“Emotional Rescue” was written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards and is featured on their 1980 album Emotional Rescue. It is a disco-influenced number, somewhat similar to the band’s 1978 hit “Miss You”.
The song is notable as one of the earliest songs by the group to show the growing rift between Jagger and Richards. Although Richards plays guitar and added backing vocals towards the end of this track, he is noted to not have liked the direction in which Jagger was trying to take the band with disco-like compositions, although this may have been exaggerated by the press and Richards’ hard-rock-oriented image.
Jagger said the song was about “a girl who’s in some sort of manhood problems”, not that she was going crazy but she’s “just a little bit screwed up and he wants to be the one to help her out”.
Despite touring extensively since the song’s release in 1980, the Stones had never performed the track in concert until May 3, 2013, when the Stones debuted the song in their set list with a slightly different arrangement, during the band’s first show of the 2013 leg of the 50 & Counting… tour, in Los Angeles, California.
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