Hackskeptic’s 500 Greatest Songs: The Rolling Stones – Paint It Black

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175 – The Rolling Stones – Paint It Black (1966)
Written by Jagger/Richards
Produced by Andrew Loog Oldham
Label – Decca/London

1966 was the point at which Mick Jagger and Keith Richards really asserted themselves as quality songwriters, and kind of ousted Brian Jones from his position of creative focal for the band. That’s not to say that his musical contributions weren’t important, as one only has to acknowledge that his Sitar embellishment to this song is vital, but his influence was beginning to diminish. “Paint It Black” is like nothing they’d ever released before, a hint of psychedelia, driving rhythms and a dark lyric, describing the extreme grief suffered by one stunned by the sudden and unexpected loss of wife, lover or partner.

11 responses to “Hackskeptic’s 500 Greatest Songs: The Rolling Stones – Paint It Black

  1. Listening to the Stones catalog in order, it’s interesting to note the gradual takeover of the band by Mick and Keith and the loss of influence as time went on of Brian. Its easy to forget now that when the band started it was Brian’s band.

  2. One of my favourite songs ever. Can’t even begin to describe that feeling when I hear this kick in… they rarely sounded as urgent and inspired as they did here.

    • I used to be a bit sniffy about the Stones because I always drew unnecessary comparisons to The Beatles, who of course always won. Over the last decade I’ve grown more appreciative of their music, and although they’re still miles behind The Beatles IMO, they did produce some darn fine music.

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