Don’t Forget the Songs-365: Mach Tres: Day 156
Thurs. July 4, 2013
“Let’s Spend the Night Together”
The Rolling Stones
1967 a very life challenging year for The Rolling Stones; following their much publicized drug trial and short lived incarceration, just out of jail, The Glimmer Twins attempted to join the love in sounds permeating through the Swinging London scene of the late sixties. The only thing that remained from the summer of love was the Stones desire for more lust inspired songs. Thankfully, “Let’s Spend The Night Together” was the sound of The Stones losing their inhibitions. Gone were the trivial psychedelic subtleties of His Satanic Majesties Request; “Let’s Spend The Night Together” shows that The Stones interest in peace was short lived.…leave your dandelion and hippie thoughts at the doors, this 1967 hit song reflects Mick and Keith’s need for your carnal lovin’.
Because of its frank and sexual tone, According to Peter Fornatale’s book 50 Licks: Myths and Stories from Half a Century of the Rolling Stones, ““Let’s Spend the Night Together” was summarily banned on most of American radio stations.” As a result, the flip side Keith Richards and Brian Jones lament to Linda Keith, “Ruby Tuesday” became American DJ’s choice to play. Still The Stones had made their point, The Glimmer Twins had riffed their noses at the outdated establishment that attempted to jail them because of their Rolling Stones rock and roll lifestyle.
Without apology Mick Jagger, in Bill Janovitz must read book Rocks Off: 50 Tracks That Tell the Story of the Rolling Stones, was quoted in 1967, “I always say, ‘Let’s spend the night together’ to any young lady I’m taking out. If people have warped, twisted, dirty minds, I suppose it could have sexual overtones. Actually the song isn’t very rude. When you hear it you’ll realize this. There are a few slightly rude bits, but I’ve covered them up.”
The reason Jagger has no creative remorse for penning “Let’s Spend The Night Together” was because, apparently, this lusty number was inspired by his flame and paramour Marianne Faithfull. In her biography, Faithfull, Marianne claimed when she wrote, “Most of the energy went into two new songs, “Ruby Tuesday” and “Let’s Spend the Night Together.” These were love anthems from the album and they both became hit singles. “Let’s Spend the Night Together” was Mick’s. It came out of that night we spent at a motel in Bristol.”
We all know that Mick and The Stones amended the lyrics of “Spend The Night Together” on Ed Sullivan but I believe it’s more important that we know Mick penned “Together” after his first night with his new paramour Faithfull. I would say that Jagger song is more of a ‘making love’ anthem of 1967. “Let’s Spend the Night Together” was a clever pop song with a Hawthorne, California inspired and climactic middle eighth. You didn’t think I would forget to mention the “Good Vibrations” inspired harmonies that was an obvious ode to The Beach Boys. You just knew, because of this vocal tribute, in 1967, somewhere Brian Wilson was definitely smiling.
Anyway you spin it, Mick Jagger’s “Let’s Spend the Night Together” was definitely one of the best Rolling Stones singles of the late 1960’s. It’s probably difficult to imagine but in 1967, the modern world was steeped of puritan values that Mick Jagger thought to be so outdated, this Rolling Stones front man penned the perfect antidote to free love. Inspired by Jagger’s first night with Marianne Faithful, “Let’s Spend the Night Together” was the sound of The Stones losing their inhibitions. When you’re in the mood, lose yourself within the suggestive rhythms of this carnal pop hit that will definitely leave you singing smiles of lyrical satisfaction.