“Backstreet Girl” – Social Distortion

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Pre-major label Social D. covers one of the Rolling Stones’ most beautiful and most troubling songs.

The original is a lovely-sounding acoustic ballad, where the protagonist is a rich guy who tells his mistress in no uncertain terms what her place is in his life. As I said earlier about the Stones’ original, “Jagger and the gang could be doing an ironic Randy Newman-esque take on a sleazy, phliandering rich guy, which I would buy … except for the fact that I’m sure that the attitude of the song’s narrator is not far from the way they probably felt about women back in the day. A great song with contradictory and often troubling messages? Hmm … sounds like the Stones to me in a nutshell.”

Social D. says “Ah, bulls–t!” to such nonsense and just bashes through the song as Social D. is wont to do. I can’t say that they’re wrong in their approach.

“Back Street Girl” – Rolling Stones

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OK, this is a lovely (sounding) song from the Stones’ terrific 1967 folk-influenced album “Between the Buttons.” I love the album and it’s highly regarded by many, but it’s an album which Mick Jagger allegedly dismisses these days as “rubbish,” except oddly (or tellingly) for this song. “Girl” sounds pretty, but arguably makes “Stupid Girl” and “Under My Thumb” sound like outtakes from Lilith Fair. Of course, Jagger and the gang could be doing an ironic Randy Newman-esque take on a sleazy, phliandering rich guy, which I would buy … except for the fact that I’m sure that the attitude of the song’s narrator is not far from the way they probably felt about women back in the day. A great song with contradictory and often troubling messages? Hmm … sounds like the Stones to me in a nutshell.