Rolling Stones – 2000 Man

This is my 2000th post. I am amazed I made it to 25…much less 2000. So let the bells ring and the chorus sing! So…lets see if I can make it to 2001!

The song was on Their Satanic Majesties Request a psychedelic album released in the Summer of Love in 1967. It’s an album…one of many that was inspired by the Beatles Sgt Peppers album. The album was not critically praised when it was released. It still gets mixed reviews now. I do think it is much better than it got credit for back in 1967. They did the right thing though by continuing on with blues/rock. They would never experiment this much again in the studio.

The cover art was something new. After The Beatles raised the bar with the cover of Sgt Pepper…the Stones used Michael Cooper (who worked on the Sgt Pepper cover)to make a 3d cover. If you look closely you can see The Beatles faces on the album. The Stones were returning the favor…the Beatles had a doll wearing a shirt that said “Welcome the Rolling Stones Good Guys” on the Sgt Peppers album.

Fun Fact: The Beatles' faces are on the cover of the Rolling Stones' album  "Their Satanic Majesty's Request" : beatles

The doll on the Sgt Pepper Cover

Welcome The Rolling Stones" on the front cover of Sgt. Pepper : beatles

The song has some different melodies melded together. The album had two 2000 songs…2000 Man and 2000 Light Years From Home. It fit in with the futuristic psychedelic vision.

2000 Man’ was covered by  Kiss on their 1979 record Dynasty. Kiss did a good job on the cover. Personally I like both versions. Kiss did a straight ahead rock version but I also like the nuances that the Stones included on the original.

Mick Jagger: There’s a lot of rubbish on Satanic Majesties. Just too much time on our hands, too many drugs, no producer to tell us, “Enough already, thank you very much, now can we just get on with this song?” Anyone let loose in the studio will produce stuff like that. There was simply too much hanging around. It’s like believing everything you do is great and not having any editing.

It’s really like sort of got-together chaos. Because we all panicked a little, even as soon as a month before the release date that we had planned, we really hadn’t got anything put together. We had all these great things that we’d done, but we couldn’t possibly put it out as an album. And so we just got them together, and did a little bit of editing here and there.

2000 Man

Well, my name is a number
A piece of plastic film
And I’m growin’ funny flowers
In my little window sill
Dont you know I’m a 2,000 man
And my kids, they just don’t understand me at all
Well my wife still respects me
I really misused her
I am having an affair
With the Random computer
Don’t you know I’m a 2,000 man
And my kids, they just don’t understand me at all
Oh daddy, proud of your planet
Oh mummy, proud of your sun
Oh daddy, proud of your planet
Oh mummy. proud of your sun
Oh daddy, your brain’s still flashin
Like it did when you were young
Or do you come down crashin’
Seeing all the things you’d done
All was a big put on
Oh daddy, proud of your planet
Oh mummy. proud of your sun
Oh daddy, proud of your planet
Oh mummy. proud of your sun
Oh daddy, proud of your planet
Oh mummy. proud of your sun
Oh daddy, proud of your planet
Oh mummy. proud of your sun
And you know who’s the 2000 man
And your kids they just won’t understand you at all

Author: Badfinger (Max)

Power Pop fan, Baseball fan, old movie and tv show fan... and a songwriter, bass and guitar player.

32 thoughts on “Rolling Stones – 2000 Man”

    1. The reason I’m up so high is because when I started after a while…I posted 3 posts a day for like 8 months. That helped me get readers…and drove that total way up. I’ve since slowed down.

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      1. Three posts a day certainly is a lot, though lame compared to our dear friend Hans! 🙂

        On a more serious note, when I started my blog, I kept thinking I’m only doing this for myself and my love for music. Whether other people read my stuff would be secondary.

        While the joy of writing about stuff I dig is still my main motivation, I’ve since come to appreciate followers and traffic. In particular, I like the commenting back and forth with music fans like you.

        Sometimes, I even find myself paying too much attention to the blog stats! 🙂

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      2. Yea that is what I was thinking also…but to share musical interests was fun…and with more readers the more you get to share and learn from them.
        Many times I learned more about what I was writing about from the readers which is a good thing.

        The blog stats thing…I paid too much attention to for a long time and then I said forget it. The views is what I paid attention to more than anything…now I just like posting something and letting it go.

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      3. I completely agree. Getting more traffic and likes are nice, but at the end of the day what’s most meaningful in addition to writing is interactive engagement with other folks who share your passion for music.

        If I’ve learned anything over the past 4 years, it’s how little I still know about music. And how George Harrison really hit the nail on the head when he sang, “The farther one travels/The less one knows/The less one really knows…” These lines are so true!

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      4. Those words are so true. I still learn every day I post something or read someone elses posts.

        I like the community we have on here and finding other people with similiar likes. How many times in real life do you meet people with the same music intrests? Not many times for me.

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  1. Yes, what can I say about that? A song like “2000 Man” was only possible in high LSD times. Psychedelic, funky and yet coherent. For me it’s less about the number of posts. Music blogs are always subjective, erratic and momentary. Blogging means: reflexes before reflections. While one blog writes a longer review, are three sentences enough for the other. Some blogs also mean: a lot of consensus music. And that’s a problem for me, because a music blog can only be professionalized if you commercialize it. That’s why for me a blog has to stick to amateurism. And also being able to say: “Shit! “or” That’s it!” – All the best, to the next 2000 lightyears from home.

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    1. I have the amateurism covered! Happily! Hotfox from the beginning I’ve wanted to write to people as if I’m talking to them in person. I only hope I convey that. I was shocked when I saw 2000…at first I would post many a day everyday.

      I do wish I was better at describing the song…I only let people know my feelings about it…you on the other hand are really good at describing a song and the era it was in…that is what I enjoy the most about your blog.

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  2. You’re a Blog machine pal. Congrats on 2000! You’re a great writer and it shows by the number of people that like and comment.
    Cheers Pal.
    Love that 2000 Man cover by KISS. Saw that tour that the video is made from.

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    1. It’s cool when you can say you were there at a concert or a tour….

      Thanks dude…I’m gradually slowing down but that is alright…I learn more from you guys than I do my posts…which is really cool.

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    1. Congrats to you also. Graham when did you start? In my first year I was doing 3 a day every day….that was crazy and the reason I am where I am.

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      1. I know you wasn’t Graham. I know how much work is involved accumulating that many posts. I didn’t take it that way at all.

        I thought of you the other day. Because of work…I may one day have to cut back to 3-4 days a week…it depends on what happens. You do it on a schedule and it works…I may do something similar…

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      2. I’ve been posting on this blog since early 2017, but it took me a while to find my rhythm, and how to tie the website and blog together. I’ve enjoyed doing Nuggets as it’s a bit more lightweight and it frees up more time to work on the website part and look after the kids over summer holidays.

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    1. Thank you Jeff. The reason mine is that high is because when I started to get readers I published 3 posts a day for 8 months straight…I soon gave that up…
      You will be getting there soon!

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