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The Rolling Stones — Street Fighting Man
Album: Beggar's Banquet
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Released: 1969
Length: 3:07
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Everywhere I hear the sound of marching, charging feet, oh boy
Cause summer's here, and the time is right for fighting in the street, oh boy
But what can a poor boy do
Except to sing for a rock n' roll band
'Cause in sleepy London town
There's just no place for a street fighting man
No

Hey! Think the time is right for a palace revolution
But where I live the game to play is compromise solution
Well, then what can a poor boy do
Except to sing for a rock n' roll band
'Cause in sleepy London town
There's no place for a street fighting man
No

Hey! Said my name is called disturbance
I'll shout and scream, I'll kill the king, I'll rail at all his servants
Well, what can a poor boy do
Except to sing for a rock n' roll band
'Cause in sleepy London town
There's no place for a street fighting man
No
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So this just came on after Blitzkrieg Pop, and the difference in sound is astounding. Amazing how a song released in 1969 can sound so much better than one released in 1976. Production matters, kids!
 kingart wrote:
1969 going on 2020.  You know, in olden days, most people did not live to be 51. So WTF is it about us that a song hotly relevant in the age of Vietnam has not lost one shred of anything?  
 
I'm not sure what this comment means, but I like it and I agree.
stop work, turn it up. What a wonderful time it was!
1969 going on 2020.  You know, in olden days, most people did not live to be 51. So WTF is it about us that a song hotly relevant in the age of Vietnam has not lost one shred of anything?  
Just so "Outstanding"......classic Stones ...I give it a 9...
Whoaaa... does nobody at RP read the comments? 
Call me conservative... I just prefer listening to one piece of music at a time. This mix of "Experience" and "Streetfighting Man" runs on a regular base; seems the playlist is "broken".
 lizardking wrote:

I think it's "Experience" and THANKFULLY that's over....
 
Ooooh. I thought I was having a flashback. Oh, wait.... I am.
 handyrae wrote:

I hear it too - for a second I thought I was going crazy.

 
I think it's "Experience" and THANKFULLY that's over....
 Clarentine wrote:
...I don't know what that music is that is warring with the Stones, here, but I like it better.  
 
I hear it too - for a second I thought I was going crazy.

...I don't know what that music is that is warring with the Stones, here, but I like it better.  
what a time that was..
 moodfood wrote:


  because they are the greatest Rock & Roll band in history.. 
 
Good answer
 cely wrote:
Why were the Stones so much better at making rock sound effortless than anyone else?
 

  because they are the greatest Rock & Roll band in history.. 
One of 3 songs I can think of that borrow lines from "Dancing in the Street." Can you name the others?
Why were the Stones so much better at making rock sound effortless than anyone else?
To me, the shehnai played by Dave Mason is what elevates this song from good to great.  And of course any song with a sitar is excellent in my book.
 treatment_bound wrote:

I'm glad you remember that, because I doubt he does.

 
I'm guessing that what he can still remember exceeds your experience.
 kcar wrote:


I remember being surprised when I saw the toilet cover for the first time, many years after the album came out. The American version is just too safe. I'd love to know what the Beatles were thinking when they released "Yesterday and Today" with the butchered dolls cover...

Greatgreat song, one of the Stones' best. Tight-pants strutting.. 

 
probably because the album was a collection of all of the songs deleted or butchered from the US releases of the GB versions of earlier albums.  One of my earliest basis for resentment of how the US was being treated by the music industry as a whole.  Then came the crappy pressings full of regrind.
As good as rock n roll gets.
Terrific song from a terrific album.  Really at their peak in this period and for some time after.
 capandjudy wrote:

It seems that Keith Richards is responsible for some of the Rolling Stones more memorable bass parts.  

 
I'm glad you remember that, because I doubt he does.
 Skydog wrote:
Wyman wasn't on this track,
.
 Mick Jagger – vocalspercussion
Keith Richards – amplified acoustic guitarsbass guitar
Brian Jones – sitartamboura
Charlie Watts – drums
Dave Mason – shehnai, bass drum
Nicky Hopkins – piano

 
It seems that Keith Richards is responsible for some of the Rolling Stones more memorable bass parts.  
Wyman wasn't on this track,
.
 Mick Jagger – vocalspercussion
Keith Richards – amplified acoustic guitarsbass guitar
Brian Jones – sitartamboura
Charlie Watts – drums
Dave Mason – shehnai, bass drum
Nicky Hopkins – piano
Can't hear Rolling Stones songs from this period without thinking of Altamont. Maybe because I'm reading Joel Selvin's book on the concert.
 DaidyBoy wrote:
Did Ringo's "Photograph" owe this song anything?

 
Skydog wrote:

I don't hear it, what is it that makes you ask?


 DaidyBoy wrote:

Don't know really, I suppose the acoustic strumming guitar called it to mind.  Nothing in the vocal delivery, just some chord structures, particularly around the bridge.

Proclivities wrote:

I never noticed that this song has no electric guitars on it - only acoustics - until I saw the documentary "Under The Influence".  Keith Richards discusses the production of this tune, using a track of acoustic guitar which was recorded loudly on a portable cassette recorder then played back into the reel-to-reel.

okay, I had to go listen to Ringo's "Photograph", the guitars are similar with the same vibe and sound, not cords but overall tone of the guitars and I don't think I'm hearing any electric guitars.
I looked it up and there are only acoustic, G Harrison-acoustic 12string, Vini Poncia- acoustic guitar.
So Mr D B, you were on to something
 
 DaidyBoy wrote:

Don't know really, I suppose the acoustic strumming guitar called it to mind.  Nothing in the vocal delivery, just some chord structures, particularly around the bridge.

 
I never noticed that this song has no electric guitars on it - only acoustics - until I saw the documentary "Under The Influence".  Keith Richards discusses the production of this tune, using a track of acoustic guitar which was recorded loudly on a portable cassette recorder then played back into the reel-to-reel.
{#Bananajam}love some Stones on a Friday afternon
 Skydog wrote:

I don't hear it, what is it that makes you ask?

 
Don't know really, I suppose the acoustic strumming guitar called it to mind.  Nothing in the vocal delivery, just some chord structures, particularly around the bridge.
The golden age of RS - and then after - not so much{#Dancingbanana_2}{#Bananajam}{#Bananapiano}{#Drummer}{#Bananajam}
I suspect Britain could use a street fighting man right about now.
 DaidyBoy wrote:
Did Ringo's "Photograph" owe this song anything?

 
I don't hear it, what is it that makes you ask?
Just HAD to crank this one (up)
Guide for the perfect rock song: 50% drum, 30% vocal, 20% riff 
A1 ROCK   (no need to mention them other guys  : )
Did Ringo's "Photograph" owe this song anything?
One of the all time "no one can do better than this" tracks. This is among the reference definitions of the word 'iconic'. 
My first 7" vinyl purchase in paper sleeve during a trip to London. Still rocks. Still feel young!
I very much appreciate that this very hard  rocking and wonderful song....is largely acoustic.
{#Bananajam}  
{#Dancingbanana_2} 
 {#Bananajam}  
{#Dancingbanana_2} 

.... it's what GODLIKE was made for
 
{#Dancingbanana_2}Classic Stones!
Is this the Foo Fighters or Nickel back or Silverchair?
 Cynaera wrote:
Never before has this Stones song held more meaning and relevance.  I love it.
 

miss you so much, Cynaera...

everybody in my mushrooming multitude of churches be dancing buck ass naked all over the world like bowlegged gypsy muleskinners...  love this song...  love sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll...
The Rolling Stones - A blight on society.
3 weeks 2 days and counting.  Roll on BST.  Stones with Jake Bugg as warm up. The excitement factor is high.
 treatment_bound wrote:
Apparently, the suits at London Records (the Stones' U.S. label) determined the album sleeve pictured at the top of this page was too "harsh" for us Yanks back in '68, so they substituted this piece of safe tripe instead:



It looks like a crappy wedding invitation!  I wonder if Mick & Keith are registered at Crate & Barrel?

 

I remember being surprised when I saw the toilet cover for the first time, many years after the album came out. The American version is just too safe. I'd love to know what the Beatles were thinking when they released "Yesterday and Today" with the butchered dolls cover...

Greatgreat song, one of the Stones' best. Tight-pants strutting.. 
 ick wrote:
The Stones when they were punk!
 
Well that was when they had a future they didn't want to dream about, when now, they dream with no future
Time is ghastly with punk
 martinc wrote:
1969 was a fine year for new music and this was just one of them.
 
I thought this album was released in 1968.  Whatever, great album, great tune.
Just Raw music. Energy - Cutting

Wonderful 
Boy, do I miss Brian Jones!!! The stories about Brian are the highlight of Keith's book!!!
Their best song
The Stones when they were punk!
Great song. So has anyone read Keith's autobiography? I did. Just wondering what other folks thought of the book.
Yes !!!!!
One of the best Stones song, IMHO.

Never before has this Stones song held more meaning and relevance.  I love it.
1969 was a fine year for new music and this was just one of them.
 danimal3114u wrote:
Keith nails this song, as does the entire band, but the guitar is what makes this track for me. right from the intro, you know this track is classic.
 
Nay! What of the (BANGBANGBANGBANG) drums? {#Drummer}
Nice!
 Stingray wrote:
Never been on my Best-Stones-Songs list...
 
Always been on my Best-Stones-Songs list -10

 treatment_bound wrote:
Apparently, the suits at London Records (the Stones' U.S. label) determined the album sleeve pictured at the top of this page was too "harsh" for us Yanks back in '68, so they substituted this piece of safe tripe instead:



It looks like a crappy wedding invitation!  I wonder if Mick & Keith are registered at Crate & Barrel?

 

The US 'replacement' cover was designed to look like an invitation - to a banquet.
 stevebeaver wrote:
Not a Stones fan (they have been coasting IMHO since 1972) but this rocks.
 
The Stones have yet to coast in their now epic 49 year career. 

Look for a CD of all new material AND a two year long 50th anniversary tour in 2011-12.

EDIT:  We got the tour and a pair of new songs back then.  Then we got the blues album in 2016.  Still waiting on the album of new material but rumor has it they are working on it.  New European tour last year and North America coming up this year.  Current epic career year:  57.
Never been on my Best-Stones-Songs list...
 stevebeaver wrote:
Not a Stones fan (they have been coasting IMHO since 1972) but this rocks.
 

I kind of agree - re the 'coasting' comment - but I will always consider myself a fan for the incredible body of work up until that point. And this never gets old for me (re another comment below).
I actually kind of enjoyed this song the first 11,345 times I heard it.
But lately, oh, say the last 14,328 times I've heard it, I feel it's getting old.

Not a Stones fan (they have been coasting IMHO since 1972) but this rocks.
 Cynaera wrote:
The beginning chords of this song invariably make me crank up the stereo, roll down the windows, and drive too damned fast.  I love the Stones.{#Dancingbanana_2}
 

{#Bananajam}
The beginning chords of this song invariably make me crank up the stereo, roll down the windows, and drive too damned fast.  I love the Stones.{#Dancingbanana_2}
Easily one of my very favorite Stones songs.

When I was a young teen in the 70's everyone was defined by the Brit Wave band with which they most identified; some were Kinks followers, others the Who, many the Beatles, but for me it was the Stones. . .




love it...


 danimal3114u wrote:
Keith nails this song, as does the entire band, but the guitar is what makes this track for me. right from the intro, you know this track is classic.
 
Yes, the whole band kicks it, from Jagger's rage in the vocals to Charlie Watts frenetic drumming, everyone's in top form.



This song is good for the ears...


From memory, the streets of Paris were in flames, and those of London weren't too far behind when this monsterous track was released.............
Apparently, the suits at London Records (the Stones' U.S. label) determined the album sleeve pictured at the top of this page was too "harsh" for us Yanks back in '68, so they substituted this piece of safe tripe instead:



It looks like a crappy wedding invitation!  I wonder if Mick & Keith are registered at Crate & Barrel?


Just what can a poor boy do, except to sing for a rock n' roll band?  This is the shit that made the Stones the STONES!!! I love the Beatles, and will always prefer them, BUT, when you are young and frustrated, and angry at everything, the stones speak to your core.
This is the music the grunge bands were groping for!{#Notworthy}

It's all about the bass on this one. 10
I think this is a good representation of the genius studio work of the Stones from  this era.
 toterola wrote:


I was just thinking the same thing! Viva la revolucion!{#War}
 
sign me up,
can't get enough stones 
guess that kinda dates me, oh well
 a_genuine_find wrote:
Hey! think the time is right for a palace revolution
But where I live the game to play is compromise solution
Well, then what can a poor boy do
Except to sing for a rock n roll band
cause in sleepy london town
Theres no place for a street fighting man
No
 

I was just thinking the same thing! Viva la revolucion!{#War}
Hey! think the time is right for a palace revolution But where I live the game to play is compromise solution Well, then what can a poor boy do Except to sing for a rock n roll band cause in sleepy london town Theres no place for a street fighting man No
:bounce: :bounce: The three year old likes this one too. Anything with a beat, I guess.
The right channel of this jingles to hell on the upper registers on the 126 AAC channel (playing on Winamp) at first I thought it was my cheap speakers but it does it on the phones as well.
Impressively bad sound quality here. Not kicking the song (its an 8) but the rotten audio needs to be taken out and shot.
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Appreciate your enthusiasm, really, I do. But next time, next time can you hit the return button a couple of times so my screen isn't soo friggin wide. Thanks.
:bananajam: :bananajam: :bananajam: :bananajam: :bananajam: :bananapiano: :bananapiano: :bananapiano: :bananapiano: :bananapiano: :bananapiano: :bananapiano: :bananapiano: :bananapiano: :bananapiano: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :whistle: :whistle: :whistle: :whistle: :whistle: :whistle: :dancingbanana: :dancingbanana: :dancingbanana: :dancingbanana: :dancingbanana: :dancingbanana_2: :dancingbanana_2: :dancingbanana_2:
:dancingbanana_2: :dancingbanana_2: :dancingbanana_2:
What can a po' boy do? 'Cep to sing for a rock-roll band?
Keith nails this song, as does the entire band, but the guitar is what makes this track for me. right from the intro, you know this track is classic.
This is really the only Rolling Stones song that I have heard that I think sounds really good! The musicical sound is very good in this song and I listen for the music not lyrics even if the lyrics are good!
fureanbode wrote:
Was reminded of how good a song this is yesterday, when I saw the video of the feted new Oasis single, which rips this off so completely that it borders on the shameless.
Agreed. Still, that Oasis song rocks. This one just rocks more. And I like Oasis more than the Stones. Deal with it.
Was reminded of how good a song this is yesterday, when I saw the video of the feted new Oasis single, which rips this off so completely that it borders on the shameless.
There's a rage against the machine cover of this song that rocks. It's probably not for everybody though.
The best RS album in my book...Nobody was ever able to duplicate that sound and nobody ever will
One of my favorite Stones songs -- and I never hear it on Conglomerate Radio here in DC. So, keep it up! I don\'t think the Clear Channel playlist should have any influence on RP. If it\'s good or provocative or groovy, Bill will play it. It only means the good stuff makes it on the radio sometimes.
Originally Posted by Whack-a-Mole: This is off my favorite Stones album. Just because Clear Channel may play this does not mean it should not get played on RP (just not over played).
Hear, hear. Between the Buttons is my favorite Stones album, and nobody plays anything off it anymore. Wah.
:notworthy: :notworthy: :notworthy: Oh yes! Their Satanic Majesties!
This is off my favorite Stones album. Just because Clear Channel may play this does not mean it should not get played on RP (just not over played). I actually listen to commercial radio maybe 1% of my musical day. Most days like today I was in a RP and Groove Salad zone. My car has no radio and I do computer hacking from home. So bottom line is I could care less what Clear Channel plays 'cause I do not listen to them anymore. RP is my oyster :bounce:
Originally Posted by Notelrac: I mean, like, it's decent -- ok? But I don't see how it fits into the set, and I can hear it most any day of the week on the Clearchannel playlists...
Hey - even a stopped clock gets it right twice a day! ;)
Originally Posted by Notelrac: I mean, like, it's decent -- ok? But I don't see how it fits into the set, and I can hear it most any day of the week on the Clearchannel playlists...
Break your radio.
I mean, like, it\'s decent -- ok? But I don\'t see how it fits into the set, and I can hear it most any day of the week on the Clearchannel playlists...