Well, it's Friday and you know what that means. Yes, my Oriental Taco Belle of the Ball Fah Lo Suee and I are off to beautiful London, England where we'll be participating in the very first protest of the Occupy Joanna Lumley's Knickers! movement. Hopefully, Joanna will be home at the time.
That being the case, and because things are doubtless going to be traditionally quiet around here for a bit, here's a hopefully fun and definitely relevant little project for us all to contemplate:
Best or Worst Rolling Stones Track -- Cover Version or Original Song -- That was NEVER Released as a Single!
No arbitrary rules whatsoever, you're welcome very much.
And my totally top of my head Top Five is/are:
5. She Said Yeah (from December's Children)
An r&b cover (originally recorded by Larry Williams as the b-side of "Dizzy Miss Lizzie") rendered at a breathless 1:40 in length. And with Keith's fabulous speed-of-light guitar solo.
4. New Faces (from Voodoo Lounge)
An embarrassingly self-conscious attempt to invoke a "Lady Jane" vibe, and one of the more cringe-worthy songs from perhaps the Stones most best forgotten album.
3. Downtown Suzie (from Metamorphosis)
Bill Wyman, it should be noted, is the only Rolling Stone who ever had a single ("In Another Land") released under his own name during the band's 60s heyday. In any case, this quasi-music hall charmer -- which first showed up on a mid-70s outtakes collection -- proves he should have written more.
2. Miss Amanda Jones (from Between the Buttons)
Said it before and I'll say it again -- one of their best ever guitar rockers, and still fresh as paint. And twice as infectious.
And the Numero Uno wasn't-ever-a-45-(what's a 45?) of them all simply has to be...
1. Dancing With Mr. D (from Goat's Head Soup)
This one actually makes my best and worst simultaneously. On the one hand, as Lester Bangs famously said at the time, it's about exactly what you hope it isn't about. On the other, that fricking riff is to die for.
Alrighty then -- what would your choices be?