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2012-08-26 11:53:16 PM  
Who?
 
2012-08-27 12:08:11 AM  

fusillade762: Who?

Some band that was around before Dexy's Midnight Runners.
 
2012-08-27 12:12:45 AM  
They were barely relevant when I was in high school.
 
2012-08-27 12:13:32 AM  
Goonie's fave Stones song: "Citadel" from Satanic Majesties

/just sayin'
 
2012-08-27 12:14:48 AM  
Was this before The Human League invented music?
 
2012-08-27 12:16:36 AM  
I'm okay with this.
 
2012-08-27 12:16:44 AM  

sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net


/axl rose 4evuh
 
2012-08-27 12:18:09 AM  

fusillade762: Who?

Some British band who stole the best parts of (black and poor white) American music, repackaged it, and sold it right back to (middle class and upper class white) Americans.
 
2012-08-27 12:19:49 AM  
 
2012-08-27 12:21:25 AM  
Everyone knows that the best album is "Exile."
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2012-08-27 12:26:58 AM  
No Dire Straits Alchemy, no peace.
 
2012-08-27 12:27:04 AM  
As a Stones fan I think the top nine are okay, but I'd put 'It's Only Rock And Roll' and 'Undercover' over 'Their Satanic Majesties Request'. It's really not that great.

Good to see 'Black And Blue' getting some love. Great album.
 
2012-08-27 12:29:16 AM  
Not bad but top 3 is in the wrong order.

3. Exile
2. Let it Bleed
1. Sticky Fingers.


Exile has some fantastic songs (Loving Cup is one of my favorites) but like the band and the sessions that produced it - it's unfocused and suffers a bit IMO (I know that's heresy for a Stones fan to say that.)

Let it Bleed was the Stones saying goodbye to the 60's

Sticky Fingers is simply phenomenal.
 
2012-08-27 12:30:01 AM  

Rex Rexroth: No Dire Straits Alchemy, no peace.

 

Holy shazbot - Rolling Stones Albums? Goats Head Soup is #1 with a (Son of Sam) Bullet
 
2012-08-27 12:33:10 AM  
Trans?
 
2012-08-27 12:44:19 AM  
3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-08-27 12:44:53 AM  
Sorry, I'm waiting for the top 10 list of wax cylinder recordings.
 
2012-08-27 12:44:56 AM  
Goat's Head Soup had Star Farker.

Good song.

/still hoping for an official release of Cocksucker Blues one day.
 
2012-08-27 12:53:50 AM  
I don't want to hear a peep out of Mick Jagger unless it involves the words "Freejack 2."
 
2012-08-27 12:54:51 AM  
List fails because it includes Ron Wood-era albums and has 5 albums too many (3 and 4 are interchangeable):

1. Exile on Main Street
2. Sticky Fingers
3. Beggar's Banquet
4. Let it Bleed
5. Aftermath
 
2012-08-27 12:58:51 AM  

FirstNationalBastard: Goat's Head Soup had Star Farker.

Good song.

/still hoping for an official release of Cocksucker Blues one day.


And Memo from Turner
 
2012-08-27 01:20:37 AM  
Most overrated albums:

1. Exile on Main Street (Sticky Fingers is better, has better highs and no filler)
2. London Calling (Give 'em Enough Rope and the US version of the The Clash kick the snot out of this; as the headline for the NME review put it "Give 'em Enough Dope and they turn in to the Rolling Stones")
3. Kid A (Better than The Bends or especially OK Computer? Hahahahaha, please)

In any case, the Stones were a singles band, not that there's anything wrong with that.

/Seriously, CCR were too and they were awesome
 
2012-08-27 01:21:21 AM  
Never understood the love for the Exile album. It's a different sounding Stones album but not one I've liked. For those who love this album, what am I not picking up on? I like Sticky Fingers, Let It Bleed, Tattoo You and Some Girls. They need to be (and are) on that list. I'm gonna question Black and Blue being in the top ten too.
 
2012-08-27 01:28:50 AM  

TheVeryDeadIanMartin: List fails because it includes Ron Wood-era albums and has 5 albums too many (3 and 4 are interchangeable):

1. Exile on Main Street
2. Sticky Fingers
3. Beggar's Banquet
4. Let it Bleed
5. Aftermath


I agree completely. Difficult to narrow down, kind of like Beatles and Beach Boys. Which would you rank as top 5 for them?
 
2012-08-27 01:32:04 AM  

TheVeryDeadIanMartin: List fails because it includes Ron Wood-era albums and has 5 albums too many (3 and 4 are interchangeable):

1. Exile on Main Street
2. Sticky Fingers
3. Beggar's Banquet
4. Let it Bleed
5. Aftermath


You sound like your glasses sport ironically oversized frames.
 
2012-08-27 01:35:06 AM  
Let It Bleed is my favourite. I just love that farking album. Bought it at one of those kiosks they had at the universities back in the 1990s where some guy is selling CDs. Probably don't have those now, in the age of iTunes. Pity. Picked up so much awesome there.
 
2012-08-27 01:42:14 AM  
Gotta say, as good as these albums can be, the cover art was atrocious. The Stones had not one single classic album cover. Exile comes closest, but even Liz Phai's is better.
 
2012-08-27 01:57:09 AM  
drop Black and Blue, sub Between the Buttons
 
2012-08-27 02:14:36 AM  

Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: The Stones had not one single classic album cover.


In lists of best album covers there's usually at lest a couple Stones album covers included.
 
2012-08-27 02:37:51 AM  
Steel wheels.
 
2012-08-27 02:39:24 AM  

urban.derelict: [sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net image 720x713]
/axl rose 4evuh


The international version was never censored. Glad to have my copy from over in Japan.
 
2012-08-27 02:40:10 AM  
Why do they have their own magazine again? I can only name one of their songs. They did do Paint It Black, right?
 
2012-08-27 02:43:47 AM  

WhyteRaven74: Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: The Stones had not one single classic album cover.

In lists of best album covers there's usually at lest a couple Stones album covers included.


It's usually Sticky Fingers and Exile, but more because of their content. If they were released by lesser band they certainly wouldn't be on those lists. Meanwhile the coVers of the likes of Let It Bleed and Beggars Banquet are embarrassing.
 
2012-08-27 03:01:05 AM  
I can't argue with the list except for Satanic Majesty's Request. That album was a suckfest.
 
2012-08-27 03:11:12 AM  
I've said this in every RS thread:

Sticky Fingers is simply the most desperate, boozy, ultra-rock and/or roll ever made. And "Can't You Hear Me Knockin'" is emblematic of this. You can smell the booze and resentment spinning off the album itself.

Honorable mention: Exile. Because seriously, who doesn't love that album?

Honorable mention #2: Some Girls.

After that, aside from some good tracks here and there, meh, they became a mockery of themselves. But up to that point they truly were the Greatest Rock and Roll Band in the world.
 
2012-08-27 03:15:21 AM  

thesharkman: Never understood the love for the Exile album. It's a different sounding Stones album but not one I've liked. For those who love this album, what am I not picking up on? I like Sticky Fingers, Let It Bleed, Tattoo You and Some Girls. They need to be (and are) on that list. I'm gonna question Black and Blue being in the top ten too.


Exile just rocks until the wheels fall off. But we all have different opinions, hence this being a Fark thread,
 
2012-08-27 03:15:31 AM  
Needs more Brian Jones, less everything after he was fired.

/I am a geezer.
 
2012-08-27 03:16:39 AM  

dickfreckle: I've said this in every RS thread:

Sticky Fingers is simply the most desperate, boozy, ultra-rock and/or roll ever made. And "Can't You Hear Me Knockin'" is emblematic of this. You can smell the booze and resentment spinning off the album itself.

Honorable mention: Exile. Because seriously, who doesn't love that album?

Honorable mention #2: Some Girls.

After that, aside from some good tracks here and there, meh, they became a mockery of themselves. But up to that point they truly were the Greatest Rock and Roll Band in the world.


This is why I hold Steel Wheels above it. They finally come into their sober own.
 
2012-08-27 03:25:23 AM  

Henry Holland: In any case, the Stones were a singles band, not that there's anything wrong with that.


I agree with some other points you made, but this one? Nubian please. The Stones' best work is the stuff you never heard on the radio, growing up. It's also why watching them play their hits at Super Bowls is infinitely depressing.

Btw, who wasn't a singles band, then?
 
2012-08-27 03:26:24 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: This is why I hold Steel Wheels above it. They finally come into their sober own.


And it's precisely when they started to suck. Sorry man, rock and roll plays out like that, most of the time.
 
2012-08-27 03:30:25 AM  

dickfreckle: AverageAmericanGuy: This is why I hold Steel Wheels above it. They finally come into their sober own.

And it's precisely when they started to suck. Sorry man, rock and roll plays out like that, most of the time.


Oh for chrissakes. Are you one of those 'I liked them but they got popular' fans?

Their most famous song 'Start me up' came off that album

There wouldn't be windows 8 today if that song didn't exist.
 
2012-08-27 03:36:43 AM  

Snapper Carr: Not bad but top 3 is in the wrong order.

3. Exile
2. Let it Bleed
1. Sticky Fingers.


Exile has some fantastic songs (Loving Cup is one of my favorites) but like the band and the sessions that produced it - it's unfocused and suffers a bit IMO (I know that's heresy for a Stones fan to say that.)

Let it Bleed was the Stones saying goodbye to the 60's

Sticky Fingers is simply phenomenal.


Well said. Sticky Fingers was a pure rock and roll album, devoid of bullsh*t that even Exile had. I often wish Exile and Let it Bleed were fused together as one single album, distilled to essence. Hell, you could probably fit Money Man somewhere on Sticky Fingers.

But yeah, Sticky Fingers is by far the ultimate Stones album. Fark, it's the ultimate album, period.
 
2012-08-27 03:41:12 AM  

Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: Gotta say, as good as these albums can be, the cover art was atrocious. The Stones had not one single classic album cover. Exile comes closest, but even Liz Phai's is better.


Well, Liz Phair's album had the advantage of having a picture of a young Liz Phair on it.

Also, "'Their Satanic Majesties Request" was a psychedelic mistake. It has no business being on the Top 10 list. The group was unsuccessfully trying to sound like Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd. However, I will admit that "2000 Light Years From Home" is a great track that was made listen to on stereo headphones.

And "Sticky Fingers" should be #1. Although I like it better than the first time I listened to it, "Exile On Main Street" (while a great album) goes on a bit too long.

That being said, the Stones had an excellent run of albums between 1966 and 1972 (if you throw out "Satanic Majestries"). If I may use a sports analogy, it's like trying to sort out what were the best seasons by Michael Jordan, Willie Mays, Wayne Gretzky, or Jim Brown when they were in their primes.
 
2012-08-27 03:41:44 AM  
"it's no coincidence that the tragedy at Altamont occurred the day after this harrowing album was released."

Wait...what?
 
2012-08-27 03:42:13 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: dickfreckle: AverageAmericanGuy: This is why I hold Steel Wheels above it. They finally come into their sober own.

And it's precisely when they started to suck. Sorry man, rock and roll plays out like that, most of the time.

Oh for chrissakes. Are you one of those 'I liked them but they got popular' fans?

Their most famous song 'Start me up' came off that album

There wouldn't be windows 8 today if that song didn't exist.


Dude, I'm pretty sure that the Stones had already dominated the late 60s and early 70s - you know, the era I'm talking about. No hipster jive here, but thanks for asking. You also missed where I said "aside from some good tracks and there." Tattoo You (1981) was a decent album, including Start Me Up and Slave. But it was nothing like the old days. It didn't burn the right way, and the Stones never did, again.

I presume you also think Pink Floyd suddenly got better in the late 80s? That Dark Side of the Moon is nothing compared to the older, sober version of the band?
 
2012-08-27 03:49:02 AM  

dickfreckle: AverageAmericanGuy: dickfreckle: AverageAmericanGuy: This is why I hold Steel Wheels above it. They finally come into their sober own.

And it's precisely when they started to suck. Sorry man, rock and roll plays out like that, most of the time.

Oh for chrissakes. Are you one of those 'I liked them but they got popular' fans?

Their most famous song 'Start me up' came off that album

There wouldn't be windows 8 today if that song didn't exist.

Dude, I'm pretty sure that the Stones had already dominated the late 60s and early 70s - you know, the era I'm talking about. No hipster jive here, but thanks for asking. You also missed where I said "aside from some good tracks and there." Tattoo You (1981) was a decent album, including Start Me Up and Slave. But it was nothing like the old days. It didn't burn the right way, and the Stones never did, again.

I presume you also think Pink Floyd suddenly got better in the late 80s? That Dark Side of the Moon is nothing compared to the older, sober version of the band?


I'm not going to argue with you, gramps.

Bands evolve over time. They grow and change and they leave their fans behind.

That's rock and roll, but their old fans are stuck clinging to the old albums hoping that the latest changes bring them back to the perceived greatness that's the fans hold religiously to.

I understand where you're coming from, and I respect it. Really. The Stones were something to your generation, but don't take the away from my generation because the evolved beyond you.
 
2012-08-27 04:23:18 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: I understand where you're coming from, and I respect it. Really. The Stones were something to your generation, but don't take the away from my generation because the evolved beyond you.


Just so you know, I wasn't even alive when any of the albums I mentioned were released. But thanks for dismissing me as an old man who just doesn't understand what you kids are listening to, these days.
 
2012-08-27 04:24:46 AM  
Never like the Stones and I'm 41 so don't tell me to get off your lawn. I guess I can listen to a couple songs, but I have never gone out of my way to do so.

I don't know, maybe it's the lackluster musicianship / sloppy playing of Keith. Or maybe its Mick's knee pads and histrionics on stage. Or the boring drums.

From the era give me Roxy Music, Zep or even Bowie.

+1 for the Freejack reference up thread, though.
 
2012-08-27 04:24:47 AM  

dickfreckle: AverageAmericanGuy: I understand where you're coming from, and I respect it. Really. The Stones were something to your generation, but don't take the away from my generation because the evolved beyond you.

Just so you know, I wasn't even alive when any of the albums I mentioned were released. But thanks for dismissing me as an old man who just doesn't understand what you kids are listening to, these days.


If you're listening to the Rolling Stones, you're out of touch.

We're listening to this now.
 
2012-08-27 04:41:59 AM  

cygnusx13: I don't know, maybe it's the lackluster musicianship / sloppy playing of Keith. Or maybe its Mick's knee pads and histrionics on stage. Or the boring drums.


The Beatles were also lackluster musicians, with the possible exception of McCartney. Most of the modern music I listen to is made by kids who can barely play, but can write a hell of a song.

Richards' sloppy sound is precisely what unfiltered rock and roll should sound like. Jaggers' ridiculous histrionics were entertaining. As for the boring drums, Charlie Watts is in the Guinness Book as the most accurate drummer ever measured. Apparently, he's also the only sane member of the band.

Music threads are always silly, because we all have different tastes and feel the need to defend them.

AverageAmericanGuy: We're listening to this now.


I've long suspected it from the patties you leave in other tabs, but now I just know you're an asshole.
 
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