Monday, April 30, 2012
"Dog S**T In The Doorway"
The title is how Keith Richards famously referred to Mick Jagger's solo album, "Goddess In The Doorway." That's no surprise. Jagger could have released "Sticky Fingers 2," and ol' Keef would have reacted the same way. I didn't hate "Goddess In The Doorway." As a matter of fact, I thought the second single "Visions Of Paradise" was a perfectly crafted, rock ballad.
The single only made it to 43 on the Billboard Top 100. Again, no surprise. The top 10 singles of 2001 included Alicia Keys, Lifehouse, Train, J. Lo, Janet Jackson and Dido. (And we complain about the 80s!) But the real memories I have are of Stones fans stepping up to the counter at my shop and reacting to the song with the same emotion one usually reserves for a hot Vicks enema.
If you compare a high-gloss, radio-friendly track by a preening, aging rock star to a version of "Little Red Rooster" recorded almost 40 years prior, you might find yourself leaning toward the primal sounds of the former. But, as a music lover, I'm always a bit baffled by other music lovers' resistance to pop music.
Solo work from an established and successful band member is always a target, regardless of how good it might be. I'm not calling Jagger's solo work brilliant. 1987's "Primitive Cool" is about as thin and calculated as Bono's Live-Aid hug and his most recent project, SuperHeavy was downright awful. But if a member of the Rolling Stones decides to branch out on his own and release records that sound just like the Stones, like say Keith Richards did, what is the point really? That said, I think both of Keef's solo records are better than anything the Stones or Jagger released since "Steel Wheels." But, I don't have an aversion to Jagger's attempts at something else simply because they are Jagger's attempts at something else. And I think "Goddess In The Doorway" was mostly good.
The single is below. It certainly isn't any worse than any of the Stones singles of the last 25 years, all of which have more street cred.