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Hear the Rolling Stones’ Bouncy Alok Remix of ‘Living in a Ghost Town’

Brazilian DJ puts buoyant spin on band’s first new song in eight years

The Rolling Stones teamed up with Brazilian DJ Alok for a bouncy remix of their surprise new song, “Living in a Ghost Town,” their first original track in eight years.

Although the bluesy song was released in response to the coronavirus quarantine, Alok applied a buoyant dance-music sheen and propulsive beat to “Living in a Ghost Town,” while still preserving the track’s more spectral elements, like the disembodied oh-oh-oh-oh’s and Mick Jagger’s Morricone-like harmonica.

Alok also hinted at a colorful new video for the collaboration via Twitter:

“It wasn’t written for now, but it was just one of those odd things,” Jagger previously said of “Living in a Ghost Town,” which he and Keith Richards penned more than a year ago. “It was written about being in a place which was full of life but is now bereft of life, so to speak. … I was just jamming on the guitar, and wrote it really quickly in, like, 10 minutes.”

The socially distanced band, via video, performed “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” as part of Global Citizen’s Together at Home livestream.

The Rolling Stones also recently launched their Extra Licks livestream series, focusing on the bonus performances from the band’s many concert films. This Sunday’s installment will present rare performances from the Stones’ 2015 Sticky Fingers gig at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles.

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