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100 Greatest Rolling Stones Songs

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"Play With Fire" (1965)


"Play With Fire" (1965)
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Cut on a late January night as a janitor swept up at L.A.'s RCA Studios, "Play With Fire" wasn't really a Rolling Stones record: While Jagger sang and added echo-chamber tambourine and Richards played a haunting minor-key progression, Phil Spector played bass and Jack Nitzsche played the ballad's signature harpsichord. Released as the B side of "The Last Time," the song is a takedown of a spoiled aristocratic woman, which fit the band's anti-establishment image. "The music was fueled by my emotions," Jones said. "The lyrics were done by Mick for me."


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