Wednesday, November 21, 2012
There's a moment in "Crossfire Hurricane," the new HBO documentary on the Rolling Stones, where you see and hear the band go from the greatest live rock and roll band to the worst. It's a transition that is not quite as subtle as it should be.
As I've mentioned here many times before, I am not one of those who thinks the Stones world ends with "Exile On Main Street." There is plenty of damn fine music to be had right on through 1989's "Steel Wheels." But, while watching the live clips one after another, and seeing it stacked so obviously before my eyes, the minute Ronnie Wood is introduced just 2 short years after Mick Taylor quits, the band instantaneously becomes a stiff parody of themselves. Just my opinion.
Someone please explain to me the excitement over iTunes holdouts AC/DC finally getting their catalogue up for purchase? I've had a number of friends mention this as if they could finally breathe easy. I love this band and if you do too, why are compressed downloads at $10 a pop, more thrilling than every one of their remastered CDs being available for years for as low as $3 used and $8 new? Unless of course, you just want to pick and choose a few tunes at $1.29 a pop. (I might have answered my own question.)
I listened to the new Scott Walker record "Bish Bosch." It made me very nervous and yet I couldn't take it off. One friend said, "He is a true original," to which I replied, "An original what?"
Here's Scott Walker, 1966
Here's Scott Walker, 2012. Good luck,