Why is Wild Horses such a go to Stones tune?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by glocke1, Jun 13, 2019.

  1. glocke1

    glocke1 Supporting Member

    Apr 30, 2002
    a lot of bands in my area seem to include this song in their catalog, and it’s the only stones tune they do.

    Can’t figure it out as there are many rockin stones tunes that far more rockin.

    It’s not that I consider it a bad tune but’s its kind of a snoozer.
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  2. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
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    It's just a really well written song, imho. One of my favorites to listen to and perform. Keef wrote the first two verses and left it unfinished, then Mick came up with the 3rd after his breakup with Marianne Faithfull.

    Also, it's not a "rockin" tune, it's basically a Country ballad, might be the bands include it to cover that "space".
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  3. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    Reviewer: Bass Player Magazine
    It’s almost always good to have a romantic, slow dance-able song on the set list, and that one isn’t cheesy or schmoozy.
  4. Oddly


    Jan 17, 2014
    Dublin, Ireland.
    I've never liked it.
    The couple of times I've played it, or seen it played, it's lost the crowd.
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  5. TheDirtyLowDown


    Mar 8, 2014
    Back in the day our bluegrass band covered it, and I thought it came together well in that context. I was the banjo player, and I always enjoyed playing it. I liked that you can make that song sound pensive and thoughtful and melodic in a way that doesn't quite match someone's expectations for a Stones cover. But I agree that if you're looking for higher energy, there are a lot of their tunes that better fit the bill.
  6. It's just a good slow song that around here didn't seem to get played much. Every band does "Wonderful Tonight" or at least it seemed that way to us.

    So this seemed a better alternative.
  7. Inky13


    Nov 13, 2016
    Buffalo NY
    I’ve heard it and played it bluegrass a bunch. Pretty much a standard in that context.
  8. DirtDog


    Jun 7, 2002
    The Deep North
    The women like it.
  9. Richland123


    Apr 17, 2009
    I have never played Wild Horses and never thought to add it. :meh:
  10. 2saddleslab

    2saddleslab Supporting Member

    May 30, 2003
    Always fond of the song, even more so since adding to our master list.
  11. SteveCS


    Nov 19, 2014
    Hampshire, UK
    Probably because its within the capabilities of pretty much anyone who owns a guitar...
  12. I like the song, women in the audience like the song, but I'd never have it as my only Stones tune in a mainstream pop rock dance party cover band.
  13. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
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    Then again, it might be just the ticket for a downer shoe-gazer pseudo-country cover band. :p
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  14. I think it's one of those songs (see also Tennessee Whiskey, Wagon Wheel, Etc.) that many bands/players think is really easy and in fact can be dumbed down enough to still be passable. Enough liquor and a self medicated crowd won't care either. As with most of them, there is often a lot more to the song than chopping at open chords and barking lyrics.
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  15. Plectrum72

    Plectrum72 Supporting Member

    Our go to Stones songs are Sympathy for the Devil, Paint it Black, and Honkey Tonk Women. That is, of course if someone in the crowd requests the Stones. Never played Wild Horses as part of a band.
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  16. gbazinet


    Aug 11, 2010
    I recently learned it on guitar. I think the key to making it sound right is the open G tuning.
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  17. Their 1995 "Stripped" version is substantially better than the original.

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  18. chadhargis

    chadhargis Jack of all grooves, master of none Supporting Member

    Jan 5, 2010
    Nashville, TN
    Maybe the bands are playing Garth Brooks. :)
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  19. Kmonk


    Oct 18, 2012
    South Shore, Massachusetts
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, Spector, Ampeg, Curt Mangan, Nordstrand Pickups, Korg , Conquest Sound
    I've never heard any band play it. The only Stones covers I've heard are "Satisfaction", "Brown Sugar", "Waiting On A Friend" and "Jumpin' Jack Flash"
  20. Slade N

    Slade N Supporting Member

    May 28, 2005
    portland, or
    so that Stones Fans dont attack the band like this person did
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