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Re: Paul McCartney has a top 5 single...While Mick Jagger is happy having the Stones be an oldies act
Posted by: treaclefingers ()
Date: February 27, 2015 16:04

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James Kirk
For the record when I started this thread my intention wasn't to discuss the success of Paul McCartney. My intention was simply to contrast McCartney's continuing creativity to the Stones total lack of output + continued repeating off themselves on the road doing nearly the same exact show year after year. You could substitute Bruce Springsteen or any number of other artists and the argument would still be valid.

The Stones are in a unique position to at least attempt to grow this music up with mature rock/blues records, but unlike McCartney they simply don't try. They just use their iconic brand to sell wildly expensive concert tickets to line their pockets...They are taking the easy way out.

They still have enough credibility to make albums that matter (like Bob Dylan for example) but they prefer to charge fans $500 to hear them sing "It's Only Rock + Roll" AGAIN and not even try to be creative.

You could look at it from a completely different perspective as well, which is to say that 50+ years on, and even with some diminished capacity, they are the biggest and best live act around, maybe ever.

We can quibble about whether they delve deep enough into their catalogue or not, that's fine, but they have one of the finest if not the finest catalogue of music of which to draw from and are able to perform at a high level well into their 70s.`

As far as creativity and 'new music' is concerned, as has been observed they are still individually creative, but perhaps collectively that muse has passed a long time ago for various reasons.

It's not as though McCartney, or any other legendary performer is out there playing 50% new material in their set list, so what is the big deal?

Why continue to lament about things that are not remotely within your control?

Re: Paul McCartney has a top 5 single...While Mick Jagger is happy having the Stones be an oldies act
Posted by: frankotero ()
Date: February 27, 2015 16:07

Well said James Kirk. But no matter how well you lay it out someone is always going to disagree. Maybe they're blindly in love with The Stones, who knows. As much as I love them myself I won't have a hard time letting this up-coming tour pass me by. This is a first for me as I'm hardcore. To be honest I prefer the way Paul treats his fans. I don't feel screwed by him.Ticket prices/availability and plenty of new releases, not just re-issues. I like it.

Re: Paul McCartney has a top 5 single...While Mick Jagger is happy having the Stones be an oldies act
Posted by: MrThompsonWooft ()
Date: February 27, 2015 16:38

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James Kirk
For the record when I started this thread my intention wasn't to discuss the success of Paul McCartney. My intention was simply to contrast McCartney's continuing creativity to the Stones total lack of output + continued repeating off themselves on the road doing nearly the same exact show year after year. You could substitute Bruce Springsteen or any number of other artists and the argument would still be valid.

The Stones are in a unique position to at least attempt to grow this music up with mature rock/blues records, but unlike McCartney they simply don't try. They just use their iconic brand to sell wildly expensive concert tickets to line their pockets...They are taking the easy way out.

They still have enough credibility to make albums that matter (like Bob Dylan for example) but they prefer to charge fans $500 to hear them sing "It's Only Rock + Roll" AGAIN and not even try to be creative.

You could look at it from a completely different perspective as well, which is to say that 50+ years on, and even with some diminished capacity, they are the biggest and best live act around, maybe ever.

We can quibble about whether they delve deep enough into their catalogue or not, that's fine, but they have one of the finest if not the finest catalogue of music of which to draw from and are able to perform at a high level well into their 70s.`

As far as creativity and 'new music' is concerned, as has been observed they are still individually creative, but perhaps collectively that muse has passed a long time ago for various reasons.

It's not as though McCartney, or any other legendary performer is out there playing 50% new material in their set list, so what is the big deal?

Why continue to lament about things that are not remotely within your control?


Because some Stones are clearly obsessed with Paul McCartney. He seems to be the first thing they think about in the morning and the last thing at night.

Re: Paul McCartney has a top 5 single...While Mick Jagger is happy having the Stones be an oldies act
Posted by: Eleanor Rigby ()
Date: February 27, 2015 16:41

Paul McCartney's legacy to music and life will live longer than any Rolling Stone...that is a FACT.

bye bye...

Re: Paul McCartney has a top 5 single...While Mick Jagger is happy having the Stones be an oldies act
Posted by: alhavu1 ()
Date: February 27, 2015 17:07

Correct. a legacy of boring, safe pop elevator muzak

Re: Paul McCartney has a top 5 single...While Mick Jagger is happy having the Stones be an oldies act
Posted by: dcba ()
Date: February 27, 2015 17:31

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Correct. a legacy of boring, safe pop elevator muzak

I wouldn't go that far but just compare PIBlack to "Blackbird" and you'll see where the grandness lies.
Macca is an honest craftsman of harmless silly/funny campfire songs. The Stones created songs that make an impression on you (PIB SFTD MR GS).

Hadn't the Stones been around, most people and critics would today consider "Helter Skelter" as the scariest rock song of the 60's.

Re: Paul McCartney has a top 5 single...While Mick Jagger is happy having the Stones be an oldies act
Posted by: MrThompsonWooft ()
Date: February 27, 2015 17:40

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Correct. a legacy of boring, safe pop elevator muzak

I wouldn't go that far but just compare PIBlack to "Blackbird" and you'll see where the grandness lies.
Macca is an honest craftsman of harmless silly/funny campfire songs. The Stones created songs that make an impression on you (PIB SFTD MR GS).

Hadn't the Stones been around, most people and critics would today consider "Helter Skelter" as the scariest rock song of the 60's.

Are you really saying that McCartneys songs have not made an impression?

Re: Paul McCartney has a top 5 single...While Mick Jagger is happy having the Stones be an oldies act
Posted by: Boognish ()
Date: February 27, 2015 17:53

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compare PIBlack to "Blackbird" and you'll see where the grandness lies.
Macca is an honest craftsman of harmless silly/funny campfire songs.
Do you even know what Blackbird is about?
edit: obviously you don't if you think it's a "silly/funny campfire song".



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Re: Paul McCartney has a top 5 single...While Mick Jagger is happy having the Stones be an oldies act
Posted by: Boognish ()
Date: February 27, 2015 18:04

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Are you really saying that McCartneys songs have not made an impression?
While most people believe that Charles Manson was influenced by Blackbird and Helter Skelter, his true rage and philosophical theories are based on the Rolling Stones' jingle for Rice Crispies.

Re: Paul McCartney has a top 5 single...While Mick Jagger is happy having the Stones be an oldies act
Posted by: BowieStone ()
Date: February 27, 2015 18:54

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Why is it always Jaggers fault? If the stones was the only thing he did, the stones would be more than a nostalgia band. But the man has a lot of interests.

I think Keith is the most happy. He hasn't written a complete song in, what, 20 years?

He has just completed an album with new songs + he wrote OMS in 2012.

He wrote (half of) OMS in 1987 or 1988. Mick wrote the other half in 2012.
The album with new songs: probably his riffs made into songs by Steve Jordan (?).
Keith can't write a song on his own (anymore).

Re: Paul McCartney has a top 5 single...While Mick Jagger is happy having the Stones be an oldies act
Posted by: alhavu1 ()
Date: February 27, 2015 18:58

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Correct. a legacy of boring, safe pop elevator muzak

I wouldn't go that far but just compare PIBlack to "Blackbird" and you'll see where the grandness lies.
Macca is an honest craftsman of harmless silly/funny campfire songs. The Stones created songs that make an impression on you (PIB SFTD MR GS).

Hadn't the Stones been around, most people and critics would today consider "Helter Skelter" as the scariest rock song of the 60's.

Right on...

Re: Paul McCartney has a top 5 single...While Mick Jagger is happy having the Stones be an oldies act
Posted by: RomanCandle ()
Date: February 27, 2015 19:27

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James Kirk
For the record when I started this thread my intention wasn't to discuss the success of Paul McCartney. My intention was simply to contrast McCartney's continuing creativity to the Stones total lack of output + continued repeating off themselves on the road doing nearly the same exact show year after year. You could substitute Bruce Springsteen or any number of other artists and the argument would still be valid.

The Stones are in a unique position to at least attempt to grow this music up with mature rock/blues records, but unlike McCartney they simply don't try. They just use their iconic brand to sell wildly expensive concert tickets to line their pockets...They are taking the easy way out.

They still have enough credibility to make albums that matter (like Bob Dylan for example) but they prefer to charge fans $500 to hear them sing "It's Only Rock + Roll" AGAIN and not even try to be creative.

No one is forced to buy the tickets or to even listen to their music. They do
what they do for their own reasons, and so do we all. It seems to me to be pointless to compare the Stones to individual artists. It's not at all the same.

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James Kirk
For the record when I started this thread my intention wasn't to discuss the success of Paul McCartney. My intention was simply to contrast McCartney's continuing creativity to the Stones total lack of output + continued repeating
off themselves on the road doing nearly the same exact show year after year. You could substitute Bruce Springsteen or any number of other artists and the argument would still be valid.

The Stones are in a unique position to at least attempt to grow this music up with mature rock/blues records, but unlike McCartney they simply don't try. They just use their iconic brand to sell wildly expensive concert tickets to line their pockets...They are taking the easy way out.

They still have enough credibility to make albums that matter (like Bob Dylan for example) but they prefer to charge fans $500 to hear them sing "It's Only Rock + Roll" AGAIN and not even try to be creative.

No one is forced to buy the tickets or to even listen to their music. They do what they do for their own reasons, and so do we all. It seems to me to be pointless to compare the Stones to individual artists. It's not at all the same.

Yeah why would they try to be creative when they can play for people who
spend more time posting pictures of their VIP pass on Instagram than listening to blues records? (bankers and models) smiling bouncing smiley

Re: Paul McCartney has a top 5 single...While Mick Jagger is happy having the Stones be an oldies act
Posted by: jlowe ()
Date: February 27, 2015 19:34

When it comes to the issue of creativity / motivation / writers block or whatever it seems perfectly legitimate to compare a band to a solo act.
The only difference is in the latter they are running the show, without the need to consult, compromise etc.
Its only speculation, but it must be possible for the individual Glimmers to work up a nearly completed song, then going into the studio with the other twin (and of course other band members + the technical guys) to produce the finished version.
The Beatles did that in their last couple of years, in the main.
Relationships between those guys were hardly harmonious...witness the Let It Be film.
Yet they went on to produce Abbey Road, one of their best achievements, imo.

Re: Paul McCartney has a top 5 single...While Mick Jagger is happy having the Stones be an oldies act
Posted by: billwebster ()
Date: February 27, 2015 19:40

The Rolling Stones were not an "oldies act" when they released their most recent single, "Doom And Gloom". That one sounded very contemporary. Enough said.

Re: Paul McCartney has a top 5 single...While Mick Jagger is happy having the Stones be an oldies act
Posted by: caschimann ()
Date: February 27, 2015 19:54

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"Peace everybody - peace - cool it - everybody - stop pushing each other - cool it, everybody, pleeaaase!"

Altamount Speedway, December 1969.

IF THOSE CATS DON'T STOP IT, MAN...

If you don´t stop it we won´t carry on - so stop it - pleeease - I beg you, - everybody- cool it please -

Same Speedway, same month

Re: Paul McCartney has a top 5 single...While Mick Jagger is happy having the Stones be an oldies act
Posted by: Boognish ()
Date: February 27, 2015 20:03

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The Rolling Stones were not an "oldies act" when they released their most recent single, "Doom And Gloom". That one sounded very contemporary. Enough said.
So why didn't they follow up on that contemporary sound? Where's a new album to show us that they still got it and they still have something relevant to say? Where's their contribution to today's musical landscape? It's nowhere and it's been nowhere for a long time. In other words, they're an oldies act. The truth hurts. I love The Stones and I would love for them to prove us all wrong by being artists (isn't that what they are? were?) and making new and interesting art for us to enjoy. If not then that's fine, I'll enjoy hearing the same ol' song and dance in concert with a little sadness that their creative juices are gone.

Re: Paul McCartney has a top 5 single...While Mick Jagger is happy having the Stones be an oldies act
Posted by: dcba ()
Date: February 27, 2015 20:20

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Boognish

edit: obviously you don't if you think it's a "silly/funny campfire song".

I do know what it means and that's precisely what I hate about the Beatles : using double-entendres to deal with hot topics and at the same time not wanting to face the enemy.

When Jagger refers to Angela Davis' imprisonement he sings "Free the sweet black slave" (and during the Seattle'72 late gig he added "Who got free today? Angela Davis got free today").

Macca would have written "Last night I dreamt the black dove from Alabama was flying freely in the sky". Not the same impact. When you deal with political topics you need to hit the object of your attack hard.

Dylan proved this with "Hattie Carroll" in 1964. Jagger learnt the lesson. Macca was a coward.

Re: Paul McCartney has a top 5 single...While Mick Jagger is happy having the Stones be an oldies act
Posted by: Naturalust ()
Date: February 27, 2015 20:47

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Boognish

edit: obviously you don't if you think it's a "silly/funny campfire song".

I do know what it means and that's precisely what I hate about the Beatles : using double-entendres to deal with hot topics and at the same time not wanting to face the enemy.

When Jagger refers to Angela Davis' imprisonement he sings "Free the sweet black slave" (and during the Seattle'72 late gig he added "Who got free today? Angela Davis got free today").

Macca would have written "Last night I dreamt the black dove from Alabama was flying freely in the sky". Not the same impact. When you deal with political topics you need to hit the object of your attack hard.

Dylan proved this with "Hattie Carroll" in 1964. Jagger learnt the lesson. Macca was a coward.

Thank God everybody's not giving the same treatment to their songs and all songs aren't political statements. If I want direct powerful political statements music isn't the media I turn to. peace

Re: Paul McCartney has a top 5 single...While Mick Jagger is happy having the Stones be an oldies act
Posted by: camper88 ()
Date: February 27, 2015 20:57

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Re: Paul McCartney has a top 5 single...While Mick Jagger is happy having the Stones be an oldies act
Posted by: Boognish ()
Date: February 27, 2015 21:11

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Boognish

edit: obviously you don't if you think it's a "silly/funny campfire song".

I do know what it means and that's precisely what I hate about the Beatles : using double-entendres to deal with hot topics and at the same time not wanting to face the enemy.

When Jagger refers to Angela Davis' imprisonement he sings "Free the sweet black slave" (and during the Seattle'72 late gig he added "Who got free today? Angela Davis got free today").

Macca would have written "Last night I dreamt the black dove from Alabama was flying freely in the sky". Not the same impact. When you deal with political topics you need to hit the object of your attack hard.

Dylan proved this with "Hattie Carroll" in 1964. Jagger learnt the lesson. Macca was a coward.
McCartney wrote his message in a subtle way. Nothing wrong with that. It's art. Sometimes less is more. And in terms of impact, if one was to compare how many times Blackbird was performed at civil rights events or used in documentaries about civil rights vs. how many times Sweet Black Angel was performed/used, I'd put my money on the former.



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Re: Paul McCartney has a top 5 single...While Mick Jagger is happy having the Stones be an oldies act
Posted by: buttons67 ()
Date: February 27, 2015 21:14

not really a fan of mccartney, thought the beatles were overrated, very good but not as great as some make out. the stones songwriting eventually became stronger, more versatile and lasted much longer, the beatles made good tunes some very catchy but they always lacked that edgyiness to thier sound that the stones had. also the stones have many songs that have thier own atmosphere and make it sound as if your listening to a different band from song to song, where as the beatles had the same sound in most of thier records.

its dissapointing the stones dont make records anymore or the setlists dont change but these guys are still on the go after nearly 53 years, isnt it enough just to be glad they are still touring. you cant argue with the stones back catalogue, the setlists never do it justice, there isnt a band that comes remotely close to the stones.

i will enjoy them while they last, one day it will all be over.

Re: Paul McCartney has a top 5 single...While Mick Jagger is happy having the Stones be an oldies act
Posted by: dmay ()
Date: February 27, 2015 21:18

I love the pix of Keith with the Beatles sign. A great visual depiction of irony.

Re: Paul McCartney has a top 5 single...While Mick Jagger is happy having the Stones be an oldies act
Posted by: Boognish ()
Date: February 27, 2015 21:27

The thing that confuses me is when people get offended and upset and defensive when The Stones are called an "oldies" act. For me, when I think of The Stones today and the past few years, the feeling I get is frustration. I want to see them contributing to the musical landscape like their contemparies are, but they're not. Do they not have the balls for it? Years ago they made an effort in trying something "new" (Might As Well Get Juiced) and how many people here love that song? Not a lot, I bet. They were sh*t on for it. So I get that maybe they're apprehensive about making an effort to be relevent. Let's face it, it takes balls for a 60's "oldies" act to do something new when they have a large and impressive back catalogue that they can rely on for the rest of their lives. I remember when I saw Neil Young on his Greendale tour and he was playing the ENTIRE album, an album that wasn't even released at the time. It might not be his best work but he still had the artistic balls to get out there and do it, especially in a concert setting. I respect that. He could tour his old songs until the day he dies and never release another album again. Is that where the Stones are heading? Is that where they are now? Is that where they've been for awhile?

As a Stones fan, I'm frustrated.



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Re: Paul McCartney has a top 5 single...While Mick Jagger is happy having the Stones be an oldies act
Posted by: RomanCandle ()
Date: February 27, 2015 21:49

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edit: obviously you don't if you think it's a "silly/funny campfire song".

When you deal with political topics you need to hit the object of your attack hard



Re: Paul McCartney has a top 5 single...While Mick Jagger is happy having the Stones be an oldies act
Posted by: dmay ()
Date: February 27, 2015 22:16

Re the Dead Kennedys Nazi Punks: Not to knock anyone's taste - we all have our likes and dislikes - but it's still amazing to me how some bands try to pass off sh*t for shock or some kind of artistic statement and people fall for it.

Re: Paul McCartney has a top 5 single...While Mick Jagger is happy having the Stones be an oldies act
Posted by: treaclefingers ()
Date: February 27, 2015 22:38

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dmay
Re the Dead Kennedys Nazi Punks: Not to knock anyone's taste - we all have our likes and dislikes - but it's still amazing to me how some bands try to pass off sh*t for shock or some kind of artistic statement and people fall for it.

Don`t you remember your Dad telling you that when you were listening to Brown Sugar?

Re: Paul McCartney has a top 5 single...While Mick Jagger is happy having the Stones be an oldies act
Posted by: RomanCandle ()
Date: February 27, 2015 23:01

Don't you remember what the critics thought of Mahler's First? smoking smiley



Re: Paul McCartney has a top 5 single...While Mick Jagger is happy having the Stones be an oldies act
Posted by: palerider22 ()
Date: February 27, 2015 23:46

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Yes, i am upset and Rolling Stones do not move me too much these last years. I did't attend any show of these last tours.
I need some fresh music and some improvement on the guitar section. They should work on a new album and tour playing some new songs.


The Stones are not able to make good music anymore. They have tried. They are my favorite band ever by far but I can't figure them out. They have played basically the same concert now for quarter of a century and now plan on doing it some more.

I can't believe that any of them want to keep doing this, it got boring decades ago. I can't believe that Mick and Keith would rather just do the same thi9ng over and over again before doing something new on their own.

It's interesting that some fans think the Stones are boring - you wonder if they've actually seen the group. I go to dozens of concerts every year by all kinds of acts. But, I look at this clip of the Stones at their most recent show in Auckland - with the epic Mick Taylor solo, and Jagger on the mini-stage, as sheets of rain fall - and "boring" is the last thing that comes to mind. In fact, I can't think of anyone that is anywhere near this good. I took this video, by the way, and as great as it is, it doesn't capture how amazing it was to see it live.



Yup....

Re: Paul McCartney has a top 5 single...While Mick Jagger is happy having the Stones be an oldies act
Posted by: dmay ()
Date: February 27, 2015 23:50

From treaclefingers re my comment on the Dead Kennedys - "Don`t you remember your Dad telling you that when you were listening to Brown Sugar?"

Actually, what dad said, much earlier, was, while watching the Ed SUllivan show here in the U-S-of-A back in the day, one time when the Stones came on: "Look at them. Just look at them. They're disgusting. Why don't you like those nice looking boys, those Beatles." My fate was sealed. A Stones fan forever.

Dad later said, when I played Dylan's "Bringing It All Back Home" album, the album that hooked me on Dylan because of the beauty of "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue", foremost among the songs, along with "She Belongs To Me", "Love Minus Zero", and the still relevant "It's Alright Ma", dad's comment on hearing Dylan's voice was, "He sounds like a chicken with its head cut off". You go figure what that line means. Oddly enough, when as a sullen teen I chafed at doing chores around the house or paying attention to the parents, me dad would sing out to me re my chafing, "I ain't gonna work on daddy's farm no more", making up his own version of Dylan's song. So, apparently, the old fluck had paid attention to Bob.

Re: Paul McCartney has a top 5 single...While Mick Jagger is happy having the Stones be an oldies act
Posted by: treaclefingers ()
Date: February 28, 2015 00:27

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From treaclefingers re my comment on the Dead Kennedys - "Don`t you remember your Dad telling you that when you were listening to Brown Sugar?"

Actually, what dad said, much earlier, was, while watching the Ed SUllivan show here in the U-S-of-A back in the day, one time when the Stones came on: "Look at them. Just look at them. They're disgusting. Why don't you like those nice looking boys, those Beatles." My fate was sealed. A Stones fan forever.

Dad later said, when I played Dylan's "Bringing It All Back Home" album, the album that hooked me on Dylan because of the beauty of "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue", foremost among the songs, along with "She Belongs To Me", "Love Minus Zero", and the still relevant "It's Alright Ma", dad's comment on hearing Dylan's voice was, "He sounds like a chicken with its head cut off". You go figure what that line means. Oddly enough, when as a sullen teen I chafed at doing chores around the house or paying attention to the parents, me dad would sing out to me re my chafing, "I ain't gonna work on daddy's farm no more", making up his own version of Dylan's song. So, apparently, the old fluck had paid attention to Bob.

It was difficult to pick a Stones 'period' to pick a song from, so I kind of went, "late classic".

But yeah, stuff we love kids think is old folks music. And you realize that when your children grow up, stuff like Kanye will be considered 'classic' and their kids will look at it like 'grandpa music'.

You see the classic reactions of parents to what their kids listen to through the ages...it's deja vu all over again!

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