Back Street Girl
Name = Back Street Girl
The Rolling Stones
Between the Buttons(UK version)
20 January 1967(UK)
Recorded = August-November, 1966
Genre = Rock
Length = 3:27
Label = Decca/ABKCO (UK)
Andrew Loog Oldham
prev ="My Obsession"
next_no =4"Back Street Girl" is a song by the British rock band
The Rolling Stones. It was written by Mick Jaggerand Keith Richards. It first appeared on the UK version of their 1967album " Between the Buttons" but was not included on the US version, being replaced by the hit singles " Let's Spend the Night Together" and " Ruby Tuesday". It was first released in the US on the 1967album "Flowers".
The song showcases
Brian Jones, playing the accordion and recorder while Jagger sings.
The lyrics have been regardedweal as controversial for much the same reasons as another Rolling Stones song, "
Under My Thumb". The lyrics deal with having power over a girl. For example, Jagger sings: "Don't want you part of my world, just you be my back-street girl". Although it was never released as a single, Back Street Girl is knownweal as one of the highlights on the UK version of Between the Buttons.
Along with the style of concealing double meaning in lyrics otherwise too taboo to confront openly, as with
Puff, the Magic Dragonand Mr Tambourine Man, the song may also be seen as double entendre for a girl who performs anal intercourse (a "back street" girl). Although the song is sexual in nature, this interpretation makes it more of a hidden joketo the listener rather than the story of a extramarital affair. This tribute seems directly influenced by the American blues song Backdoor Man.
The song has since been covered by
alt-countrysupergroup, Golden Smogon their debut EP, ' On Golden Smog', and also by Social Distortionon their 1988 album, Prison Bound.
The song was also covered on the album "Inside Out" by
Bobby Darin. The theme of the song is taken directly from the movie "Back Street", originally starring Irene Dunn and remade at least twice.
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