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I just commented on a friend's LJ about the impossibly messed-up lyrics to "Brown Sugar." It's hard to remember, at a time when the Stones have come to stand for empty spectacle, that they were once capable of pushing buttons as well as anyone. That's not why I'm writing this, though. I'm writing this because, hearing that song on shuffle play, I had to switch modes so that I could hear the whole album. I'm writing this because the first three songs of Sticky Fingers are about as strong an introduction to an album as I can think of. "Sway" never got much radio airplay, but it's one of my favorite Stones songs and deserving of a listen -- I'm providing it here for your convenience -- with fresh ears. And "Wild Horses" -- is truly sublime. That scene in Gimme Shelter where the band is listening to the song play back in the famous Muscle Shoals studio during their North American tour is easily one of my top-five music videos, even though it was never intended to serve that function. The tip of Keith Richards cowboy boot rocking back and forth, the expression of Mick Jagger's face as he is forced to acknowledge the nakedness of his own performance, Charlie Watts looking into the distance of the Maysles Brothers' camera: it's rock and roll at its finest. Now I'm on "Can't You Hear Me Knocking" and there's not a bit of letdown. The Doors-like interlude in the middle is superb. If only I had the original Andy Warhol LP cover with the actual zipper. . .

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Muse: Wild Horses - The Rolling Stones - Sticky Fingers

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masoo From: masoo Date: July 27th, 2006 08:57 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Most of us couldn't resist trying out the zipper to see what was underneath, which fucked up the cover so it wasn't worth anything 35 years later.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: July 27th, 2006 09:01 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
What was underneath?
masoo From: masoo Date: July 27th, 2006 09:10 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
If you ever saw Trash, you saw more of Little Joe than you could see underneath that zipper, let's put it that way.
hollsterhambone From: hollsterhambone Date: July 27th, 2006 09:06 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Yes! What's underneath the zipper?
hollsterhambone From: hollsterhambone Date: July 27th, 2006 09:05 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I kick myself at least once a month that I didn't buy that on vinyl when I saw it ten years ago used at my favorite music trade store. I am dumb. It's an incredible album.
dlowestanimal From: dlowestanimal Date: July 27th, 2006 09:59 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I think it's a pair of tighty-whities underneath the zipper. Or is that just a pullout from inside the album?
From: marcegoodman Date: July 28th, 2006 06:12 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Sticky Fingers remains my favorite Stones record and evokes the early seventies as powerfully as any music I know. One of the earliest pieces of rock criticism I read, Jon Landau's review essay of the record (collected in It's Too Late To Stop Now), actually found fault with the acoustic rhythm guitar part that doubles the electric rhythm guitar part on Brown Sugar which just seems laughable now. It's funny but I usually think of at least the guitar part of the instrumental interlude of "I Hear You Knocking" as being Santana-like but having just re-listened, you're right - the horn part does sound Doors-like (i.e. Touch Me specifically). In any case, superb.

Thanks Masoo for the clue on the cover model. See more here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Dallesandro
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: July 29th, 2006 05:51 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
My three favorite Stones' albums are that one, obviously, Exile on Main Street, and Beggars' Banquet. I'd be hard-pressed to choose. I hear that Santana too. But it's still more Doors to me.
From: marcegoodman Date: July 29th, 2006 08:11 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
By sheer happenstance, those are the three Stones LPs I re-collected after selling off the ones I originally had gathered. Yes, definitely more Doors than Santana.

I just remembered a Stones-related story that I thought you'd appreciate from, of all people, Slavoj Zizek:

Let me give you an interesting anecdote, which may amuse you. Officially, for the youth generation the standard position is “Adorno is bad; he hated jazz. Marcuse is good; solidarity with the students and so on.” I know people in Germany who knew Adorno and I know people, such as Fred[ric] Jameson, who knew Marcuse. Marcuse was much nastier. To make a long story short, Marcuse was a conscious manipulator. Marcuse wanted to be popular with students, so he superficially flirted with them. Privately, he despised them. Jameson was Marcuse’s student in San Diego, and he told me how he brought Marcuse a Rolling Stones album. Marcuse’s reaction: Total aggressive dismissal; he despised it. With Adorno, interestingly enough, you always have this margin of curiosity. He was tempted, but how does something become a hit? Is it really true that the hitmaking process is totally manipulated. For example, if you look in the Introduction to Music Sociology, in the chapter on popular music, Adorno argues that a hit cannot be totally planned. There are some magic explosions of quality here and there. Adorno was much more refined and much more open at this level.

The full interview can be found here:

From: (Anonymous) Date: July 29th, 2006 05:35 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)


hi, cb,

wondering what you think of this article
about music journalism and technology on pitchfork--


josh in denver
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: July 29th, 2006 05:46 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: sticky-pitchy

Great to hear from you. I got an advance of the new Califone the other day and was thinking of you, meaning to write, and, well, here you are! I'll check out the article.
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