Monday, August 27, 2007

Once upon a time you dressed so fine

I've never really read Mojo magazine. Back in the days when music was my big thing, I used to read NME, Melody Maker, Select and Vox, but never Mojo. Mojo was for the oldies, it was what the Ex's dad read. But the Stax film the other week was sponsored by Mojo, so we each got a free copy of it, and I've been reading it on my journeys over the past week. And its surprisingly good. I nearly missed my stop the other night, I was so engrossed in an article about Fleetwood Mac! This issue of Mojo was a Rolling Stones special.

I've never been a huge Stones fan. I mean I like them, used to have a 'Best Of' tape and have a few of their songs on my ipod, but I've never really been that into them. I think it might be partly due to them continuing too long, Jaggar becoming almost a parody of his former self and the rather distasteful way he now runs the band as a business (charging the support acts to stay for their concerts!). And Jaggar's outfit in the 'Its Only Rock n Roll But I like It' video, a favourite of the aforementioned Ex's father. It may also have something to do with me actually being scared of Bill Wyman - I used to have nightmares about him when I was a teenager, although obviously I'm long out of this preferred age range for girlfriends now, so I'm probably safe on that score.

But I enjoyed the articles and have been listening to more of their stuff this weekend, discovering some of the 50 Greatest Stones tracks that I didn't know before. The thing that struck me most about the Mojo articles were the photographs and how good they looked. I don't think they were particularly good looking in a traditional handsome way, but together they just looked so right. And their girlfriends too - I've developed a slight crush on Anita Pallenberg in the past few days - I don't want to know if she's become haggard and had an awful life - back then she was stunning.

Last night, we went to see the film 'The Hoax' - it was quite good (the OH loves Howard Hughes - he is his favourite billionaire!) but it ended with 'You Can't Always Get What You Want' which has always been my favourite of their songs, and it sounds particularly good last night.

The question 'Beatles or the Stones?' is often asked and I would always have unwaiveringly said the Beatles, but at the moment I'm not so sure.

9 comments:

northern monkey said...

I so know what you mean about the stones - they seem to have gone on for ever and ever and it's all got a bit farcical...the recent 02 smoking malarky is just sad...

Select magazine - I loved that! When I was at uni one of my housemates used to buy it every month and we'd all steal it to read. Only when we were all done with it, would we take out the posters and decorate our lounge...by the end of the year our lounge was a huge select poster-thon...I'd forgotten about that until just now!

M said...

Overall, I'm not a huge Stones fan, but I do believe that 'Gimme Shelter' is one of the greatest rock songs ever written. It shows up in all the best movies now, too. Classic.

SandDancer said...

NM - Select was great and I made good use of their posters as a student too. I imagine student houses around the country were all decorated with them.

M - 'Gimme Shelter' is my second favourite Stones song, although it was only number 8 in Mojo's Top 50 Stones songs. Its got such a dramatic quality to it, that doesn't lessen no matter how many times you hear it, which makes it ideal for using in films. I've heard it used in a play too.

V*Kstro said...

Oh my, just yesterday morning before I was heading out to work, I decided to stand in front of my CD's. I have those rare times where I get tired of my iPod (always in shuffle) and pick a whole album. This time I picked RS "Sticky Fingers". "You Can't Always Get What You Want" and "Gimme Shelter" are top 10 RS songs. I also love "Wild Horses". And to answer your question on The Beatle vs. RS??? I will always choose The Fab Four! But you do have to give RS credit for hanging in there, despite Jaggar's ways.

Girl*Next*Door said...

Rolling Stones all the way. Love Gimme Shelter & Ruby Tuesday. Fabulous.
My music mag of choice is Q, occasionally NME.

Roses said...

Hmmm...

Thanks for that. I'll keep an eye out for the mag in question.

For me it'll always be the Beatles. But I agree 'You can't always get what you want' always strikes a cord; as does 'Wild Horses'. 'Jumping Jack Flash' always makes me want to do the Drunk Grandad Dance, no matter who's watching.

Roses said...

Now listening to their Greatest Hits (stones that is) and I've changed my mind.

'Get off my Cloud' totally rocks!

SandDancer said...

'Get Off My Cloud' does totally rock!

I think it is easy to forget how good they actually are, probably because they've stuck around so long that they get taken for granted.

cogidubnus said...

Back then in the early 60s it was the Beatles for me...but then I grew up!

Yes the Beatles did some really great and (for the times inventive) stuff, but I think you can only fully appreciate the Stones from a more mature outlook...also at the time it seemed there was such a surfeit of talent around one took them a bit for granted...

From a distance of forty years some of that talent doesn't sound anywhere so appealling but hey that's life - we change.