Writers: Mick Jagger and Keith Richards
Producer: The Glimmer Twins
Recorded: Late 1970s/early 1980s at studios in Paris and in Nassau, the Bahamas
Released: September 1981
|Players:||Mick Jagger — vocals
Keith Richards — guitar
Ron Wood — guitar
Bill Wyman — bass
Charlie Watts — drums
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|Album:||Tattoo You (Rolling Stones, 1981)|
The third single from Tattoo You, “Hang Fire” peaked at Number 20 on the Billboard Hot 100.
The Tattoo You album spent nine weeks at Number One on the Billboard 200 chart. It sold more than three million copies.
“Hang Fire” is about Britain’s economic problems, according to singer-guitarist Keith Richards, who said at the time: “They’re going through their little traumas over there. It serves them right for kickin’ us out,” referring to the Stones’ decision to live in other places due to their homeland’s stringent tax laws.
The Tattoo You album doesn’t include performing credits, which Stones albums usually contain, but some ace guests appeared on the album, including the Who‘s Pete Townshend and saxophone great Sonny Rollins. According to lead singer Mick Jagger, “I got fed up with writing all those credit lists out and everyone wants one above the other one, and then I don’t remember who is playing. Everyone got paid, anyway.”
Tattoo You featured many songs that the Stones had been working on for years.
Mick Taylor, the guitarist who left the group in 1974, sued the Stones for royalties, claiming he had cowritten some of Tattoo You‘s songs. Even so, Taylor joined the band onstage at their tour stop in Kansas City that year.