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Mick Jagger said one of the Rolling Stones’ songs was about a gay garbage collector

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Mick Jagger said one of the Rolling Stones’ songs was gay. He didn’t know why he wrote the track. Jagger said the song is about “an imaginary person who comes to New York from LA and becomes a garbage collector.”

During an interview with Rolling Stone in 1978, Jagger spoke about his androgynous image. “Well, there’s one song that’s a straight song – ‘When the Whip Comes Down’ – but I have no idea why I wrote it. It’s strange – the Rolling Stones have always attracted a lot of men [laughing].

“It sounds funny, but they’re not all gay,” he added. “And of course I have a lot of gay friends, but I suppose everyone in New York City does, and what does that have to do with the price of eggs? … I really hope the radio stations will play ‘When the Whip Comes Down’.”

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Jagger explained “When the Whip Comes Down”. “Maybe I came out of the closet [laughing],” he said. “It’s about an imaginary person who comes to New York from LA and becomes a garbage collector.

“But anyway: I don’t like this gossip interest in me at all today,” he continued. “It upsets a lot of people and creates a lot of distractions in my life. I can ignore it in America – it’s not so bad here – but in Australia and England there are so many competing gossip columns.”

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“When the Whip Comes Down” was never a single; As a result, it did not chart on the Billboard Hot 100. The tune appeared on the album Some girls. The album peaked at number one on the Billboard 200 for two weeks and stayed on the chart for a total of 88 weeks. In the USA, Some girls was one of the most commercially successful albums by the Rolling Stones.

According to The Official Charts Company, “When the Whip Comes Down” also failed to chart in the UK. On the other hand, Some girls reached number 2 in the UK and stayed on the charts for 25 weeks.

“When the Whip Comes Down” is a classic song, even if it doesn’t touch on the usual Rolling Stones themes.

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