Australian charts: 1974
The song was originally recorded one night in a studio at Ronnie Wood’s house in Richmond, London. David Bowie was backing singer to Jagger’s lead.
The meaning of the lyrics was summed up by Jagger in the liner notes to the 1993 compilation Jump Back; “The idea of the song has to do with our public persona at the time. I was getting a bit tired of people having a go, all that, ‘oh, it’s not as good as their last one’ business. The single sleeve had a picture of me with a pen digging into me as if it were a sword. It was a lighthearted, anti-journalistic sort of thing.”
This marked the first time Ron Wood contributed to a Stones song, although the official songwriting credit went to Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, per custom. Wood joined the band in 1975.
It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll (But I Like It) peaked at no 17 on the Kent Music Report in October 1974.
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