'Terrifying' was released as a 7" single in the UK on July 30, 1990, where it peaked at #82.
Credited to Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, 'Terrifying' was recorded at Monserrat's Air Studios and London's Olympic Studios in the spring months of 1989.
Its '7" Remix' version was the fourth single from the album 'Steel Wheels' and only released in the UK and Holland [for European distribution].
The Dutch single [CBS 655661] was released on February 26th - the day the band played at the Tokyo Dome, c/w 'Wish I'd Never Met You', a non-album track which also featured on the B-side of the previously issued UK-only 'Almost Hear You Sigh' single.
The British version of 'Terrifying' [CBS 656 122] was issued in the middle of the 'Urban Jungle' tour, a few weeks before the London dates, with 'Rock And A Hard Place' on the f... [+]
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Nearly 80 songs recorded by the Rolling Stones entered either the UK or US charts since 1963, twelve of them peaking at #1 ['Satisfaction', 'Get Off Of My Cloud', 'Paint It, Black' and 'Honky Tonk Women' were #1 in both countries].
The early years also were the most prolific and, whereas most titles were not yet penned by the Jagger-Richards tandem, record labels Decca [in the UK] and London [in the US] would issue singles at a frantic pace, building the band's reputation as the Beatles' most serious threat.
However, no global marketing strategy would emerge before the 70's, and both countries cultivated their differences in their respective discographies, as would their affiliates in other parts of the world.
The richness and diversity of the Rolling Stones singles discography is mainly due to the fact that, during the 60's, Decca would consider singles an independent market from the LPs' one, whereas London would use this format as a 'lift' for album sales. Therefore, British singles would offer non-album tracks [except for compilations], and Decca England would pass on a few US releases, while the US would opt for different B-sides and be a little more productive.
US exclusive couplings and singles would however often be released on Decca in Europe, notably in Scandinavia for which UK would exclusively press 'export' singles [Scandinavian countries also pressed their own records and imported regular UK releases, see the Danish, Swedish and Norwegian discographies].
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