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2,000 Man

Mick Jagger, Keith Richards

This classic was written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards and originally recorded by the Rolling Stones for their seminal psychedelic album, "Their Satanic Majesties Request," released in 1967. After Ace Frehley recorded a demo of the song to bring to the 1979 sessions, the rest of the band liked his interpretation and arrangement so much they didn't change much from the original demo. Ace took the slightly plodding primarily acoustic psychedelic song and transformed it into a rocker and a signature piece for the "Spaceman."

According to Gene, "Ace in fact came in with a demo. He'd already worked out the arrangements so '2,000 Man' was pretty much Ace's own concept that we loved right away. Even though we usually try to write material for albums, we don't really go out of our way searching for any remakes of anything. It just seemed perfect so we didn't mind doing it. In fact it turned out quite well I thought" (3XY Radio Interview). Ace played bass on the recording. Changes to the song were minimal, with the original first verse changing from, "Well, my name is a number / A piece of plastic film / And I'm growin' many flowers / In my little window sill / Don't you know I'm a 2,000 man / And my kids, they just don't understand me at all" to, "Well, my name it is a number / It's on a piece of plastic film / And I've been growin' funny flowers / Outside on my little window sill / But don't you know I'm a 2,000 man / And my kids, they just don't understand me at all."

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