No. 63: ’2000 Light Years From Home’ – Top 100 Rolling Stones Songs
Welcome to psychedelia, Rolling Stones style. As the raunchy R&B of their early years gave way to changing times, the Stones moved into their new lysergic loft a tad awkwardly. Dismissed as a ‘Sgt. Pepper’ rip off, ‘Their Satanic Majesties Request’ was universally panned. Of all the LP’s tracks, only ’2000 Light Years From Home’ managed to escape the ridicule.
Built around a simple riff, the song has an otherworldly quality to it. A haunting Mick Jagger vocal and wirey Keith Richards guitar send this ship on sail perfectly. Add in Mr. Jones on mellotron and you have a perfect slice of acid drenched pop. Against popular opinion, we think ‘Majesties’ is an unsung masterpiece.
Watch the Rolling Stones Perform ’2000 Light Years From Home