This Stones song never was a single, but has become a classic. Read the rest of this entry
In 1966, Bob Dylan had a hit with a song from his album Blonde On Blonde. Read the rest of this entry
In 1983, the Rolling Stones released one of their few political songs. Mick Jagger, who wrote the song, was particularly inspired by the book Cities of the red night, which was about government repression. Read the rest of this entry
In 1986, the Smiths had a new album, The Queen Is Dead. Johnny Marr, the guitarist, wanted it to be the first single of the album, as it was their answer to the song Jumpin’ Jack Flash by Rolling Stones. It marked a new sound they had, which caused some problems when they were recording the song. Morrissey, the singer, also sung the high-pitched part in the background. When he had to record his own parts, he kept on laughing, because he heard himself on such a high pitch. Eventually, they put the normal part in during the recording, and later replaced it with the high-pitched version. The lyrics describe the media, and how they can make people mad. In the UK chart, it was a number 26 hit. Enjoy
The Smiths- Bigmouth Strikes Again
In 2014, James Bay already released the song Hold Back The River. In 2013, he played before the Rolling Stones in Hyde Park, and that was one of the boosts his career got. It was written after a show he did, and he wanted to say to all his dear ones that he was very busy, but that they already could stay in touch. The song would be the last song to be added on the album, as he had a small gap on the album. It would be a number 2 hit in the UK. Enjoy
James Bay- Hold Back The River
Some singles become hits while the band doesn’t want the song to be released. This single is part of a concept album, Ogdens’ Nut Gone Flake, and was released in 1968, preceding the album. The Small Faces didn’t want this, but the song became a number 2 hit in the UK. The backing melody has parts of Satisfaction by the Rolling Stones, played on kazoo. The largest part is sung in a cockney accent, due to an argument with the Hollies, who said Marriott (the singer) had never sung in his own accent. Enjoy
The Small Faces- Lazy Sunday
This is a rock song from 1975. That is the year it’s written and recorded by the Arrows. The song was recorded as a reaction the a song by the Rolling Stones, namely It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll (But I Like It). Joan Jett saw them perform on television, and thought it would be a good song to cover. Firstly she covered it with two old Sex Pistols, later with the Blackhearts. This version, from 1981, reached number 1 in the US and number 4 in the UK. Enjoy
Joan Jett & the Blackhearts- I Love Rock N Roll
Today we have a single from 1963, which has been covered a lot of times. The original was sung by Bob & Earl, which made it to number 44 in the US. A later re-release in 1969 made it to the top 10 in the UK. A nice fact is that the single was co-arranged by Barry White and Gene Page. Later, the song was sung by Booker T & The MG’s, The Righteous Brothers, The Belle Stars, The Rolling Stones and Pete Townshend (known from The Who, but here in a band called Deep End). A sample of the first line with horns was used by House of Pain in their hit Jump Around. Today the original! Enjoy
Bob & Earl- Harlem Shuffle
Peter Tosh was a member of Bob Marley & The Wailers, Mick Jagger is a member of The Rolling Stones. Together they recorded a cover version of Don’t Look Back, a Temptations song. Making it a reggae song, they had a (small) hit, depending on the country and chart you watch. I think it’s a nice song, so enjoy
Peter Tosh & Mick Jagger- (You Gotta Walk &) Don’t Look Back
With adding the Beatles to the Hall Of Fame, I should not forget this band! Some say they are better than the Beatles, others say they aren’t. And that’s allowed. Fact is, that in the sixties, you were either fan of the Beatles or the Rolling Stones. I am both, but the conflict has died down a bit. And that’s good, because I really can’t choose. The Beatles are nice boys, making nice songs, but the Rolling Stones are a bit more rough, but also make great music! Thinking about songs as Satisfaction and my personal favourite Paint It Black, I really can’t make up my mind which band is better. They both added something to music, and the Rolling Stones are still great. Rock on, and well deserved: a place in the Hall Of Fame!
And here we go again!
The song of today is made by the band who exists 50 years this year. The year is nearly over, but I still want to make them song of the day!
I’m talking about the band with Mick Jagger, the Rolling Stones!
The trick with the Rolling Stones is that they were the “bad” guys against the Beatles, the “good” guys.
It was an idea of their producer, who first worked with the Beatles, and after that he went to the Rolling Stones. And he could make something of them, yes!
It was not a bad idea, and that’s how they became successful.
The song of the day is the song according to most fans. I like it, too. Paint it black!
Tomorrow the last song of 2012… But there are 365 other songs in 2013!