Thursday, April 25, 2024

The Rolling Stones Have Quietly Retired “Brown Sugar” from their Touring Set Rather than Face Criticism

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“Brown Sugar” was a massive number 1 hit for the Rolling Stones when it was released in 1971. The lead track from “Sticky Fingers,” it became so popular live on tour that it was usually left for an encore. For 50 years.

And now, “Brown Sugar” has been dissolved. No more live performances. Since the Stones resumed their No Filter tour on September 26th, “Brown Sugar” is gone.

Even though it was not written to be racist, the new politically correct thinking has put the song in a permanent dog house. The Stones could keep playing it and saying nothing, but the clock was ticking on how much longer they could get away with it.

The opening line of the song is: “Gold coast slave ship bound for cotton fields.”

Keith Richards responded to the Los Angeles Times recently when asked about it.

“You picked up on that, huh?” Richards answered. “I don’t know. I’m trying to figure out with the sisters quite where the beef is. Didn’t they understand this was a song about the horrors of slavery? But they’re trying to bury it.

“At the moment I don’t want to get into conflicts with all of this shit. But I’m hoping that we’ll be able to resurrect the babe in her glory somewhere along the track.”

Mick Jagger said: “We’ve played ‘Brown Sugar’ every night since 1970, so sometimes you think, ‘We’ll take that one out for now and see how it goes.’”

It’s too bad. The opening notes to that song send a signal to the brain of any Stones fan, on a par with “Satisfaction” and “Start Me Up.” Maybe they can update the lyrics…

Lyrics:

Gold coast slave ship bound for cotton fields
Sold in a market down in New Orleans
Scarred old slaver knows he’s doing alright
Hear him whip the women just around midnight
Brown sugar
How come you taste so good?
Brown sugar
Just like a young girl should
Drums beating, cold English blood runs hot
Lady of the house wonderin’ where it’s gonna stop
House boy knows that he’s doing alright
You shoulda heard him just around midnight
Brown sugar
How come you taste so good, now?
Brown sugar
Just like a young girl should
Ah, get along, brown sugar
How come you taste so good
Ah, got me feelin’ now, brown sugar
Just like a black girl should
I bet your mama was a tent show queen
And all her boyfriends were sweet sixteen
I’m no schoolboy but I know what I like
You shoulda heard me just around midnight
Brown sugar
How come you taste so good
Ah, brown sugar
Just like a young girl should
Brown sugar
Get down, get down
How come you taste so good
Ah, brown sugar
Get down, get down
Just like a young girl should
Ah, brown sugar
Get down, get down
How come you taste so good
Ah, brown sugar
Get down, get down
Moving around, moving around
Ah, brown sugar
Get down, get down
How come you taste so good
Ah, brown sugar
Get down, get down

 

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedmanhttps://www.showbiz411.com
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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