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You got me rocking.

Voodoo Lounge is the twentieth studio album (twenty-second American album) by The Rolling Stones, released in 1994. It is their first album without long-time bassist Bill Wyman, who chose to leave the band at the start of the previous year. It is also their first album with his replacement Darryl Jones, although Jones is not an official member of The Rolling Stones. Also, it's their first album produced by Don Was, who would become their regular producer. Was gave this album a retro sound, which pleased critics and the fan-base, but not Mick Jagger.

Upon release, it was a major success and hit number one in the UK (the first time since Emotional Rescue in 1980), and number two in the US. Hits and fan favourites include "Love Is Strong", "You Got Me Rocking" (a late-period Stones concert staple), "Sparks Will Fly" and "Out Of Tears".



  1. "Love Is Strong" (3:46)
  2. "You Got Me Rocking" (3:34)
  3. "Sparks Will Fly" (3:14)
  4. "The Worst" (2:24)
  5. "New Faces" (2:50)
  6. "Moon Is Up" (3:41)
  7. "Out Of Tears" (5:25)
  8. "I Go Wild" (4:19)
  9. "Brand New Car" (4:13)
  10. "Sweethearts Together" (4:46)
  11. "Suck On The Jugular" (4:26)
  12. "Blinded By Rainbows" (4:33)
  13. "Baby Break It Down" (4:07)
  14. "Thru And Thru" (5:59)
  15. "Mean Disposition" (4:09)

Principal Members:

  • Mick Jagger - lead vocals, guitar, harmonica, maracas, castanets
  • Keith Richards - guitar, backing and lead vocals, piano, tambourine
  • Charlie Watts - drums, tambourine
  • Ronnie Wood - guitar, vocals


You Got Me Troping:

  • Added Alliterative Appeal: "I Go Wild"
    And if you'd only stay away
    From femme fatales and dirty bitches
    And daylight drabs and night time witches
  • Alliterative Title: "Thru and Thru"
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: In the music video of "Love Is Strong", directed by David Fincher, the band appear as giants.
  • Break-Up Song:
    • "New Faces"
    My heart is breaking is two
    Well, well, he'll be rotting in hell
    For playing the devil with you
    • "Moon Is Up"
    Ooh babe, won't you listen to me?
    We are worlds apart, you see
    Where are you now?
    Crying out loud?
    Where did you go?
    When I needed you
  • Car Song: "Brand New Car"
    Jack her up baby, go on, open the hood
    I want to check if her oil smells good
  • Deliberately Monochrome: The black-and-white music video of "Love Is Strong".
  • Dem Bones: Inside the booklet and on the cover of the single "You Got Me Rocking" Satan is depicted with a Slasher Smile in the presence of card playing skeletons: [1] The image is extracted from mid 19th century French diorama sculptures. [2]
  • Double Entendre: "Brand New Car", where Jagger's car is a metaphor for a woman.
    Give her some stick
    Push her too far
    Right to the brink
    Hear the motor running
    Yeah, she's right in sink
    Tell me if she's thirsty
    Would she like a drink?
    And I'm stopping at this bar
    Slinky like a panther
    You can hear her purr
    Touch her on the seat
    Go on, feel the fur
  • Femme Fatale: "I Go Wild"
    And the doctors says you'll be okay
    And if you'd only stay away'
    From femme fatales and dirty bitches
  • Intercourse with You:
    • "Love Is Strong", a "lust at first sight" song.
    I looked for you in seedy bars
    What are you scared of, baby?
    • "Suck On The Jugular"
    Don't feel no shame
    I love men to be men
    And women women
    On special occasions
    Diving and dipping
    All get together and feel alright
    All get together and fuck all night
  • Made a Slave: "I Go Wild"
    You whipped me I'm hurting
    Abused me for certain
    And slavery should not exist
  • Men Don't Cry: "Out Of Tears"
    I won't cry when you say goodbye
    I'm out of tears
    I won't die when you wave goodbye
    I'm out of tears, yes I am
    I won't cry, I swear my eyes are dry
    I'm out of tears
  • New Sound Album: Although this album does go back to it's roots (yet again), the sound is still clearly modern and of the 90's. Although not to the extent that Bridges To Babylon is.
  • Obsession Song: "I Go Wild"
    I go wild when you're in my face
    I go wild when I taste your taste
    I go wild and I go insane
  • Precision C-Strike: "I Go Wild"
    And politicians' garish wives, With alcoholic cunts like knives.
  • Protest Song: "Blinded By Rainbows" is a critique of war and terrorism, especially religiously motivated violence.
    Do you fear the final hour?
    Do you kneel before the cross?
    You're blinded by rainbows
    (...) Do you see the light?
    Is the end in sight?
    Enter paradise?
    I doubt it
  • Sanity Slippage Song: "I Go Wild"
    I go wild when you're in my face
    I go wild when I taste your taste
    I go wild and I go insane
    I get sick—somebody stop this pain
    You left me I'm brain-dead
    I'm feeling nothing strapped to my bed
    On life support tubes in my nose
    Tubes in my arms shot full of holes
    I go wild act like a goat
    And I get sick, lumps in my throat
    I go wild
    I go wild
    I go crazy, I go insane
    I get sick somebody stop this pain
  • Self-Deprecation: "The Worst"
    Well I said from the first
    I am the worst kind of guy for you to be around
  • Shout-Out:
    • The title of the album was named after Voodoo, a cat Keith Richards had at the time, and the lounge which Voodoo stayed at.
    • "Mean Disposition" references Davy Crockett
    I'm going to have stand my ground
    Like Crockett at the Alamo
  • Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!: "Sweethearts Together"
    Everyone so cynical
    And says that love won't last
    Think about your future
    Stop living in the past
    Time's not standing still
    So stop looking through those tinted glasses
  • Special Guest: Soul legend Bobby Womack provides backing vocals on this album.
  • Step Up to the Microphone: Keith Richards sings lead vocals on "The Worst" and "Thru And Thru".
  • Unrequited Love: "Thru And Thru"
    I only found out yesterday
    I heard it on the news
    What I heard really pissed me off
    Cause now I got those fucking blues
    I got those awesome blues
    Baby, I got those nothing blues
    Any minute, any hour
    I'm waiting on a call from you
    And you know this heart is constant
  • War Is Hell: "Blinded By Rainbows"
    Did you ever feel the blast
    As the semtex bomb goes off?
    Do you ever hear the screams
    As the limbs are all torn off?
    Did you ever kiss the child
    Who just saw his father shot?
    Do you ever shed a tear
    As the war drags on and on?
  • Writer's Block: "You Got Me Rocking"
    I was a writer, can't write another book