The Rolling Stones

Stupid Girl

Composed by Keith Richards / Mick Jagger

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Call it silly, misogynist, snotty, or whatever, "Stupid Girl" -- from Aftermath, the first Rolling Stones album comprised of all original material -- certainly helped set the band's image as controversial, edgy, and the bad boys of the British Invasion. Unlike another of the album's put-downs, "Under My Thumb," "Stupid Girl" rails and spits venom with a high school garage rock band-like intensity and with about the same level of polish and focus. But while it is not as well-written as "Under My Thumb," "Stupid Girl" possesses an endearing and energetic snottiness that might have won the Stones a good amount of sexually frustrated young men fans who might have otherwise started to defect to the Who and the Kinks when they heard ballads like "Lady Jane." Charlie Watts pummels his tom-toms and Ian Stewart adds a blues-soul organ part, and the song is given a bit of a surf rock feel, with some specific musical nods to the Beach Boys' "Fun, Fun, Fun." Jagger is clearly venting at someone, but the humor is undeniable: "I'm not talking about the way she digs for gold/Well I'm talking about the way she grabs and holds," a double entendre he delivers with a leering slur. Jagger reflected back on the song nearly 30 years later: "(I)t's much nastier than "Under My Thumb." Obviously, I was having a bit of trouble. I wasn't in a good relationship. Or I was in too many bad relationships. I had so many girlfriends at that point. None of them seemed to care they weren't pleasing me very much. I was obviously in with the wrong group."

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Aftermath 1966 Polydor 2:55
The Complete Singles Collection: The London Years 1989 Universal Music 2:54
No Image 1997 Colosseum
Remastered Series 2004 ABKCO Records 2:56
Singles 1965-1967 2004 ABKCO Records 2:55
Paint It Black 2007 UMVD 2:57
The Rolling Stones in Mono 2016 ABKCO Records 2:57
Rockin Roots of the Rolling Stones Laser Media 3:37
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