Heading into the next decade, The Rolling Stones kicked off the 1980s with the album and the first single of the same name: Emotional Rescue.
Recorded in 1979 at Compass Point Studios in Nassau, Bahamas with the Glimmer Twins as producers, the Stones got influenced by the disco era with their first single of the decade.
Written by Jagger and Richards, the song is often rumoured to be a “girl’s problem with manhood” and how a man will help her out of her emotional issues. It’s also supposed to be evidence of the duo’s growing distance at the beginning of the 1980s.
Released in June 1980 as the lead single to the album, Emotional Rescue was loved by some but not all since its new direction and electronic hooks weren’t as welcome as the typical rock ‘n’ roll that they band had released.
The song peaked at number three on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number nine on the UK singles charts.
But as an album, Emotional Rescue was a hit with fans, thanks to the second single, She’s So Cold and went on to become certified platinum five times over with sales of 5.5 million.
The Rolling Stones never performed the song live until 2013.