"Monkey Man" is a song by English rock band The Rolling Stones, featured as the eighth track on their 1969 album Let It Bleed. It is often believed to be about a bad acid trip or heroin experience.
Composition and recording
Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards and recorded in April 1969, the song's introduction features distinctive vibraphone, bass and guitar, as well as piano. Richards plays the main guitar riff as well as the slide guitar solo, Jagger provides vocals, producer Jimmy Miller plays tambourine, Nicky Hopkins plays piano, Charlie Watts provides drums, while Bill Wyman plays vibraphone and bass.
Performances and covers
The Rolling Stones performed "Monkey Man" heavily on their 1994/95 Voodoo Lounge Tour. A performance of the song features on Live Licks from their 2002/03 Licks Tour.
Many movies and television shows (such as Entourage or How I Met Your Mother) have used the song. It was covered in an episode of 21 Jump Street. It was also used in Martin Scorsese's 1990 film Goodfellas.
RJD2's hip hop quintet MHz sampled the opening of "Monkey Man" for their song "World Premier".
Phish covered "Monkey Man" during their Saturday afternoon set at Super Ball IX, their three day festival which took place at Watkins Glen International Speedway from 1–3 July 2011.