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From '' Play With Fire - It Won't Be Long ''
Label: Date 2-1533
Format: Vinyl, 7''
A Play With Fire
B It Won't Be Long
Guitar, Vocals -- Travis Fairchild
Guitar, Vocals -- Coventry Fairchild
Bass -- Bill Moss
Drums -- Fred Moss
"Play with Fire" is a song by English rock and roll band The Rolling Stones, originally released as B-side to the song "The Last Time".
It was later included on the American release of their 1965 album Out of Our Heads.
"Play with Fire" is credited to Nanker Phelge, a pseudonym used when tracks were composed by the entire band, even though lead singer Mick Jagger and guitarist Keith Richards are the only Rolling Stones to appear on the track.
The song was recorded late one night in January 1965 while the Stones were in Los Angeles recording with Phil Spector at the RCA Studios.
Richards performed the song's acoustic guitar opening while Jagger handled vocals and tambourine (enhanced using an echo chamber).
Spector played bass (actually a tuned-down electric guitar), and Jack Nitzsche provided the song's distinctive harpsichord arrangement and tamtams. The Stones left for a tour of Australia the following day.
The song's lyrics talk of the singer's relationship with a high society girl, disparaging the lifestyle much in the same way that "19th Nervous Breakdown" would in a more up-tempo feel.
In a 1995 interview with Jann Wenner for Rolling Stone entitled "Jagger Remembers", Jagger said, ""Play with Fire" sounds amazing—when I heard it last.
I mean, it's a very in-your-face kind of sound and very clearly done.
You can hear all the vocal stuff on it.
And I'm playing the tambourines, the vocal line. You know, it's very pretty."
An unreleased version of the song, entitled "Mess with Fire", was also recorded.
It featured a much more upbeat, soul-oriented feel.
"Play with Fire" was the b-side to "The Last Time" and went to #96 on the US chart.
It was also featured on the US version of Big Hits (High Tide and Green Grass) (1966), Hot Rocks (1971) and Singles Collection: The London Years.
The song was performed in concert during the Rolling Stones' tours of 1965 and 1966, and was revived on their 1989-1990 Steel Wheels/Urban Jungle Tour.
An extended live version can be found on the 1974 release Live 'n' Kickin' by West, Bruce and Laing.
"Play with Fire" was featured in the 2007 film The Darjeeling Limited, directed by Wes Anderson; it also appears on the soundtrack album.
In July 2008, "Play with Fire" became the subject of a lawsuit when ABKCO Music Inc., which owns the rights to the Rolling Stones' early catalogue, filed a suit against Lil Wayne, asserting that the rapper's song "Playing With Fire" is based on the Rolling Stones' song.
In May 2011, "Play with Fire" was featured prominently in the season 6 finale of the show Supernatural.
Dick Taylor, an early bass guitarist for the Stones, covered "Play with Fire" as a member of The Pretty Things on their 1999 album, Rage...Before Beauty.
Gov't Mule covered "Play with Fire" in a reggae style on their 2007 album Mighty High and directly reference the Rolling Stones 1965 version in the intro.
"Play with Fire" was covered by Dum Dum Girls in 2009 as a B-Side to the Jail La La single and as a Japanese bonus track for their debut album I Will Be.
Jonee Earthquake Band have made this a regular part of their act, usually closing with it. They play it in a much faster punk rock style.
Tír na nÓg conceived an acoustic folk version of the song with a guitar/violin arrangement that they played live on their 2010 album Live at Sirius.
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