Back at the beginning there was this manufactured rivalry between the Stones and the Beatles and you were supposed to take sides. I liked them both. Because really they're not competing for the same plinth. The Stones are this great, chugging, coarse-grained rock 'n' roll band and the Beatles are unclassifiable. The Beatles were always trying something new while the Stones have carried on doing the same damn thing for over forty years.
Have Keith and Mick ever received nuff respec for their songwriting? I've been listening to this compliation album called 40 Licks. 40 classic songs- how many songwriters score that high? It puts them right up there with Cole Porter, Stephen Foster, Schubert....
At a recent concert that was this guy sporting a placard which read "Charlie Watts and His Amazing Rolling Stones". That cracked me up.
Mick is a bit of a plank, isn't he?
My five favourite Stones tracks (in no particular order)
1. Ruby Tuesday
2. Mother's little Helper
3. Paint it Black
4. Beast of Burden