The Rolling Stones

Get Off of My Cloud

Composed by Keith Richards / Mick Jagger

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As has been noted by other critics, with "Get off of My Cloud," the Rolling Stones achieved a rare feat among pop groups: a follow-up to a huge hit ("[I Can't Get No] Satisfaction") that was both reminiscent of that hit, but almost equally good and memorable on its own terms. Like "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction," "Get off of My Cloud" has a compelling basic blues-rock riff, crunchy mid-tempo percussion, a leering Mick Jagger vocal that sounded like a catalog of social observation and complaint, and an ultra-catchy chorus. The songs were not exactly similar, though, and it's doubtful anyone asked for their money back due to confusing the two. The semi-surreal march of images probably owed something to the songs Bob Dylan was churning out in his early electric phase. It might have been songs like these that led Dylan to make his famous remark that he could have written "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction," but that the Stones could not have written "Mr. Tambourine Man." As is so often the case with such vain, mean-spirited proclamations, Dylan failed to add that the Stones could also do things he couldn't do: namely, craft backing tracks that were more insistent funky and bluesy than those of any other rock acts, Dylan included. "Get off of My Cloud" is one of those sort of tracks, even if it doesn't quite match the magnificence of its cousin "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction." No doubt its ace in the hole is its chorus, with its back-and-forth heys and yous (which actually sound rather more like heys and hees) that were ready-made for responsive crowd singalongs when performed live.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
December's Children (And Everybody's) 1965 Universal Music 2:55
Big Hits (High Tide and Green Grass) 1966 Universal Music 2:55
Got Live If You Want It! 1966 Universal Music 2:54
Hot Rocks: 1964-1971 1972 Universal Music 2:55
Rolled Gold: The Very Best of the Rolling Stones 1975 ABKCO Records 2:54
No Image 1975 Idle Mind
No Image 1977 Arcade Music
The  Complete Singles Collection: The London Years 1989 Universal Music 2:53
No Image 1999 WR Records 3:25
Forty Licks 2002 Virgin
No Image 2002 2:58
Remastered Series 2004 ABKCO Records 2:56
Singles 1965-1967 2004 ABKCO Records 2:54
The Biggest Bang 2007 Universal Distribution / Universal Music
GRRR! 2012 Universal Distribution 2:55
The Very Best of the Rolling Stones 1964-1971 2013 ABKCO Records 2:56
The Rolling Stones in Mono 2016 ABKCO Records 2:56
December's Children (And Everybody's)/Sticky Fingers CD Maximum
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