Get Off Of My Cloud - The Rolling Stones

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"Get Off Of My Cloud" - The Rolling Stones (1965)

“Get Off Of My Cloud” was written as a reaction to The Rolling Stones’ sudden popularity after the success of “Satisfaction” and is their aversion to people’s expectations of them.

Recorded in early September 1965, while it is reminiscent of “Satisfaction “it isn’t at all similar.
Keith Richards recollects:

“The track was basically a response to people knocking on our door asking us for the follow up to ‘Satisfaction,’ which was such an enormous hit worldwide. This, to us, was mind-blowing. I mean not only was it a #1 record but, boom! We thought, ‘At last. We can sit back and maybe think about events.’ Suddenly there’s the knock at the door- and we were told within 3 weeks another single would be expected. We weren’t quite ready for that. I’m surprised that it did so well. I mean it has a certain charm but I really remember it as a knee-jerk reaction.“

Richards had a different view of what direction the song should go:

“Actually, what I wanted was to do it slow like a Lee Dorsey thing. We rocked it up. I thought it was one of Andrew Long Oldham‘s worst productions.”

“Get Off Of My Cloud” has a compelling basic blues-rock riff, crunchy mid-tempo percussion, complete with a leering Mick Jagger vocal and an ultra-catchy chorus.

Noted for its drum intro by Charlie Watts and twin guitars by Brian Jones and Keith Richards, the song is written in the key of E major and is a variation on the Louie Louie riff’ E A B A. In the mono mix of the track, Brian Jones’ guitar can barely be heard as it is buried under the sound of the other instruments. The piano part on the song was played to shadow the guitar.

Keith Richards added:

“That was just one of those things you could do in those days - shadow a guitar with a piano. As long as you didn’t make it obvious, it would add some different air to a track.”

Despite his ambivalence, the Stones achieved a rare feat among pop groups with the song: a follow-up to a smash hit that was almost as almost equally as good yet still memorable on its own terms. The track is also important as it was the start of the band breaking away from their blues-influenced roots to a more funk-influenced sound.

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