Most musicians have to put up with record company executives being interfering dicks. It’s part of the job, just like wearing sunglasses indoors and objectifying women.
Not all bands let them get away with it, though. Every now and then, through luck, opportunism or having balls of brass, some get to fight back.
#6. The Rolling Stones Release a Profane Single to Get Out of a Contract
Once upon a time, before Mick Jagger started to look like a South American transsexual, the Rolling Stones were the biggest outlaws on the planet (provided you put rapists, murderers and any other actual criminals or badasses in a category other than “outlaws”).
So it should come as no surprise that when the future ex-rebels were told they actually had to fulfill their contract with Decca Records before leaving for greener pastures, they weren’t happy. Legal technicalities are for squares, baby. The Rolling Stones would not be held down by the man and his nitpicky adherence to the stipulations of binding contracts.
Fortunately for them, all they had to do was record one more single and they would be free to dominate the rest of the 1960s and most of the ’70s before taking a now three decades long nosedive starting in the ’80s. Fortunately for the premise of this article, they decided to make that single one of their most commercially unfriendly pieces of work of all time.
The song was called “Schoolboy Blues,” though it would be forever known as “Cocksucker Blues.” The title of the song was taken from its risque chorus, where Jagger pondered:
Oh where can I get my cock sucked?/Where can I get my ass fucked?/I may have no money/But I know where to put it every time.
Predictably, the label wasn’t too pleased and let the single gather dust for some time. The track did actually find its way to record store (remember those?) shelves some 13 years later, when Decca tagged it onto a Germany-only box set called The Rest of the Best. Before you rightfully turn that into a joke about Germany, understand that it was most likely an accident. The album was rereleased with the offending song deleted a mere four weeks later. It’s never seen the light of day since, unless you count the scores of shady torrent sites that you can totally download it on for free. Or you could just check it out on YouTube. Don’t even act like you don’t want to.
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