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Scarlet (2020) - The Rolling Stones: All about the song

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The Rolling Stones released the song Scarlet

In July 2020, the legendary The Rolling Stones delighted fans with a new song! An "old new song" would be more accurate... The band shared a The War on Drugs remix of their previously unreleased song "Scarlet" (from the forthcoming 1973 re-release of Goats Head Soup). An interesting video was released for the track with the participation of Paul Mescal, widely known for the TV series Normal People.

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Rolling Stones. Photo: Kevin Westenberg

Song history...

"Scarlet" is a song by the legendary English rock band The Rolling Stones, written with the participation of ... Jimmy Page himself! On July 22, 2020, it was released via Polydor as a single from the reissue of Goats Head Soup (1973).

Legendary rock band of all time...
Legendary rock band of all time...

The main authors of the composition are Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. Produced by Jimmy Miller...

"Scarlet" is a very "sweet and at the same time sad song with reggae tunes and lots of guitar solos..." The lyrics are about a girl named Scarlet who breaks Jagger's heart...

Recording

The track was recorded back in October 1974. Jagger stated that the idea for the song came from Ronnie Wood's home in Richmond, London, during a studio session with Richards and Jimmy Page. Keith himself recalled how, after the end of the Led Zeppelin performance, he invited their guitarist Page to stay. And he agreed. So the composition about Scarlet was born!

With Jimmy Page...
With Jimmy Page...

It is believed that the track is named after Jimmy's daughter, Scarlet Page.

Curiously, when Jagger was asked why the song hadn't been released for nearly 50 years, he replied, "It wasn't actually a Rolling Stones record."

Music video

The music video, featuring Irish actor Paul Mescal, was filmed at Claridge's Hotel in London. According to the plot, Mescal wanders through hotel rooms and empty bars, leaving “lonely voice messages for the main character” ... At the end of the clip, drinking and dancing, he falls to the floor of the lobby with a crash.

The music video was directed by Chris Barrett and Luke Taylor and released on August 6, 2020.

remixes

In mid-August 2020, the American rock band The War on Drugs released their version of "Scarlet": more rhythmic, more pulsating:

The second remix featuring American rock band The Killers and English DJ Jacques Lou Comte was released on 28 August. The track features a sonorous, reverberant opening and gentle symphonic touches:

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