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Encyclopedia > Tattoo You
Tattoo You
Tattoo You cover
Studio album by The Rolling Stones
Released 24 August 1981
Recorded November 1972 -
June 1981
Genre Rock
Length 44:23
Label Rolling Stones/Virgin
Producer(s) The Glimmer Twins
Professional reviews
The Rolling Stones chronology
Sucking in the Seventies
(1981)
Tattoo You
(1981)
"Still Life" (American Concert 1981)
(1982)

Tattoo You is an album by The Rolling Stones, released in 1981. The follow-up to Emotional Rescue, it proved to be a big critical and commercial success upon its release and is still celebrated as one of The Rolling Stones' finest full-length releases, despite its prolonged recording history. Image File history File links TattooYou81. ... A Studio Album is an album of regular studio recordings. ... Rolling Stones redirects here. ... August 24 is the 236th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (237th in leap years), with 129 days remaining. ... 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A music genre is a category (or genre) of pieces of music that share a certain style or basic musical language (van der Merwe 1989, p. ... Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Rolling Stones Records is the record label formed by The Rolling Stones in 1970, after their recording contract with Decca Records expired. ... Virgin Records is a British recording label founded by British entrepreneur Richard Branson, and Nik Powell in 1972. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the performers, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes . ... Glimmer Twins first appears in 1974. ... The All Music Guide (AMG) is a metadata database about music, owned by All Media Guide. ... Image File history File links 4. ... Rolling Stone is an American magazine devoted to music, politics and popular culture. ... Image File history File links 5_stars. ... Robert Christgau (sometimes abbreviated in print to Xgau), born April 18, 1942, is an American essayist, music journalist, and rock critic. ... Rolling Stones redirects here. ... Sucking in the Seventies is the fourth official compilation album by The Rolling Stones and was released in 1981. ... Still Life (American Concert 1981) is a live album by The Rolling Stones and was released in 1982. ... Rolling Stones redirects here. ... Emotional Rescue is an album by The Rolling Stones and was released in 1980. ...


Tattoo You is primarily composed of outtakes, some dating back a decade, with new vocals and overdubs. Along with two new songs, the Rolling Stones put together this collection in order to have a new album to promote for their worldwide Tattoo You Tour beginning that September:

  • "Tops" and "Waiting on a Friend" were cut in late 1972 during the Goats Head Soup sessions (thus featuring Mick Taylor, not Ron Wood, on guitar; Taylor later demanded and received a share of the album's royalties).
  • "Slave" and "Worried About You" were recorded in 1975 during the Black and Blue sessions in Rotterdam. They feature Billy Preston on keyboards and Ollie Brown on percussion. Wayne Perkins plays the lead guitar on "Worried About You".
  • "Start Me Up" was originally written as a reggae number called "Never Stop" during the 1975 Black & Blue sessions. "Start Me Up" was left unreleased at the time because Keith Richards had expressed concern that he might have inadvertently taken its main riff from another song he had heard (something that was later to happen with "Anybody Seen My Baby" on Bridges to Babylon).
  • "Hang Fire", "Little T&A", "Black Limousine", and "No Use In Crying" all came from the Emotional Rescue sessions in 1979.
  • "Neighbours" and "Heaven" were the only new recordings (from April to June 1981), although the band began a version of "Neighbours" during work on Emotional Rescue.
  • "Heaven" has an unusual lineup, consisting of only Charlie Watts on drums, Bill Wyman on synthesizer and bass, Mick Jagger on guitar, and producer Chris Kimsey on piano. Some sources also claim that Wyman plays regular guitar on the track.

Some of the older tracks were overdubbed and mixed during the 1979 Emotional Rescue sessions or in 1981 as Tattoo You was being compiled. Waiting On A Friend is a song by rock and roll band the Rolling Stones off of their 1981 release Tattoo You. ... Goats Head Soup is an album by The Rolling Stones and was released in 1973. ... Michael Mick Kevin Taylor (born 17 January 1949 in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire) is an English musician best known as the former lead guitarist for The Rolling Stones. ... Image:Ron wood virgin. ... Black And Blue is an album by The Rolling Stones and was released in 1976. ... William Everett Preston (September 2, 1946 – June 6, 2006) was an American soul musician from Houston, Texas, raised mostly in Los Angeles, California. ... Ollie Lee Downtown Brown (born February 11, 1944 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama) was a Major League Baseball Outfielder from 1965 to 1977. ... Start Me Up is a song by The Rolling Stones which was featured on the 1981 album Tattoo You. ... Black & Blue is the follow-up album to the Backstreet Boys 1999 studio release Millennium. ... Keith Richards (born 18 December 1943 in Dartford, Kent) is an English guitarist, songwriter, and singer. ... Bridges to Babylon is an album by The Rolling Stones and was released in 1997. ... Charlie Watts Charles Robert Charlie Watts (born 2 June 1941) is the drummer of The Rolling Stones. ... Bill Wyman (born William George Perks on 24 October 1936) was the bassist for the English rock and roll band The Rolling Stones from its founding in 1962 until 1991. ... This article or section needs additional references or sources to improve its verifiability. ... Chris Kimsey is a record producer and musician most famous for having co-produced The Rolling Stones Undercover and Steel Wheels albums. ...


Despite the eclectic nature of the album, the Rolling Stones were able to divide Tattoo You into two distinct halves: a rock and roll side backed with one focusing on ballads. Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... A ballad is a story in a song, usually a narrative song or poem. ...


"Start Me Up" was released in August 1981, just a week before Tattoo You, to a very strong response. Widely considered one of their most infectious songs, it was enough to carry Tattoo You to #1 for nine weeks in the US, while reaching #2 in the UK with solid sales. It has been certified four times platinum in the US alone. The critical reaction was positive, many feeling that Tattoo You was an improvement over Emotional Rescue and a high quality release. "Waiting On A Friend" and "Hang Fire" became popular Top 20 US hits as well.


Although they would continue to remain popular well into the 2000s, as an indication of the band's longevity in the music industry (being on the eve of their 20th anniversary), "Start Me Up" would prove to be The Rolling Stones' last single to reach as high as #2 in the US, while Tattoo You remains to date their last American #1 album.


The album title was originally planned to be simply "Tattoo". Jagger claims to this day that even he has no clue how the "You" became attached to the title. The title caused friction between Jagger and Richards, who suspected Jagger had changed the title without seeking his input.


There were several videos directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg for this album including: Michael Lindsay-Hogg (born May 5, 1940 in New York City to actress Geraldine Fitzgerald) is an American television and stage director and an occasional writer and actor. ...

  • "Start Me Up" Consisting of a standard band performance setting
  • "Neighbours" An homage to Hitchcock's Rear Window. the band playing in one apartment of an apartment house with various happenings in the windows: A working class couple relaxing and making love, a tai chi practitoner excersizing, and most notoriously, a man putting bloody body parts in a suitcase. This video was heavily censored when presented on televison.
  • "Waiting on a Friend" Filmed on location in New York's East Village, it consists of Jagger walking down the street, meeting Keith, who is sitting on the steps of a row house (the same house used on the cover of Led Zeppelin's Physical Graffiti), then walking down the street with Keith,and then entering a bar where the rest of the band is waiting.

In 2003, the album was ranked number 211 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. Hitchcock can refer to: People Alfred Hitchcock, the film director. ... Rear Window (1954) is a motion picture directed by Alfred Hitchcock, based on Cornell Woolrichs short story It Had to Be Murder (1942). ... Tai Chi Chuan or Taijiquan (from Chinese 太极拳 Tàijíquán, literally supreme ultimate fist), commonly known as Tai Chi or Taiji, is a nei chia (internal) Chinese martial art which is known for the claims of health and longevity benefits made by its... Official language(s) English de facto Capital Albany Largest city New York City Area  Ranked 27th  - Total 54,520 sq mi (141,205 km²)  - Width 285 miles (455 km)  - Length 330 miles (530 km)  - % water 13. ... East Village Also known as Newmyers Seven Nuts, named for its inventor Chris Newmyer, East Village is a community card poker game. ... For the bands 1969 self-titled debut album, see Led Zeppelin (album) Led Zeppelin were an English rock band, and are one of the most successful such groups in popular music history. ... Physical Graffiti is a double album by British rock and roll band Led Zeppelin. ... Rolling Stone is an American magazine devoted to music, politics and popular culture. ... The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time was the cover story of a special issue of Rolling Stone magazine published in November 2003. ...


In 1994, Tattoo You was remastered and reissued by Virgin Records. Virgin Records is a British recording label founded by British entrepreneur Richard Branson, and Nik Powell in 1972. ...


Track listing

All songs by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, except where noted. This article or section needs additional references or sources to improve its verifiability. ... Keith Richards (born 18 December 1943 in Dartford, Kent) is an English guitarist, songwriter, and singer. ...

  1. "Start Me Up" – 3:32
  2. "Hang Fire" – 2:21
  3. "Slave" – 6:33
  4. "Little T&A" – 3:23
  5. "Black Limousine" (Mick Jagger/Keith Richards/Ron Wood) – 3:31
  6. "Neighbours" – 3:31
  7. "Worried About You" – 5:17
    • Features Wayne Perkins on lead guitar
  8. "Tops" – 3:45
  9. "Heaven" – 4:22
  10. "No Use In Crying" (Mick Jagger/Keith Richards/Ron Wood) – 3:25
  11. "Waiting On A Friend" – 4:34

Start Me Up is a song by The Rolling Stones which was featured on the 1981 album Tattoo You. ... This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... An early Rollins picture graces the cover of Volume One Theodore Walter Sonny Rollins (born September 7, 1930 in New York City) is an American jazz tenor saxophonist. ... Saxophones of different sizes play in different registers. ... Image:Ron wood virgin. ... This article or section needs additional references or sources to improve its verifiability. ... Wikibooks has a book on the topic of Harmonica A harmonica is a free reed musical wind instrument (also known, among other things, as a mouth organ or mouth harp, Hobo Harp, French harp, tin sandwich, lickin stick, blues harp, simply harp, or Mississippi saxophone), having multiple, variably-tuned brass... An early Rollins picture graces the cover of Volume One Theodore Walter Sonny Rollins (born September 7, 1930 in New York City) is an American jazz tenor saxophonist. ... Saxophones of different sizes play in different registers. ... Michael Mick Kevin Taylor (born 17 January 1949 in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire) is an English musician best known as the former lead guitarist for The Rolling Stones. ... This article or section needs additional references or sources to improve its verifiability. ... Bill Wyman (born William George Perks on 24 October 1936) was the bassist for the English rock and roll band The Rolling Stones from its founding in 1962 until 1991. ... A synthesizer (or synthesiser) is an electronic musical instrument designed to produce electronically generated sound, using techniques such as additive, subtractive, FM, physical modelling synthesis, or phase distortion. ... Chris Kimsey is a record producer and musician most famous for having co-produced The Rolling Stones Undercover and Steel Wheels albums. ... A grand piano, with the lid up. ... Waiting On A Friend is a song by rock and roll band the Rolling Stones off of their 1981 release Tattoo You. ... Michael Mick Kevin Taylor (born 17 January 1949 in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire) is an English musician best known as the former lead guitarist for The Rolling Stones. ... An early Rollins picture graces the cover of Volume One Theodore Walter Sonny Rollins (born September 7, 1930 in New York City) is an American jazz tenor saxophonist. ... Saxophones of different sizes play in different registers. ... For other uses see Some Girls (disambiguation). ... Emotional Rescue is an album by The Rolling Stones and was released in 1980. ... Black And Blue is an album by The Rolling Stones and was released in 1976. ... Goats Head Soup is an album by The Rolling Stones and was released in 1973. ...

Charts

Album

Year Chart Position
1981

1982

UK Top 100 Albums

UK Top 100 Albums

2

42

1981

1982

Billboard Pop Albums

Billboard Pop Albums

1

5

Singles

Year Single Chart Position
1981 "Start Me Up" The Billboard Hot 100 2
1981 "Start Me Up" Mainstream Rock Tracks 1
1981 "Start Me Up" UK Top 75 Singles 7
1981 "Start Me Up" Club Play Singles 14
1981 "Little T&A" Mainstream Rock Tracks 5
1981 "Hang Fire" Mainstream Rock Tracks 2
1981 "Waiting On A Friend" Mainstream Rock Tracks 8
1981 "Waiting On A Friend" UK Top 75 Singles 50
1982 "Waiting On A Friend" The Billboard Hot 100 13
1982 "Hang Fire" The Billboard Hot 100 20
The Rolling Stones
Mick Jagger | Keith Richards | Charlie Watts | Ron Wood
Former members
Brian Jones | Bill Wyman | Mick Taylor | Ian Stewart | Dick Taylor
See also
Chuck Leavell | Darryl Jones | Andrew Loog Oldham | Allen Klein
Related articles
Discography | The Glimmer Twins | Nanker Phelge | Rolling Stones Records | Rock and Roll Circus
Categories
The Rolling Stones | Members | Albums | Singles | Songs | Tours
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