Bite My Head Off

Written by Mick JaggerKeith RichardsUnreleased song

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Song facts

‘Bite Your Head Off’ is kind of like a punk song. Andy Watt, the producer was supposed to be working with Paul that week and Andy said let’s bring Paul into the sessions and we’ll get him in. (I said) so what should he play? And Andy said, ‘lets put him on this punk tune’. Paul was amazing. I’d sung with Paul before. I was playing guitar, he was playing bass. He was great on it. He was amazing

Mick Jagger – From “Hackney Diamonds” launch event in London, September 8, 2023 – From The Rolling Stones Mick Jagger and Ronnie Wood Give More Details of Hackney Diamonds –

Watt was already working with McCartney on another project in Los Angeles when Jagger got wind and asked his old friend to join the Stones in the studio. “I’d sung with Paul before and I’d hung out with Paul a lot, but I’ve never played with him,” Jagger says. “I didn’t know what song to do. Should we do ‘Depending on You,’ like a ballad? Or something else? And Andy said, ‘Well, let’s try him on your punk song, on “Bite My Head Off.” Paul seemed very happy to play in a band where he didn’t have all the responsibility; he was just the bass player. And he really rocked out. He fitted straight in. It was like we’d been playing with him for years. It was a really good feeling.”

Paul said to me, ‘Can you believe, here we are in the studio together?’” Wood says. “He said, ‘I have a dream come true: I’m playing with the Rolling Stones. And guess who is producing? Andrew, like we said.’ He was loving it, like a kid in a toy shop.” Wood says McCartney also played on another track they plan to use for another release.

From The Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger, Keith Richards on ‘Hackney Diamonds’ – Rolling Stone, September 14, 2023

Last updated on September 18, 2023

Officially appears on

Hackney Diamonds

Official album • Released in 2023

Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Ronnie Wood :
Backing vocals, Guitar
Mick Jagger :
Backing vocals, Guitar, Lead vocals
Keith Richards :
Backing vocals, Guitar
Andrew Watt :
Backing vocals, Percussion
Steve Jordan :
Matt Clifford :

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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