"Mixed Emotions" - The Rolling Stones
from the album Steel Wheels (1989)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #5 (two weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 9
Today's song of the day comes from one of the biggest bands of the rock and roll era, the Rolling Stones, who found themselves at such an acrimonious point by the mid-80s that best friends Mick Jagger and Keith Richards weren't even on speaking terms. After their 1986 album Dirty Work, which scored a top-5 pop hit in the U.S. with a cover of the blues-soul classic "Harlem Shuffle", and a top-40 follow-up in "One Hit (To The Body)", the band took a break, where both Mick and Keith released solo albums (Mick also had a top-40 pop hit with the god-awful "Let's Work" in 1987). With that cool-off time, coupled with their impending induction into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame, the guys patched things up and got to work on a new studio album, which would be released in the summer of 1989. The first single from Steel Wheels was the uptempo and bare-bones rock of "Mixed Emotions", written by Jagger and Richards and produced by Chris Kimsey...
"Mixed Emotions" became the Rolling Stones' 23rd and so-far most recent top-10 pop hit in October of 1989. The song also topped Billboard magazine's Mainstream Rock radio chart for five weeks. Internationally, the record went to #1 in Canada, peaked at #9 in the Netherlands, Norway, and New Zealand, and reached the top-40 in Germany (#20), Australia, (#25), and their native UK (#36).
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...and here's the Stones on tour in 1990...
Up tomorrow: Swedish duo hears some organs.