Heaven's great, that's him on 'Sway' too... I wonder when he started learning? Is this something he picked up later while in the Stones or was he messing about on the instrument long before that, I wonder?

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Thursday, 2 August 2018 17:27 (three years ago) link

He plays the acoustic part in "Moonlight Mile" too.

Ronnie taught him the electric rhythm stuff, they've both said.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 2 August 2018 17:29 (three years ago) link

Doesn't he play some guitar in "Performance", or did I imagine that?

Father Ted in Forkhandles (Tom D.), Thursday, 2 August 2018 17:31 (three years ago) link

What the general public doesn't know is that he's written many of the riff monsters that many think Keef wrote ("Brown Sugar," "Miss You," etc). My theory: unlike Keef he sits down with his guitar or keyboard and says, "I'm gonna write Stones songs" and writes to that so-called template.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 2 August 2018 17:32 (three years ago) link

Hmm. Either '65 or '66, from the looks of it. Jagger looks like he's messing on with some 12-bar/slow rock'n'roll thing, based on where his fingers are on the fretboard.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Thursday, 2 August 2018 17:39 (three years ago) link

two years pass...

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