“I think I busted a button on my trousers. Hope they don’t fall down. You don’t want my trousers to fall down, now do you?!” Mick Jagger to the crowd after singing “Jumpin’ Jack Flash.”
In recent conversation with fellow bloggers Cincinnati Babyhead and Christian’s Music Musings. I got to talking about my love for the Stones. That band is and always will be for me – and a lot of others – special. I’ve written about them a couple of times before, here and here.
I had put together a Stones Spotify list a little while back and really dug listening to it while driving around recently. So I thought, let me post a couple, two, three, hell, maybe 6 songs, a mini-Stones blast. And away we go!
From 1971’s Sticky Fingers, this is “Bitch.” Originally the B-side of “Brown Sugar.” It’s been a long time since they kicked out double-sided gems like that:
The Stones played at NYC’s great Beacon Theater a few years back. Jagger introduces the song “Champagne and Reefer” (is that a title or what?) and says he’s not sure if it’s a Muddy Waters song.
Well, I did a little research for ya Mick, and yeah, it’s a Muddy song. Oh, special guest? As Mick says, “Buddy Mothafuckin’ Guy.”
I’m not a big country fan but I’ve always said that the Stones are my favorite country band. You want country? You’ll look long and hard to find a song quite as uplifting (?) as “Dead Flowers.”
Take me down little Susie, take me down
I know you think you’re the queen of the underground
And you can send me dead flowers every morning
Send me dead flowers by the mail
Send me dead flowers to my wedding
And I won’t forget to put roses on your grave
From Let it Bleed came the great “Live With Me.” The Stones did this live with Christina Aguilera who proves she’s got some stones of her own:
“Twenty Flight Rock” was an Eddie Cochran song. When John Lennon met Paul McCartney, a 15-year-old Paul played this song for Lennon and the Quarrymen. Hmmm. Lennon thought. Maybe this bloke should be in my band.
The Stones visited the States in 1969 which was perhaps the beginning of their wild “no-shit-no-holds-barred” tours. From that tour, the fabulous album Get Yer Ya-Yas Out.
From that album, one of my Top Five Stones songs, the relentlessly evil “Midnight Rambler.” Skin-crawlin’ blues from way down the wrong end of the alley: