Saturday, August 02, 2008

Top 40 at 40 #5

#5 The Rolling Stones Can't You Hear Me Knocking 1971

Let's face it. The Stones never pulled a punch, and this song is a Knockout blow 15 seconds into the first round. A seminal cut from Sticky Fingers, Can't You Hear Me Knocking has everything...raw cut open and bled out blues riffs, cocaine eyes and speed freak jive, a freak-out rhythmic jam smattered with a sax solo.....its the driving force of a hundred rock songs packed into one 7 minute opus.....and I cannot think of one other Stones song that stumbles into a jam...The Stones as a jam band? Who knew?

And we boogied down didn't we, my love beaded brethren...because if this cut didn't put your bell bottoms in a swirl, nothing did.
What a great story as well...Guy(presumably Mick or Keef) falls for some piece of ass with nasty boots and a stash of narcotic loot. Guy gets hooked...he loses himself and then disappears. Guy gets needy. Shows up and starts singing, ringing banging on her door...looking for more toot or more tail..the double entendres prevail...she ain't answering and the song ensues.
Brilliant dirty drug stained rock mined from the source of those dubious, dusted up Glimmer Twins....taking me along as some shady Aquarian wingman as we traverse from wrong door to wrong door looking to score...what it is we're hoping to score doesn't really matter....Baby please throw us down the keys and lets party....We'll worry about kicking later.

The Rolling Stones from 1969 to 1974 could not be stopped.....From Let It Bleed(which made fun of the title Let It Be), to Sticky Fingers to Exile On Main Street to Goats Head Soup to Its Only Rock and Roll.......WOW.. what a run .....don't know if we'll ever see a run like that again....definitely know that we'll never hear a song like this again.........

I've seen the Stones live 4 times for a grand total of about 700 dollars....Steel Wheels('88), Voodoo Lounge, Bridges to Babylon and Bigger Bang(2006)....they look like Crypt-keepers up there now but still rock fantastically for 3 hrs straight.

Top 5 Rolling Stones Songs
1) Can't You Hear Me Knocking
2) Loving Cup(Exile)
3) Can't You Hear the Music(Goats Head Soup)
4) Moonlight Mile (Sticky Fingers)
5) Star Star(Goats Head Soup)

Honorables: Monkey Man, Rocks Off, Coming Down Again, Let it Loose, Live With Me, You Got the Silver, Shattered, Torn and Frayed, Parachute Woman, All Down the Line, Shine A Light......and on and on and on.....
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