Vinyl–“Dirty Work” by the Rolling Stones


While it is true that the Rolling Stones made some of the most iconic rock songs of the 1960s and 1970s, it is important to examine the work the British group released in the 1980s, too.

Coming just three years after the arguably ambitious “Undercover,” which featured the suspenseful and engaging “Undercover of the Night,” “Dirty Work” features some of the spirit of the 1960s and 1970s Rolling Stones with a flair straight out of the 1980s. Proving that if nothing else, the legendary band could be counted on to create songs that indicated the time period, and that showed who they were as a band.

Therefore, a collection of Rolling Stones recordings is incomplete without “Dirty Work.” If for no other song than “One Hit (To The Body).” That song was one of three that Ron Wood helped to write, and his participation in the songwriting process showed an evolution for the band that had previously seen Mick Jagger and Keith Richards handling the writing.

Musically “One Hit” sounds as if it has a great deal going on. But the hard drums, the phrasing and comparing attraction and love to boxing, all work to make the song a classic. Also not to be missed is “Harlem Shuffle.” It might not have the style and bite of “One Hit,” but it does stand out and is unique for this period of one of the world’s most legendary bands.

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Dodie Miller-Gould is a native of Fort Wayne, Indiana who lives in New York City where she studies creative nonfiction at Columbia University. She has BA and MA degrees in English from Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne, and an MFA in Fiction from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Her research interests include popular music and culture, 1920s jazz, and blues, confessional poetry, and the rhetoric of fiction. She has presented at numerous conferences in rhetoric and composition, and creative writing. Her creative works have appeared in Tenth Muse, Apostrophe, The Flying Island, Scavenger's Newsletter and elsewhere. She has won university-based awards for creative work and literary criticism.

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