The sing-song finds her playfully echoing New Kids On The Block’s “You’ve Got It (The Right Stuff)” and otherwise having a fun time with scatterbrained “bourgeois”-dropping bubblegum pop.
The song and album title is a reference to the experience of being towed along in a small boat by a harpooned whale. The person to whom the song is dedicated, Owen Coffin, was a young seaman on the Nantucket whaleship Essex, which was rammed and sunk by a sperm whale in 1820. In the aftermath of the wreck, Coffin was shot and eaten by his shipmates. The Essex’s story was recorded by its First Mate, Owen Chase, one of eight survivors, in his 1821 Narrative of the Most Extraordinary and Distressing Shipwreck of the Whale-Ship Essex.
Soon after Woodstock, the album Climbing! was released in March 1970. It led off with what became the band’s signature song, “Mississippi Queen”, which reached #21 in the Billboard Hot 100, while the album reached #17 in the Billboard 200.
Written by Jack Bruce. Vocals by Chris Farlowe. Originally written for Cream, but Eric Clapton didn’t like it, so Jack Bruce gave it to Mountain!
Chris Farlowe was signed to Andrew Loog Oldham’s Immediate label and recorded eleven singles, five of which were cover versions of Rolling Stones songs including “Paint It, Black”, “Think”, “Ride On, Baby”, “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” and “Out of Time”). Farlowe’s single “Out of Time” reached #1 (1966) in the UK Singles Chart.
Following Sam Cooke’s success, the Rolling Stones recorded their version of “Little Red Rooster” in 1964. The recording session took place at the Chess Studios in Chicago, the same studios where Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Little Walter, et al. recorded their blues classics (the Rolling Stones instrumental “2120 South Michigan Avenue” was named after the studio’s address).