Don’t tell Twitter about their rude tribute to Kristina Keneally

TO be honest, I’d often wondered how Stones bassist Darryl Jones and long-term back-up singers Lisa Fischer and Bernard Fowler felt about performing a song referencing the whipping and raping of slave girls. But they’re not children and don’t need millennial whites – let alone Guardian geeks who just learned about the “Brown Sugar song” – to save them. There is a tradition of naughtiness in rock n’ roll (starting with the name) and most of it crossed over from the black blues that Jagger, Richards and Brian Jones immersed themselves in at the start. Also, there is a difference between surrender and prudence. Jagger permanently dropped this notorious part of the 1978 song, ‘Some Girls’ (taken from the eponymous album) years ago. If the band tours Australia, they should dust off lesser known classics. Open in Sydney with, say, Parachute Woman.

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4 Responses to Don’t tell Twitter about their rude tribute to Kristina Keneally

  1. Lee says:

    The Guardian?
    Pffftt!

  2. cuckoo says:

    Was listening to Dire Straits’ Money for nothing on the Marconi device a few days ago and realized they’ve cut out the ‘little f@66ot’ verse.

  3. jupes says:

    The ‘Stones don’t have a racist bone in their body. They pretty much hero-worship the old blues players. Jagger has a black child, Karis, from his relationship with Marsha Hunt. As noted above, they have black singers and musicians in the band, including their new drummer. No one cared about the lyrics of Brown Sugar for 50 years, now it’s forbidden. I’m with Keith:

    “I’m trying to figure out with the sisters quite where the beef is,” he said. “Didn’t they understand this was a song about the horrors of slavery? But they’re trying to bury it.”

    This is just sad.

  4. cuckoo says:
    15 October, 2021 at 4:30 pm

    Was listening to Dire Straits’ Money for nothing on the Marconi device a few days ago and realized they’ve cut out the ‘little f@66ot’ verse.

    I think that it was the case from close to the start for some markets. Mark Knopfler always maintained the lines were direct quotes from the workers in the store, while there are often various edits of songs (album, single, 12″, etcetera). Memorable highlights for me in recent times have been MfN with the fäggöts, Lola with Coca-Cola before the edit to satisfy the BBC’s No Promotions rule and Paul Kelly’s To Her Door with the F-bomb per the album cut. These were across Magic1278 and the brief music station that burst into existence as Steve Price’s Melbourne Talk Radio died.

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