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School Boy Blues

School Boy Blues

"Schoolboy Blues"

The Rolling Stones are the kind of group that don't need much of an introduction. Having their roots in blues music and early rock and roll, the band first exploded onto the American music scene during the original British Invasion, and identified with the youth culture of the early-to-mid 1960s. Since then, they have been regarded amongst the greatest acts of all time and continue to tour to this very day.

When it came time to leave Decca Records in 1970 and start their own label, Rolling Stones Records, the band was told to record one more single in order to fulfill their old contract. In an attempt to mess with their former label, the Stones' farewell to Decca was a track entitled "Schoolboy Blues"[1], based around Dr. John's "The Lonesome Guitar Strangler", although it was alternatively titled "Cocksucker Blues" (also the title of a notorious documentary on the band from around that same time) due to a particular lyric in the chorus, which goes: "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."

Due to its profanity, Decca decided not to release the single, but it didn't matter to the Stones, who would go on to greater success through their new label. By accident, Schoolboy Blues saw a release in the Germany-exclusive, four-LP box set The Rolling Stones Story - Part 2 (The Rest of the Best: Single Tracks and Rarities from the Decca Period) in 1983, only to be pulled and reissued sans the offending track four weeks later. Many years since then, with the rise of the Internet, "Schoolboy/Cocksucker Blues" has inevitably shown up on torrent sites and on YouTube.

References

  1. Cracked.com article, featuring an entry on the band's exit from Decca.
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