Primitive Cool is the second solo album by the Rolling Stones lead singer Mick Jagger and was released in 1987. As the follow-up to Jagger's 1985 success She's the Boss, Primitive Cool was another attempt by Jagger to make him a solo star. However, the commercial reaction was cooler than expected.[citation needed]

Primitive Cool
Studio album by
Released14 September 1987
Recorded17 November – 18 December 1986, and January–May 1987
StudioWisseloord Studios, Netherlands
Blue Wave Studios, Barbados
GenreHard Rock
ProducerKeith Diamond, Mick Jagger, David A. Stewart
Mick Jagger chronology
She's the Boss
Primitive Cool
Wandering Spirit
Singles from Primitive Cool
  1. "Let's Work"
    Released: 1987
  2. "Throwaway"
    Released: 1987
  3. "Say You Will"
    Released: 1987


Following the release of Dirty Work in 1986, relations between Jagger and Keith Richards soured after Jagger decided to not tour the album in favour of starting his second solo project. Richards was vocal about his discontent in the media—which Jagger replied to, also publicly; "Kow Tow" and "Shoot Off Your Mouth" were reportedly written in response to disparaging remarks made about Jagger by Keith Richards.[citation needed] Undeterred, Jagger promptly began work on Primitive Cool, recording in the Netherlands and Barbados.

Joining up with David A. Stewart and Keith Diamond in the producer's chair, Jagger used Jeff Beck as the regular guitarist for the sessions, seeking to have more uniformity in the recordings.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic     [1]
Robert ChristgauB–[2]
Rolling Stonefavourable[3]

Released in September 1987 with "Let's Work" as the lead single, the commercial reaction to Primitive Cool was not as welcoming as the reception for She's the Boss, with the album merely reaching No. 26 in the UK and No. 41 in the United States with "Let's Work" and follow-ups singles "Throwaway" and "Say You Will" were minor hits, not at all rivalling "Just Another Night" in commercial success. As a result, although Jagger toured Primitive Cool, it was only in Japan and Australia, not feeling confident enough to attempt American or British shows.


Although originally released by CBS, Primitive Cool was acquired and reissued by Atlantic Records in 1993 following the release of Jagger's third album, Wandering Spirit.

Cover versionEdit

In 1999, Mary Chapin Carpenter covered the song "Party Doll" from Primitive Cool, as the title track of her compilation, Party Doll and Other Favorites.

Track listingEdit

Side one
1."Throwaway"Mick Jagger5:03
2."Let's Work"Jagger, David A. Stewart4:50
3."Radio Control"Jagger3:56
4."Say You Will"Jagger, Stewart5:07
5."Primitive Cool"Jagger5:50
Side two
6."Kow Tow"Jagger, Stewart4:55
7."Shoot Off Your Mouth"Jagger3:35
8."Peace for the Wicked"Jagger4:02
9."Party Doll"Jagger5:20
10."War Baby"Jagger6:39
Total length:49:17



  • Produced By Mick Jagger, David A. Stewart & Keith Diamond
  • Engineers: Jon Bavin, Manu Guiot, Bob Rosa, Ed Stasium
  • Assistant Engineers: Paul Hamingson, Michiel Hoogenboezem, Glen Johansen, Scott Mabuchi, Moira Marquis, Danny Mormando
  • Mixing: Michael Barbiero, Paul Hamingson, Ed Stasium, Steve Thompson
  • Digital Editing: Rhonda Schoen
  • Mastering: Greg Calbi
  • Christopher Austopchuk, Francesco Clemente - cover design


Weekly chartsEdit

Year Chart Peak
1987 UK Top 100 Albums 26
1987 The Billboard 200 41
1988 The Billboard 200 89


Year Single Chart Peak
1987 "Let's Work" UK Top 100 Singles 31
Mainstream Rock Tracks 7
Billboard Hot 100 39
Hot Dance Music/Club Play 32
Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales 48
"Throwaway" Mainstream Rock Tracks 7
Billboard Hot 100 67
"Say You Will" Mainstream Rock Tracks 39

Certifications and salesEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[4] Gold 50,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ Primitive Cool at AllMusic
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (27 October 1987). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. New York: VV Publishing Corporation. Retrieved 16 August 2012.
  3. ^ [1] Archived 15 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Mick Jagger – Primitive Cool". Music Canada. Retrieved 20 August 2019.