WTF?! Wednesdays: Ryuichi Sakamoto and Arto Lindsay, “We Love You” (1990)

What do you get when you unleash pianist/composer Sakamoto and noise merchant Lindsay on this early Rolling Stones track? Controlled chaos.

Arto Lindsay has always been one of my favorite guitar players. He’s as comfortable laying down a cool Brazilian groove as he is shearing paint chips off the wall with ferocious distortion. That’s why he fit in so well with the early Lounge Lizards.

On this live arrangement we have a slinky, almost loungy vibe that occasionally erupts into fierce guitar histrionics. Jagger and Richards have never sounded so…strange.

Mark Saleski

Mark Saleski is a writer and music obsessive based out of the woods of central New Hampshire. A past contributor to, and Salon, he originated several of our weekly features including the Friday Morning Listen, (Cross the) Heartland, WTF! Wednesday, and Sparks Fly on E Street. Follow him on Twitter: @msaleski. Contact Something Else! at