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Track Talk: Sex Drive
Posted by: René ()
Date: March 24, 2014 10:10

Comments, input and alterations are very welcome!
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Sex Drive
(Mick Jagger / Keith Richards)

Hit Factory Studios, London, UK, January 7 - 18, 1991

Mick Jagger - lead vocals, backing vocals
Keith Richards - electric guitar
Charlie Watts - drums
Bill Wyman - bass
Ron Wood - electric guitar
Kick Horns - brass
Tessa Niles - backing vocals
Katie Kissoon - backing vocals
Bernard Fowler - backing vocals

I got this sex drive, driving me mad, got to drive you crazy, best you've ever had
I got this sex drive, driving me mad, got to drive you crazy, best you've ever had
I can drive you fast, I can drive you slow
Put me in the hot seat, I've got no self control
I'm a blot on the landscape, a blur on the beach
A bite of the cherry, I'll lick the fuzz right off the peach
I got this sex drive, driving me mad, I've got to drive you crazy
Best you've ever had, yes, the best you’ve ever had, get up

I got this sex, I got this sex drive, yeah, what you gonna do about that
You can take the bus, you can take the cab, but if you want to change your style
And live a life more versatile, we could be a smash, yeah
See you from behind and they never gonna see again
Lookin' so fine when you find another trick so fine
You never saw him going fishing out all the night and they look you all over
And you're gonna see the light, oh, let's make it tonight, ain’t that right

I got this sex drive, driving me mad, yeah, that’s alright, I’ve got to drive you crazy
Best you've ever had, yes, best you’ve ever had, come on, hey

Hey, yeah, ain’t that right, chuka lucka boom, please give me some room, yes
Chucka lucka back, please give some slack, yes
I got this sex, I got this sex, I got this sex drive, yeah, come on, yeah
See you from behind and they never gonna see again
Lookin' so fine when you find another trick so fine
You never saw him going fishing out all the night and they look you all over
And you're gonna see the light, oh, let's make it tonight
I got this sex, I got this sex drive, I got this sex, I got this sex drive, yeah
Come on baby, I got this sex, I got this sex, I got this sex, I got this sex drive, hey

Produced by The Glimmer Twins & Chris Kimsey

First released on:
The Rolling Stones - “Flashpoint” LP
(Rolling Stones Records C 47456) US, April 2, 1991
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Sex Drive (single version)
(Mick Jagger / Keith Richards)

Hit Factory Studios, London, UK, January 7 - 18, 1991

Mick Jagger - lead vocals, backing vocals
Keith Richards - electric guitar
Charlie Watts - drums
Bill Wyman - bass
Ron Wood - electric guitar
Kick Horns - brass
Tessa Niles - backing vocals
Katie Kissoon - backing vocals
Bernard Fowler - backing vocals

Hey
I got this sex drive, driving me mad, got to drive you crazy, best you've ever had
I got this sex drive, driving me mad, got to drive you crazy, best you've ever had
I can drive you fast, I can drive you slow
Put me in the hot seat, I've got no self control
I'm a blot on the landscape, a blur on the beach
A bite of the cherry, I'll lick the fuzz right off the peach
I got this sex drive, driving me mad, I've got to drive you crazy
Best you've ever had, yes, the best you’ve ever had, get up
I can't look I've got to touch, can't keep my hands off it
Go take the card, go wrap it up, I want it now
I got this sex, I got this sex drive, yeah, what you gonna do about that
You can take the bus, you can take the cab, but if you want to change your style
And live a life more versatile, we could be a smash, yeah, ain’t that right
I got this, I got this sex drive, hey
I got this sex drive, driving me mad, yeah, that’s alright, I’ve got to drive you crazy
Best you've ever had, yes, best you’ve ever had, come on, hey
I can't look I've got to touch, can't keep my dirty hands off it
Here's the card go wrap it up, hey, yeah, ain’t that right
Chuka lucka boom, please give me some room, yeah
I got this sex, I got this, I got this sex drive, yeah, come on
See you from behind and they never gonna see again
Lookin' so fine when you find another trick so fine
You never saw him going fishing out all the night and they look you all over
And you're gonna see the light, oh, let's make it tonight
I got this, I got this sex drive, I got this, I got this sex drive, yeah, come on baby
I got this, I got this sex, I got this, I got this sex drive

Produced by The Glimmer Twins & Chris Kimsey

First released on:
The Rolling Stones - “Sexdrive” CD single
(Sony Records SRCS 5532) Japan, July 18, 1991

Re: Track Talk: Sex Drive
Posted by: Come On ()
Date: March 24, 2014 10:19

Kind of Closet-garbage...

2 1 2 0

Re: Track Talk: Sex Drive
Posted by: billwebster ()
Date: March 24, 2014 11:06

Well, I got this one on the Virgin reissue of Flashpoint. I've read before that this is the single version but I'm not sure about that.

One of two new studio songs on the live album "Flashpoint" to make it interesting to people who did not want to buy another Stones live album, "Highwire" does the job well but "Sex Drive" doesn't.

It seems like a fairly standard funk groove and overall, it comes across like a song that is not essential. I almost daren't say an outtake. It's proof the Stones were a funk band even before Darryl Jones became their bass player.

If "Highwire" came last in the track selection of "Flashpoint" and thus were Bill Wyman's swan song with the band, "Sex Drive" would be a mere afterthought.

Re: Track Talk: Sex Drive
Posted by: drewmaster ()
Date: March 24, 2014 11:48

The only Stones song with the word “sex” in the title, and ironically it is just a lame, forgettable piece of filler … faux James Brown without spark or excitement. But seeing Charlie playing a therapist to an over-sexed Jagger in the video is priceless.

Drew

Re: Track Talk: Sex Drive
Posted by: Silver Dagger ()
Date: March 24, 2014 11:58

This one's in serious need of viagra.



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Re: Track Talk: Sex Drive
Date: March 24, 2014 12:50

The song....complex....to describe.


But the video....

I wonder how could it was given the approval. It is beyond me.

Re: Track Talk: Sex Drive
Posted by: kowalski ()
Date: March 24, 2014 13:11

The "Dirty Hands Mix" version is better than the album version IMO.


Actually there are at least 4 different edit/versions :

- album version (5:07) - available on the original CBS album and on the 2009 Universal reissue

- single edit (4:30) - which replaced the album version on 1998 Virgin reissue

- "Dirty Hands Mix" (4:46) - available on Sex Drive CD single

- "Club Version" aka 12" mix (6:00) - available on Sex Drive CD single



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2014-03-24 13:16 by kowalski.

Re: Track Talk: Sex Drive
Posted by: adotulipson ()
Date: March 24, 2014 13:14

All versions are poor its a dud,as they say round here''you can't polish a turd''

Re: Track Talk: Sex Drive
Posted by: kowalski ()
Date: March 24, 2014 13:24

As a reminder...




Re: Track Talk: Sex Drive
Posted by: Silver Dagger ()
Date: March 24, 2014 13:30

Quote
adotulipson
All versions are poor its a dud,as they say round here''you can't polish a turd''

You can't polish a turd Ado but you can roll it in glitter. Unfortunately this dud is a dried turd!

Re: Track Talk: Sex Drive
Posted by: RobertJohnson ()
Date: March 24, 2014 14:19

Another low point of the Vegas era Stones ... no rhythm, no melody, a boring series of noise.

Re: Track Talk: Sex Drive
Posted by: Silver Dagger ()
Date: March 24, 2014 14:27

Quote
kowalski
As a reminder...



The girl in the video is a young Amanda de Cadenet, I do believe.

Re: Track Talk: Sex Drive
Posted by: HenrikBB ()
Date: March 24, 2014 15:30

Quote
kowalski
The "Dirty Hands Mix" version is better than the album version IMO.


Actually there are at least 4 different edit/versions :

- album version (5:07) - available on the original CBS album and on the 2009 Universal reissue

- single edit (4:30) - which replaced the album version on 1998 Virgin reissue

- "Dirty Hands Mix" (4:46) - available on Sex Drive CD single

- "Club Version" aka 12" mix (6:00) - available on Sex Drive CD single


It even has an "Edited Club Version" 4.30 - on a 4 track Japan-promo.

Re: Track Talk: Sex Drive
Posted by: gotdablouse ()
Date: March 24, 2014 15:38

Haven't we discussed this song recently in a TT ?! Anyway, yes, I'm a sucker for a funky grove but this song being one of the rare (only?) Stones song without a melody, it quickly becomes boring.

I think I remember reading in early 1992 in Dieter Hoffmann's Weissbuch that it started as a jam in Tokyo during the SW tour...I suppose some tapes of that must have "circulated" at the time.

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Re: Track Talk: Sex Drive
Posted by: treaclefingers ()
Date: March 24, 2014 16:47

I preferred this one to High Wire. Both are a bit bland, but I see the direct connection from High Wire to Don't Stop, and me no likey.

Re: Track Talk: Sex Drive
Posted by: fahthree ()
Date: March 24, 2014 17:16

I've only listened to it start to finish once, and I'll never get that time back.

Re: Track Talk: Sex Drive
Posted by: 24FPS ()
Date: March 24, 2014 18:00

I think of Slipping Away as Bill's swan song. I guess it's because Highwire and Sex Drive are so disappointing I hardly think of them as Stones songs at all. Bill seems to be already gone, but he's still a funkier, more in the pocket bass player than Darryl Jones ever was with the Stones.

Re: Track Talk: Sex Drive
Posted by: Godxofxrock9 ()
Date: March 24, 2014 18:25

I have a version of the video with a good amount of nudity on a dvd

Re: Track Talk: Sex Drive
Posted by: treaclefingers ()
Date: March 24, 2014 19:52

Quote
Godxofxrock9
I have a version of the video with a good amount of nudity on a dvd

I think I have a collection of playboy magazines somewhere

Re: Track Talk: Sex Drive
Posted by: Doxa ()
Date: March 25, 2014 18:32

A song based solely on the funky groove, with no melodical ideas to lean on, is a risky business for a rock and roll band. The Stones can do that - think of "Hot Stuff" or "Dance" - but this one, like noted almost by everyone here, fails bad. Really poor white man's watered down James Brown. Not even the Stones always nail different trends of American black music with their unique touch - and this one was already a kind of retro funk thing in 1991. Boring - I think even the basic guitar riff is somehow lifeless and dull - not having that spark a great funk riff should have. They don't sound sexy at all (as a song like this should sound), no matter how much explicit they are. They sound, you know, just old.grinning smiley

- Doxa



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Re: Track Talk: Sex Drive
Posted by: Doxa ()
Date: March 25, 2014 18:44

Quote
Silver Dagger
This one's in serious need of viagra.

This!thumbs up

- Doxa

Re: Track Talk: Sex Drive
Posted by: Rockman ()
Date: March 30, 2014 08:06



Japanese release ...



ROCKMAN

Re: Track Talk: Sex Drive
Posted by: Aquamarine ()
Date: March 30, 2014 09:54

Can never raise any enthusiasm for this one. As gotdablouse says, the groove quickly becomes boring, and the lyrics are just trying too hard--when Jagger has to keep insisting that he's really keen on sex, you know there's something wrong.

Re: Track Talk: Sex Drive
Posted by: stonesrule ()
Date: March 30, 2014 11:02

Thank you Aquamarine! Have always considered this track a total dog!
It always reminds me of meetings at record companies where they'd say,
"Let's bury this one and make it last track on the album."

Re: Track Talk: Sex Drive
Posted by: NEWMAN ()
Date: March 30, 2014 11:30

Vile Weed, nothing more imho.

Re: Track Talk: Sex Drive
Posted by: Promoman ()
Date: March 30, 2014 14:10

I like the funky guitars and the Sax solo. It is not a James Brown classic. I's a product of the eighties.

Re: Track Talk: Sex Drive
Posted by: slew ()
Date: March 30, 2014 17:39

One of their poorer efforts.

Re: Track Talk: Sex Drive
Posted by: Markdog ()
Date: March 30, 2014 18:21

This is almost a jump the shark moment to me. No wonder Bill left at this point. The song is so boring even the sax can't add interest. Mick's 80's pop singing style is cringe worthy. And as stated no melody or hook at all. It's like Mick wanted some sort of updated James Brown sexy funk style song. Bad Bad Bad.

That they or Mick wanted this as a single show how far off the mark they had become.

Real rock fans like my young self at the time never vacated RNR as the 80's past by. It was part of me. I really wish the Stones stayed true to themselves. Of course it's just a song and a terrible one at that.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2014-03-30 18:22 by Markdog.

Re: Track Talk: Sex Drive
Posted by: GOO ()
Date: March 31, 2014 02:05

Love this song.....horns drums a little guitar great jagger vocal ,what's not to love

Re: Track Talk: Sex Drive
Posted by: Denny ()
Date: May 8, 2014 15:12

A sign of the "corporate rock" times that this was so sterile - it's no "Dance", let's put it that way.

Jagger did get this sort of formula right, in my opinion, a few years later, with Sweet Thing. That was a great funky tune that sounded genuine. The Stones bettered Sex Drive a bit with Suck On The Jugular, and then later with Rain Fall Down, which I think is a great track. But I guess 1991 was no time for the Stones to do anything very interesting, just like many of their peers...

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