2. The Rolling Stones
3rd Place: 0
2nd Place: 1
1st Place: 2
Mick Jagger is one of the highest profile MCC members and afficiandos of Test cricket on the planet. Bill Wyman (or is it Charlie Watts?) is no less keen and by all accounts has within his most treasured possessions one of the best sets of the 148 editions of Wisden known to mankind. It is therefore entirely fitting that the grand old men of rock have done as well as they have in CricketWeb's plebiscite to establish the 50 greatest bands of all time.
It is all a far cry from the early 1960's when, after years of domination by artists who originated on the other side of the pond, what became known as "British Beat" began and started to dominate the charts, first in the UK and then in the US. At the beginning the dominant forces were a clean cut group of Liverpudlians who, as the Beatles, went on to enjoy a modicum of world-wide success and, on the other side of respectability, a bunch of wild, long-haired n'er do wells from London who called themselves the Rolling Stones.
The band were originally formed by Brian Jones, a hugely talented and versatile musician, but the leading members quickly became Jagger and Keith Richard, the pairing responsible for writing the rich legacy of classic rock music that is the Stones' back catalogue. There were consideable tensions between Jones and the other band members that gradually came to dominate Jones' drug-fuelled life, and culminated in his death in 1969, three weeks after he had left the band.
Like the Beatles the Stones had a string of bestselling singles and albums on both sides of the Atlantic. There are far too many releases to start to analyse each and every one but "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" is probably the best known single. My personal favourite is the much covered "Paint it Black". Album wise the Stones could do no wrong in the 1970s each of their seven albums from that decade reaching the top of the US charts. My personal favourite however is "Beggar's Banquet" from 1968, from which came the singles "Street Fighting Man" and "Sympathy for the Devil".
What sets the Stones apart from their contemporaries is their longevity. As the years passed their productivity began to decline, but there has never been a break up, and the band's personnel always centred around the same individuals. The Stones also bucked the trend by still producing the goods long past the age where most rock 'n' rollers are well past it. As late as 1983, with the member of the band entering their fifth decade, the album "Undercover" was still well worth releasing and even the subsequent albums, the last of new material having been released as late as 2005, have their highlights.
While interest in their new material and recordings may have dwindled slightly with the advancing years, the popularity of the Stones' live act has never wavered. The prospect of a band whose lead singer is approaching 70 prancing around a stage much as he did in his twenties is a tad incongruous, but Jagger manages to carry it off effortlessly.
In the 21st Century the Stones are very much part of rock's aristocracy. It seems somewhat bizarre that Jagger, imprisoned for three months in 1967 for possession of drugs (although he only spent one night in HMP Brixton before being released on appeal) should have been offered a knighthood in 2003, and perhaps equally strange, given his anti-establishment credentials, that he should accept. But he did, and the one time enfant terrible of his generation moves in rather different social circles nowadays.
The Rolling Stones : Sympathy For The Devil (live) HQ - YouTube
Mick Jagger: Vocals, 1962-present
Keith Richards: Lead and Rhythm Guitars, 1962-present
Brian Jones: Lead and Rhythm Guitars, 1962-69
Dick Taylor: Bass Guitar, 1962
Tony Chapman: Drums, 1962
Bill Wyman: Bass Guitar, 1963-93
Charlie Watts: Drums, 1963-present
Mick Taylor: Lead and Rhythm Guitars, 1969-75
Ronnie Wood: Lead and Rhythm Guitars 1975-present
Ian Stewart, Chuck Leavell and Daryl Jones have all played with the band for long periods without being official members
NB – UK discography is being used, US releases ignored.
The Rolling Stones (1964)
The Rolling Stones No. 2 (1965)
Out Of Our Heads (1965)
December’s Children (And Everybody’s) (1965)
Between The Buttons (1967)
Their Satanic Majesties Request (1967)
Beggars Banquet (1968)
Let It Bleed (1969)
Sticky Fingers (1971)
Exile On Main St. (1972)
Goats Head Soup (1973)
It’s Only Rock N’ Roll (1974)
Black and Blue (1976)
Some Girls (1978)
Emotional Rescue (1980)
Tattoo You (1981)
Dirty Work (1986)
Steel Wheels (1989)
Voodoo Lounge (1994)
Bridges to Babylon (1997)
A Bigger Bang (2005)
12 live albums, 30 compilation albums
Download these songs:
(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction; Let's Spend the Night Together; Paint it Black; Sympathy for the Devil; Mother's Little Helper; 19th Nervous Breakdown; As Tears Go By; Get Off of My Cloud
Write-up by fredfertang