I’ve never been much interested in The Rolling Stones, but I’ve always loved this song. It brings me memories of my old friends and our times at high school. I still keep the single record that a good friend gave me as a present, although my old record player has been dead for quite a long time now.
“Angie” was a rare ballad for the rock band, since most of their material at the time was hard and aggressive. It was part of their album Goats Head Soup (1973) and, despite being so quiet and lacking excitement, it hit the top of the charts in US and UK.
Since the song was first recorded by Their Satanic Majesties there have been several cover versions by very different artists. However, none of them have caused as much “noise” as when the German party CDU used the song for its election campaign for Angela Merkel in 2005, although The Rolling Stones denied giving permission to use the song.
A more in-depth listening of the song can help you to see why it was said that some of the lines included in the song’s lyrics were rather unsuitable for a political campaign theme tune.
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