Friday, November 10, 2023

La Fin de la Semaine Essay Question: Special "Thoughts on the Stones" Edition

And no, not thoughts on the new album. Which I have avoided going on about here previously because I don't have all that much to say about it.

Other than, that while it doesn't dishonor their legacy, it mostly strikes me as sounding like a collection of middling Stones B-sides (which is not a bad thing) and that the only song that really, really rouses me from my pastoral torpor (unsurprisingly) is Keith's big slow number.

And I can live with that.

Anyway, reason I bring up the Stones is twofold. To begin with, I'd never seen this clip -- a remake of "Love in Vain" -- before a few days ago, and I don't know exactly when it was done and why, but it just knocks me out, and I thought I'd share.

Seriously, when people talk about those guys being the greatest rock-and-roll band in the world, that's the kind of thing they're talking about.

Secondly, I mention the Stones because, coincidentally (heh) they're the subject of this week's Weekend Essay Question.

And so to business. To wit:

...and your favorite obscure Stones track -- i.e.,not one of their hits, or even an often-referenced album cut -- is...?

In case you were wondering, mine is this one -- the ridiculously out of tune guitars and backing vocals notwithstanding. The song just kills me, and I always wanted to cover it.

And your choices would be...?


And have a great weekend, everybody!!!

[h/t Steve Schwartz]


Sal Nunziato said...

I believe this clip is part of this:

Stripped is a live album by the English rock band The Rolling Stones, released in November 1995 after the Voodoo Lounge Tour.
It contains eight studio recordings and six live tracks.

The studio sessions (eight recordings): on 3–5 March 1995, Tokyo and on 23–26 July 1995, Lisbon, recorded "live," i.e., without overdubs. The remaining eight tracks were acoustic studio re-recordings of songs from the Stones' previous catalogue, the exception being a cover of Willie Dixon's "Little Baby".

Anonymous said...

Back Street Girl

Loving Cup

Ride On Baby

Shine a Light

Love In Vain (Ya Ya's)

It's Not Easy

VR still awake

John K said...

I Am Waitng from Aftermath

Anonymous said...

She's A Rainbow from the mostly forgettable Satanic Majesty's Regrets album. The Stones version is fabulous and without it we wouldn't have these equally great cover from Molly Tuttle with band and solo

- Paul in DK

steve simels said...

Sal -- thanks for clearing that up.

Anonymous said...

Take It Or Leave It's pretty cool too

and the Barbara Lynn cover.


Paul in DK- She's a Rainbow was a hit. And I'm very fond of both sides. The B is a groove.

Now put on your thinking cap and come up with something more obscure:) I'm feeling playful. That means it's time for bed. My PT's gonna be here at 11. Lights Out. Hi Steve

Blue Ash Fan said...

I'm a sucker for their ballads.

Let It Loose

ChrisE said...

Could name many but narrowed it down to three:

Connection (from BETWEEN THE BUTTONS) - An infectious, energetic song that probably should have been a single.

Luxury (from IT'S ONLY ROCK'N ROLL)

Neighbors (from TATTOO YOU) - Was the B-side of the "Hang Fire" single, arguably should have been the A-side, love the guitar and sax solos AND Charlie's snare, which sounds, as Mr. Simels noted at the time, like a trash-can lid.

mistah charley, ph.d. said...

for the bowdlerization: "let's spend some time together" on the ed sullivan show

Anonymous said...


Connection should have been a single! It should have followed Ruby/LSTNT with All Sold Out as the B-Side. Woulda Rocked!

In Los Angeles "Connection" got to Number 6 as an LP cut. It was played as much or more than Under My Thumb was as an LP cut.

Here's the chart- You'll notice that She is an LP cut at Number Five

MARCH 4, 1967
1. Penny Lane/Strawberry Fields Forever – The Beatles 1
2. Happy Together – The Turtles 2
3. No Milk Today/There’s A Kind Of Hush – Herman’s Hermits 13
4. Live – Merry-Go-Round --
5. She – The Monkees 5
6. Connections – Rolling Stones 8
7. 59th St. Bridge Song – Harpers Bizarre 3
8. Dedicated To The One I Love – Mamas & Papas 4
9. Little Black Egg – The Nightcrawlers 12
10. Sit Down I Think I Love You – The Mojo Men 7
11. The Return Of The Red Baron – Royal Guardsmen 10
12. Ruby Tuesday – Rolling Stones 6
13. Everybody Needs Somebody – Thee Midniters 17
14. Darling Be Home Soon – Lovin’ Spoonful 18
15. Kind Of A Drag – The Buckinghams 15
16. Sock It To Me Baby – Mitch Ryder --
17. Up & Downs – Paul Revere & The Raiders 16
18. I Had Too Much To Dream – Electric Prunes 22
19. Go Where You Wanna Go – 5th Dimension 38
20. Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye – The Casinos 27
21. Baby I Need Your Lovin’ – Johnny Rivers 26
22. The Acalpuco Gold – The Rainy Daze 23
23. Epistle To Dippy - Donovan 19
24. Love Is Here & Now You’re Gone – The Supremes 24
25. For What It’s Worth – Buffalo Springfield 25
26. Rock & Roll Gypsies – Hearts & Flowers 28
27. Let’s Fall In Love – Peaches & Herb 30
28. (We Ain’t Got) Nothin’ Yet – Blues Magoos 31
29. It Takes Two – Marvin Gaye & Kim Weston 37
30. I’m A Believer – The Monkees 11
31. You Got To Me – Neil Diamond 35
32. Gimme Some Lovin’ – Spencer Davis Gr. 32
33. No Fair At All – The Association 20
34. Pretty Ballerina – The Left Banke 29
35. My Cup Runneth Over – Ed Ames 33
36. The Love I Saw In You Was Just A Mirage – The Miracles --
37. Stand By Me – Spyder Turner 36
38. So You Want To Be A Rock & Roll Star – The Byrds 21
39. 98.6 – Keith 40
40. Music To Watch Girls By – Bob Crewe Gener. --

VR - I'll Sleep When I'm Dead

Jai Guru Dave said...

I’ve never before seen it, and now I’ll never forget it. Perfect performance!

Cleveland Jeff said...

Off The Hook, B side of UK single Little Red Rooster

Allan Rosenberg said...

'Plunder My Soul'. There are a lot of obscure Stones recordings from the last 30 years that are just fabulous. 'Plunder' is the one that jumped into my ears as I pondered Steve's question.

Just to fuck with everyone's minds (and ears) here are some variations on the theme:

Best Rolling Stones song by The Beatles: 'Not a Second Time'.

Best Stones song by another band not The Beatles: 'Gone And Passed By' by The Chocolate Watch Band.

Love the topic!

Captain Al

paulinca said...

"Can You Hear the Music" from Goat's Head. Excellent B-side deep cut.


BG said...

That clip is killer. I love studio footage.

And there are a lot of great cuts on "Between the Buttons" that I love ... "All Sold Out", "Complicated" ...

The good old days of LP's, with side A and side B ...

ChrisE said...

Thanks very much for re-printing the info from that L.A. chart.

MJConroy said...

Glad to see the other comments praising "Between the Buttons".

It was the first Stones album I bought - my older brother bought all the ones before that but he went off to college and we moved. I bought BTB and it was the first stereo lp I ever had.

I'll go with "Miss Amanda Jones"!

Todd Everett said...

“Obscure” is pretty vague. Does Spider and the Fly count?
Probably not to this crowd.
I’ve always been kind of partial to What to Do, with its sort of Beach Boys vibe.

pete said...

I'll be doing Love in Vain tomorrow night, in fact - as an instrumental, because I love Keith's guitar part and love Ya-Yas version for Bill's descending bass line, which takes the whole thing right back to Chicago. And I love Charlie's entrance in this clip. It could actually make me cry even before he left us, ever since which the Stones do not exist.

In this topic I, too, favor the Aftermath/Buttons axis: It's Not Easy, Out of Time, Flight 505, Amanda Jones, Who's Been Sleeping Here?

But earlier (Down the Road A Piece) and later (Casino Boogie) stuff also rings my chimes.

Anonymous said...

Hey Pete-

Yeah, Down the Road Apiece - Rolling Stones, Now! great fuckin' album!

I forgot to mention Sittin' On a Fence. You know, Flowers had some pretty great stuff on it. Cool odds and ends.

If You Let Me's a pretty cool outtake.

Like the Lantern too.


ChrisE - da nada

Anonymous said...


All About You

Slave (nasty groove-great solos-prima!)

No Use In Crying

Kissin Cunt In Cannes



Torn and Frayed

Anonymous said...

OK, another chart from KRLA with Fortune Teller (from an Australian single) at #3

and Under My Thumb LP cut #6

When Fortune Teller hit in SoCal every garage band was playing it lickety split.

Don't know how this paste job is gonna turn out but here goes:

AUGUST 27, 1966
The Beatles
Yellow Submarine

The Beatles
Eleanor Rigby

The Rolling Stones
Fortune Teller

Sunshine Superman

Bobby Hebb

The Rolling Stones
Under My Thumb

The Beatles
Got To Get You Into My Life

Napoleon XIV
They're Coming To Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!

Tommy Roe
Sweet Pea

The Association

The Cyrkle
Red Rubber Ball

Sam The Sham And The Pharaohs
Lil' Red Riding Hood

The Lovin' Spoonful
Summer In The City

The Beatles
Good Day Sunshine

The Kinks
Sunny Afternoon

The Standells
Dirty Water

The Standells
Sometimes Good Guys Don't Wear White

Paul Revere And The Raiders

Herman's Hermits
This Door Swings Both Ways

Bob Dylan
Just Like A Woman

7 And 7 Is

The Yardbirds
Over Under Sideways Down

Ray Conniff And The Singers
Somewhere, My Love

Tommy James And The Shondells
Hanky Panky

Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
The Work Song

The Sandpipers

Frank Sinatra
Strangers In The Night

The Mamas & The Papas
I Saw Her Again

The Troggs
Wild Thing

The Beatles
Paperback Writer

The Beatles

The Supremes
You Can't Hurry Love

The Cyrkle
Turn-Down Day

The Rolling Stones
Mothers Little Helper

The Rolling Stones
Lady Jane

The Dave Clark Five
Satisfied With You

Billy Stewart

Simon & Garfunkel
The Dangling Conversation

Simon & Garfunkel
The Big Bright Green Pleasure Machine

Chad & Jeremy
Distant Shores

Wilson Pickett
Land Of 1000 Dances

Petula Clark
I Couldn't Live Without Your Love

Stevie Wonder
Blowin In The Wind


Alzo said...

Two from 'Goats Head Soup:'
'Hide Your Love'- basic piano blues stomp that really works,
and 'Star Star' which has my favorite guitar break ever.

Anonymous said...

Lotta love for Goats Head Soup on this thread. I wouldn't have expected that.

I chose Starfucker but I prefer the Love You Live version

I'm waiting for Sal to weigh in with "Surprise Surprise":)


danny1959 said...

"Out of Time" and "I Don't Know Why" both from Metamorphosis, an album I've loved since it was released.

Alzo said...

Oh, and how could I forget? Parachute Woman.

RobP57 said...

Child of the moon...Down the road apiece..Under assistant West Coast promo

getawaygoober said...

It's Not Easy.
Blue Oyster Cult used to end their set with this. Eric Bloom and Buck Dharma would duck-walk across the stage together.

Haik Mendelovich said...

Rocks Off!

Anonymous said...

Dear Doctor from Beggars Banquet.

getawaygoober said...

Time Waits for No One

Anonymous said...

OK, since I don't think anyone's mentioned it yet, Moonlight Mile.

And some others from the "last song on side two club":

Goin' Home

Something Happened To Me Yesterday

On With the Show (just kidding, though I'm not as harsh on this record as most. Loved it at the time but I was a junior high acid head. It out-psychedelics Sgt.P & MMT IMHO)

Salt of the Earth

Fingerprint File


steve simels said...

VR -- "Moonlight Mile" (probably my all time fave Stones song) is so gorgeous they made a movie based on it.

buzzbabyjesus said...

"2000 Man" is the best Kinks song they ever wrote.