The Society of Cool!
Your thoughts. I really like the early Rn B....and some later stuff Jumpin Jack Flash, Sympathy for the Devil. Think they hav gone on too long, should hav called it a day and fade away rather than become the Grandads of Rock n Roll! To finish in a credible way.
I have seen the Stones half a dozen times over the last 30 years and have liked them since I was a kid when their stuff was played around the house in the 1960s by my Mum's younger brother. Every time I have seen them I have had the thoughts before-hand that maybe they should chuck it in and that they would look ridiculous and 'old' and be a bit half-arsed. However in every instance I was treated to perhaps the most spectacular and exciting live stage shows I have ever seen. The last couple of tours have earnt them massive amounts of money and have gone on record as some of the most anticipated and subscribed tours in the history of the genre. With that in mind why throw it all in? I know I wouldn't. I am sure Mick and the boys couldn't care less about their detractors. With so many of their contemporaries like Georgie Fame, Alan Price, Zoot Money, The Manfredds and such like lucky to be able to half-fill a local theatre who can blame The Stones for continuing to play arenas and stadiums around the globe. A mate of mine was lucky to see them at a small preview gig at the 100 Club about 10 years back and in a small club were just as amazing as on the big stages too. (Jammy git he was for getting a ticket) I still go and see young bands and bands from my youth too in clubs, pubs and smaller large scale venues but I honestly can say none seem to generate the excitement that bands like The Stones, The Who or McCartney do even at their age.
theyre probably my favourite of all the 60s bands
they had a lot of mod credibility in their early days as well .
as for later stuff after exile on main street they just became caricatures of themselves with nothing new to say and the first football stadium greatest hits band
i dont need to see the firework display finale of jumping jack flash again
also every album after exile apart from perhaps some girls just had about 2 good tracks on it with the rest just filler
but keefs hugely entertaining in his attitude to life and a [ almost ] living legend so i can forgive them
I agree 100% on the quality of their output on record and that perhaps by the early 1970s they had hit a peak that would never really be hit again. However as a live act with or without fireworks they are pretty special and I hope to be able to see them one last time before they do jack it in.
Sorry to back-to-back post but a thought occurred to me. I can honestly say that when I put on a Stones album to listen to it is rarely something like TATTOO YOU or STEEL WHEELS. Generally it is a 60s one like AFTERMATH or BETWEEN THE BUTTONS or a 'Greatest Hits' thing. The same can be said for stuff by other bands contemporary to the Stones so I agree all the way that the 1960s/early 1970s were the 'Golden Age' for the most part for these bands. The second thing that made me smile was that it is an ironic one for any of the guys here to pass judgement one way or the other on The Stones when here we are, including me, 40+ blokes still tearing around on Scooters, wearing parkas and Fred Perrys doing what we did and loved as teenagers. Would we jack it in just beacause friends say "Don't you think it's time to grow old gracefully instead of thinking your still 18?" At least the Stones and their ilk are earning big money for it. I wish I was.
They seem to have finished as recording artists but we what a history of classic tracks and albums
good effort though, 50 years
Absolutely love their ´60s stuff; but they should have packed it in when the Beatles did. Today: a wrinkled spitting image of themselves. Sad.