Monday, 19 December 2016

The Rolling Stones: Surviving TV Clips and Music Videos 1963-2012









Ever since their first - sadly wiped - TV appearance on 'Lucky Stars' (where a very smartly dressed band mimed first single 'Come On') the Stones have been causing comments with their appearance as much as their music. In the hands of Andrew Loog Oldham TV became a weapon of publicity, used for controversy up and down the years, from the longest haircuts seen on TV back in the early 60s to not appearing smiling on the podium on 'Saturday Night At The London Palladium' (again, sadly lost) to Mick rolling his eyes every time Ed Sullivan makes him change the words to 'Let's Spend The Night Together'. Even by our standards this list is long, with fifty five years' worth of TV clips good, great and ghastly and the Stones are most definitely the winners when it comes to the amount of music videos they've made down the years (making it all the more strange that they're one of the few AAA bands who've never released a music videos DVD at the time of writing).

Sadly lots more than this have been wiped, with Bill Wyman's meticulous diaries and the spare time of many a Stones scholar spent compiling lists of everything the band ever played on - lists that run into the hundreds. This, sadly, isn't that list, on the grounds that there's no point getting excited over something that doesn't exist and we can't review something we've never seen. It is however as complete a guide as we can make it to every TV appearance that exists featuring two or more members of the band in the same studios at any one time. Most of the clips in this list concentrate on the music, with mimed or live appearances on British, American and European music shows, but occasionally there'll be a chat show in here if it's of particular interest or the odd special dedicated to a particular album or era. Please note that we haven't included 'rumoured' items, TV spots that only exist via their audio soundtrack, solo appearances, documentaries that repeat old footage, home taped footage recorded at concerts or the full length concert videos available on video or DVD (such as the 'Altamont' gig released as 'Gimme Shelter' 'The Rolling Stones Circus' or 'Tea In The Park', all of which have been reviewed by us elsewhere).

Sadly too the great majority of these clips are officially unavailable - the exceptions being the Ed Sullivan Show appearances available on the odd Ed Sullivan compilation or the odd promo that's sneaked its way onto some deluxe Stones album re-issue. We'll try and draw your attention to these where possible. Many of these clips regularly feature on 1960s music documentaries and round-ups though and feel like old friends despite never having made it onto anything with that dreaded 'tongue' logo stamped across it yet. If you haven't seen any of them then fear not - we can instead take you to our patent pending super-duper high falluting Youtube playlist, which can be seen in the box at the top of this page if you're a website reader or visit https://www.youtube.com/user/AlansArchives if you're a book reader (have a scroll past our videos  featuring our singing dog mascots and scroll down till you find 'Playlist #23: Rolling Stones'). We'll try and keep the list as maintained as possible but do be warned that Youtube videos change round a lot - particularly so in the case of the Stones' late 1960s work - so if you can't find something keep looking; chances are someone will have re-posted it and if not we'll have to have a go ourselves (legalities permitting).

I'm sure you'll agree it's a lot better than that man who comes on TV telling you how white your shirts can be even though he doesn't smoke the same cigarettes as me - there are hours, perhaps even a day's worth of Satisfaction here, so let's spend 'some time' together now...


1.    Arthur Haynes Show ('I Wanna Be Your Man' UK TV February 1964)
Though the earliest surviving TV footage of the Stones is an actual truth more like their ninth or tenth, the quintet still look ridiculously young. Mick is bow-legged, Keith has a mad little dance quite unlike his laidback cool image of later years, a bored Bill is chewing while he plays and already Brian is the one least concerned with the cameras and instead staring hard at his bottleneck guitar. Jones slightly fluffs his bottleneck solo and Mick isn't quite on top of the words but even so this is a fine, fiery live performance from a band still pretty new to all this. The band turn in a 'full ending' of the song as well instead of the usual fade, concluding with a heavy whallop from Charlie's bass drum that coaxes the first smile from the drummer ever caught on camera - it's also not far from the last!

2. Top Of The Pops #1 ('Not Fade Away' March 1964)
Though never the shortest track in the Stones canon anyway, this third but earliest surviving TOTP performance barely seems to get going before it ends. The band mime this time, with Mick seen with his hands full of maracas and nearly taking out Brian's eye as he stands behind him miming the puffed harmonica. The band are still in shirts but sleeveless this time, as if losing their 'posh' image one layer at a time.

3. NME Pollwinner's Concert #1 'Not Fade Away' 'I Just Want To Make Love To You' 'I'm Alright' April 1964)
If you're a regular read of our lists then you'll know all about the NME Pollwinner's concerts that featured as many bands as would agree to appear at a rainy day in Wembley and who'd scored highly in that year's 'best acts' placings. The Stones are unusual in coming back two years in succession and for only playing one of their 'hits', though to be fair they only had about three to choose from anyway in this early period. Presented by Jimmy Saville back when he was a loveable eccentric weirdo instead of a predatory fiend, it's a real time warp to the days when poor equipment, breathless over-enthusiastic introductions, band members running on stage and setting up their own equipment and loud screams were the norm. There's a real fuzz bass humm to Keith's guitar that makes the whole gig sound deeply bass heavy and you can tell from Mick's shocked expression that he's not enjoying it. This is a good performance even so, with a rare chance to see Brian playing the harmonica 'for real' (not fadeaway...sorry, mimed, not mimed) and a cracking performance of 'I Just Want To Make Love To You' especially that features Mick shouting rather than singing the lyrics and doing the best of his many 'instrumental solo dances'. Goodness knows what the mums and dads of the teenyboppers made of the lyrics. 'Charlieboy' as Mick announces him gets a rare introduction to the song 'I'm Alright', a track the Stones never did in the studio. This is Keith's first co-lead ever captured on film and Brian is already looking daggers over being left out, over-doing his tambourine playing to put the camera back on him. All in all, a fine performance by one of Britain's best up and coming bands.

4. Hollywood Palace ('I Just Want To Make Love To You' US TV June 1964)
Dean Martin must have felt really threatened that rock and roll was going to reveal him and some of his pals as the talentless conmen they were - that's the only explanation for this infamous TV appearance where the singers throws in every insult he can think of. What's never mentioned is by contrast how professional the Stones are, not walking out or making rude remarks back but simply getting on their job of blowing Martin and his cronies off the stage with a performanc3 so authentic he sounds like a wannabe. 'Five singing boys from England who sold a lot of albiums - I've been rolled while stoned myself' is ok, but 'I can't hear what they're singing about' is a cheap jibe from someone whose accent was so poor he couldn't even pronounce the word 'albums'. Dino's closing remarks: 'Aren't they great? (face pull). They're challenging the Beatles to a hair pulling contest. You know what? I'd swear jackie Coogan [child star] and Skippy [The Bush Kangaroo] were in that group! You know all these singing groups today seem to have long hair? Naw, it's an optical illusion, they just have low foreheads and low eyebrows! Now don't go away - you wouldn't leave me with the Rolling Stones would you?!' The performance of the band's classic Willie Dixon B-side is more stilted than at the NME but still good.

5. The Mike Douglas Show ('Carol' 'Tell Me' 'Not Fade Away' 'I Just Want To Make Love To You' US TV June 1964)
A panel of middle aged judges discuss this new record 'England's Newest Hitmakers _ The Rolling Stones'. They don't seem best pleased, especially when the band starts playing, but then this longest appearance yet isn't one of the best. The band sound tinny, Brian's rhythm well down in the mix and Mick's vocal plastered with echo. This is notable, though, for being the first filmed performance of a Jagger-Richards song, the overlooked 'Tell Me', which oddly enough is the only song here mimed. The interview is particularly interesting, the first with the whole band. Charlie is so softly spoken Douglas can't hear his name. There are the usual jokes about 'starving barbers' and nonsensical questions about whether the band know The Beatles, but otherwise this is a kinder, more respectful interview and the host is keen for the band's biggest fans in the front row to meet their heroes. Most of the band are shy and respectful, but check out Bill at the side eyeing them all out. 'What do you when that usually happens chaps, do you shake hands?' says Douglas to Brian of all people. 'Well, you know...' he splutters through a cheeky grin. 'It depends on their temperament!' rescues Jagger. Interestingly Mick is the first to claim the band is equally loved by the girls, before Brian gets in an early reference to Jagger's asexuality with the line 'I think Mick's a lot more popular with the men!' 'He's putting you on!' grins Mick, before Douglas adds nervously 'He doesn't do a thing for me - I'll tell you that, hahahahaha!' Mick cheekily adds 'You don't do much for me either, love!' 'You'd better sing - before we all get arrested!' quips Douglas back. One of the funniest Stones moments.

6. Ed Sullivan Show #1 ('Time Is On My Side' US TV June 1964)
In the wake of the Beatles' breakthrough appearance in February the show's production team tried to hire as many British acts as they could, actually taking on the Stones at The Beatles' suggestion. The Rollers, though, never enjoyed quite the same level of support - Ed Sullivan was said to be openly critical of their look and music behind camera, although he's more professional than Dean Martin ever was. Perhaps sensing they're on shaky ground the Stones perform their first TV ballad and it's a nice performance with Keith particularly prominent on some nice harmonies. Uniquely, Bill sings harmonies too or appears to - chances are they set up the microphone for him instead of Brian who looks most fed up glowering at the back, so he's probably making a joke here adding some very loud 'time time time!'s at the end. Mick is terrific on the spoken word patter over the solo which runs far longer than the record.

7. Red Skelton Hour ('It's All Over Now' US TV September 1964)
Comedian Red Skelton is another regular on our lists who never gets the credit he deserves for taking chances on bands away from the more mainstream variety programmes who had the power and money to hire everybody. Mick seems to have developed a nervous tic for this performance, strutting his head like a 'little red rooster' throughout this mimed show, although it's important for quite a different reason - he's learnt the art of staring down a camera, meeting the viewer's gaze with a dispassionate stare. This will become an art form in years to come. Charlie, meanwhile, has his eyes shut and looks even more bored than usual.

8. Quoi De Neuf? ('Carol' 'Around and Around' French TV November  1964)
The Stones took off so quickly in America that they largely bypassed the usual AAA trail of appearances on French, Holland, German or Belgium TV channels. This is the exception, a quaint French pop channel that doesn't seem to know what's hit it by allowing a whole theatre of screaming Stones fans in. Alas I've only seen the slightly scruffy 'Around and Around' livened by a cracking Keef guitar solo but all the books list 'Carol' being performed at this show too - unusual that only Chuck Berry covers should be played at this pointy in the band's career. Mick's got a lot better at the 'drying my hands' dance, too - no wonder the girls are shrieking!

9. Shindig! #1 ('Heart Of Stone' US TV January 1965)
We're into 1965 now and the Stones' notoriety has gone before them. 'You either love them or you hate them - but they've sold so many records a lot of you love them' is the Shindig opening as the Stones sing their B-side about a stone. It's an unusual choice, mimed once again, with Mick looking a little ill and puff-cheeked, while a bored Charlie appears to be checking out the front row. In a sign of things to come, Keith walks over to sing in harmony with Mick during the last chorus, even though he has a mike of his own (and the band are miming in any case!)

10. Big Beat '65 ('Little Red Rooster' Australian TV February 1965)
This single never gets the credit it deserves (come on! It's the only blues song ever to make #1 in a chart!) It wasn't often performed either, making this period plug on Australian TV all the more interesting. There are some weird things going on backstage though, with lion roars and a psychedelic-if-monochrome set to stand in front of. The flashing lights and close up make Mick looked like a scared little boy at first, although he wins the crowd back by rolling his eyes when the sound effects come in again. You wouldn't know the rest of the band was there at all for the most part! Note that Mick is now playing the harmonica, not Brian.

11. Top Of The Pops #2 ('The Last Time' March 1965)
In truth the Stones were barely away from the TOTP studios from the first episode to the end of the 1960s, but there was such a heavy cull of all TOTP studios that their next surviving performance isn't till here. This is the clip you see every TOTP/Stones/1960s at the BBC compilation, the one where Mick barely bothers to mime and Brian spends his time staring at something way up at the ceiling, later pointing it out to Keith. The band look tired and fed up, adding poignancy to the lyrics about this being 'the last time' - how typical for them, as they were probably on fire on the other lost performances!

12. NME Pollwinner's Concert #2 1965 ('Everybody Needs Somebody To Love' 'Pain In My Heart' 'Around and Around' 'The Last Time' UK TV April 1965)
The Stones didn't score quite as highly in the 1964 NME poll (outperformed by The Hollies, Kinks and Animals among others) and were demoted from their opening spot but actually put in a much longer performance. The band don't have any sound gremlins this time and turn in one of the tighter performances of the night. Mick is on great form on 'Pain In My Heart' which he sings more earnestly than the record and on cheeky form in between song patter ('Bow to the Queen' is his quip while the band are turning up - the Queen, of course, would never be seen at something as low-brow as a magazine award; he's probably referring to the 'London Palladium' fiasco). Mick has a whole football stadium to point out as he sings 'I need you you you' for once although 'Everybody Needs Somebody' is cut ridiculously short as per the 'Got LIVE' If You Want It' EP.

13. Ed Sullivan Show #2 ('Little Red Rooster' 'Everybody Needs Somebody To Love' 'The Last Time' US TV May 1965)
Against his better judgement, Ed had the Stones back again for a rather muted performance. Mick uncharacteristically struggles to work out what to do with his hands as he sings and struggles to work out when the guitarists are finished and letting him back into the song on 'Rooster', while he sounds half asleep on the limpest 'Somebody To Love' you'll ever hear. Only on 'The Last Time' do the band finally inject a bit of life, surrounded by a typically weird Sullivan set that looks like bird cages and chandeliers draped with jewellery.

14. Shindig! #2 ('Satisfaction' US TV May 1965)
Returning to Shindig, the Stones premiere what will one day be their anthem, although this is far from a satisfying 'Satisfaction' with a heavily echoed vocal and a horribly out of tune sounding guitar part. The cameraman seems to have a breakdown during the song too, pulsing in and out to the song's hypnotic beat. Despite being a rare outside live performance the crowd sound half dead.

15. Shivaree ('Down The Road Apiece' 'Little Red Rooster' US TV May 1965)
The now sadly forgotten 'Shivaree' was in its day at least as popular as 'Shindig' and was generally a safer, happier environment for the musicians. Though mimed once again (except for Mick's vocal), the band are on good form for two key pieces, Mick again using his favoured trick of out-staring the camera. Finally, after some non-committal performances, the Stones look as if they're having fun.

16. Shindig! #3 ('Let The Good Times Roll' 'Mercy Mercy' US TV August 1965)
More Shindigging, this time to plug the imminent release of third album 'Out Of Our Heads'. This seems likely to be the Stones' only performances of two of their last covers songs and they sound rather good with a rare live performance for a change. A laidback 'Good Times' sounds especially good, even if Mick seems to have fleas or a new shirt on given the amount of scratching he does across the song. 'Mercy Mercy' is louder and rawer but is also pretty good, with the first filmed use of Jagger's falsetto. I'll leave it up to you and your hearing whether that's a good thing or not.

17. Top Of The Pops #3 ('Get Off My Cloud' November 1965)
Hey! You! Don't wipe this TOTP performance! Somehow, for some reason, the energetic performance of 'Cloud' survived the TOTP cull where performances for 'Satisfaction' and co did not. Mick performs largely alone, dancing like an acrobat in the spotlight, while Keith tries hard not to get the giggles.

18. Hullabaloo ('Satisfaction'? 'Get Off My Cloud' US TV November 1965)
An, umm, interesting set design (are those balloons or lightbulbs set in the stage?) can't distract from a rare performance of 'Cloud' - possibly 'Satisfaction' too if some guide books are to be believed. 'Hullaballoo' was the sugar rush American show of the 1960s, less staid than Ed Sullivan and Shindig and the Stones fit it's anarchic vibe much better. Usually the interviews had to be seen to be believed, but alas if the Stones were talked to that bit seems to have been cut from all copies I've seen. By now Jagger's hair has been growing for months and is at its shaggiest.

19. Top Of The Pops #4 ('19th Nervous Breakdown' UK TV February 1966)
Very occasionally old clips thought lost for decades turn up - sometimes in the strangest places. Actually this 1966 TOTP performance wasn't technically 'lost' - it just wasn't listed as part of part of the documentary-drama 'Woman: Coming To Terms', where a housewife tries to feel young by walking into a record store and 'watching' those hip young things the Stones. The use of a song about a 'breakdown' must have been deliberate, although the forthcoming 'Mother's Little Helper' would have been an even better choice (were the Stones in fact inspired to write it after seeing the drama? The dates would tie in quite nicely). Broadcast for only the second time in a 'Stones at the BBC' compilation on BBC4 in 2015 (delayed from the year before - it was due to be broadcast the weekend Mick's girlfriend L'wren Scott committed suicide), it's short but great with an energetic Mick doing his 'monkey dance' in front of the TOTP's favoured 1966 set: big round lights (you might know the Beatles miming 'Paperback Writer' in front of the same backdrop in the same period).

20. Ed Sullivan Show #3 ('Satisfaction' 'As Tears Go By' 'Paint It, Black' 'Lady Jane' US TV February 1966)
The longest Stones performance yet marks their return to Ed Sullivan and the first time you can see the band in colour. To celebrate Mick is wearing a bright red shirt and has been given so many layers of make up you start wondering if the period rumours about his bisexuality are true (though chances are a makeup girl just wanted to spend longer staring into his eyes). Performing live once more, the Stones play slightly too fast and breathlessly across the four song show, with a weary sounding 'As Tears Go By' played by Mick and Keith alone sitting on stools the highlight. Brian gets to mime a sitar part, sitting cross-legged on the floor, for the premiere of 'Paint It, Black', though the cameraman is clearly confused and gets a close-up of Keith's guitar for the opening instead! Brian's the star actually, for pretty much the last time, playing dulcimer on 'Lady Jane' too which coaxes a quite lovely vocal out of Mick, squatting on the side of Charlie's drum podium.

21. Bandstand Special ('Get Off My Cloud' 'Play With Fire' Australian TV February 1966)
 Meanwhile, down under, it's back to black-and-white TV and a mimed recording - a quite horrifically mangled tape recording at that. This is a fun performance for all that, though, a jumpy Jagger dancing around in white with every beat of the drums while Keith gets a rare grin out of Bill by sharing the same microphone with him. It's nice to see one of the band's greatest B-sides 'Play With Fire' get a rare airing too with Mick looking downright scary as he stands stock-still this time to scare the camera down. Charlie gets to bang a tambourine rather than play his usual full kit - and doesn't look terribly happy about it.

22. Ready Steady Go! (Live!) #3 ('Under My Thumb' 'I Am Waiting' 'Paint It Black' 'I Got You Babe' 'Oh Baby' 'That's How Strong My Love Is' 'Satisfaction' UK TV May 1966)
A whole half hour Stones show celebrates their return to England and offers chances to hear songs the band don't usually play along with two of their most recent singles (oddly no 'Get Off My Cloud' though). The band preview two songs from 'Aftermath' with the delightful 'I Am Waiting' sounding particularly strong  and dive back to the past with a hypnotic 'Oh Baby' and an earnest 'That's How Strong My Love Is'. However it's the other three songs that shine the brightest: 'Paint It Black' is a brave and thrilling try at condensing a tricky single into a workable live arrangement with most of the band playing unusual instruments (Charlie even has a flute!) A storming 'Satisfaction' runs over the credits and simply refuses to end, with a near six minute performance bring Mick to new heights of passion as he screams himself hoarse on the 'no no nos' over Charlie's relentless beat. Despite all that, though, this show is most remembered for the comedy moment when the whole band (plus Stu) got involved in a 'sketch' with host Kathy McGowan as they all mime to 'I Got You Babe'. Mick and Kathy quickly get out of sequence so he's miming to Cher and combing his hair while she gets Sonny, while Keith oompahs down a tuba and Bill and Charlie look deeply uncomfortable providing a 'ring' and 'flowers'. It's a hilarious 'tribute' and proof that the Stones were good at laughing at themselves despite their scowling image. Both this track and 'Satisfaction' appeared on the hard to find 'Ready Steady Go!' VHS in the early 1990s - Dave Clark (of the Dave Clark Five) bought up the rights to the entire show and hasn't as yet released them on DVD.

23. Ed Sullivan Show #4 ('Let's Spend 'Some Time' Together' 'Ruby Tuesday' US TV January 1967)
The last Ed Sullivan appearance was the most talked about. censors baulked at the idea of Mick spending 'the night' with a girl so forced him to change the lyrics to 'some time'. The Stones are in rebellious mood throughout and turn in what seems like a deliberately sloppy appearance, with Mick knowingly rolling his eyes and winking to camera every time he has to sing the new lines. This time it's Keith whose got the fidgets and won't stand still and he's far louder than normal on the backing vocals too. Brian poses on the piano stool, though it's not clear if he's actually playing or whether this all from tape. A rare performance of 'Ruby Tuesday' is less talked about but far better, tighter and with some lovely harmonies you can just about hear over some mad screaming (unusual by 1967 standards when fans had grown up that little bit). Bill mimes the double bass part, while Brian plays a recorder still perched on his piano stool.

24. Top Of The Pops #5 ('Let's Spend The Night Together' UK TV January 1967)
Another much repeated and mimed clip which somehow survived the TOTP destruction policy, Mick wears what's clearly a brightly coloured jacket but as this is back to being in black and white again it doesn't necessarily come over that well. He's in a very energetic mood again - the camera can barely keep up!

25. She's A Rainbow (Music Video 1967)
The first in a long, long run of Stones music videos seems to have been shot specifically for the American market - Brits never did get this unusually poppy song as a single. They probably didn't have much to do with this collage though, which bounces from black and white stage footage to some random colour shots of the band backstage drinking and the usual shots of pretty models. No rainbows are present and nor is any summer of love vibe on the band's most psychedelic single. A slightly recut version, featuring modern shots of the band, was re-released to promote '40 Licks' in 2002.

26. We Love You (Music Video 1967)
This however is one of the greatest clips of them all. Unable to promote their latest single because three members of the band looked likely to be going to prison, instead the band shot a fantastic promo spoofing the entire justice system with the same 'thankyou/fuck you' message as one of the band's most brilliant songs. Only Mick, Keith and Marianne Faithful appear in a video that comments on the farcical and backward justice system, parodying the court case against Oscar Wilde and his boyfriend (as played by Marianne, with Keith as the judge). Few people in the 1960s would have raised eyebrows at the antics of fifty years earlier - and the Stones rightly predict that people wouldn't at their antics fifty years on too. The video is also intercut with footage of the band apparently at work on this song, including a very poorly looking Brian who still comes round enough to mime part of the glorious mellotron solo, his last moment of genius on a Stones record. A real milestone in the history of music films, this quickly followed 'Strawberry Fields/Penny Lane' in the art of making clips 'about' the songs rather than featuring the band members merely miming. It's still chilling today, as it gives fans what might have been their last lingering shots of Mick and Keith before an almost certain ten year sentence.

27. 2000 Light Years From Home (Music Video 1967)
Little seen but fabulous, this promo for the 'Satanic Majesties' LP is every bit as colourful and weird as the music it accompanies. Lots of block colours are used turning into faces on this eerie song started in a prison cell. Mick, never afraid of dressing up, also appears with what looks like a wigwam on his head for half the video and the 'war paint' that will soon be recycled for 'jack Flash', although by comparison the rest of the band look vaguely sensible. Well, apart from Brian who doesn't appear throughout (though someone with very Brian looking hands mimes the mellotron part).  It's so very colourful 2000 light years from home!

28. Jumpin' Jack Flash (Music Video 1968)
Talking of which, we're suddenly back into the earthy groove of 1968 with everyone this time taking advantage of the dressing up box and war paints. A devilish Mick looks brilliantly evil, though a sunglasses-clad Keith is less so, while goggle-wearing Brian doesn't seem to have a clue what's going on and Bill and Charlie look as bored as ever, just in funnier clothes. In a piece of tie-in marketing the single sleeve featured a still from this promo on the front - and a shot of the band in reverse on the back.

29. Child Of The Moon (Music Video 1968)
One last great gift from the psychedelic era was the gorgeous B-side, which is treated to a most surrealistic video (not helped by the poor quality most of the few copies banging around tend to be in). The band merely stare wordlessly into the camera, while a little boy runs round staring at them all and a zombified statue of a girl comes to life too. I'd never realised how 'Twilight' like this song was before. Yuk, that's really put me off the song now - next one please, quick!

30. The David Frost Show #1 ('Sympathy For The Devil' UK TV November 1968)
Though everyone likes to say 'The Beatles sneezed and then the Rolling Stones caught a cold', the Stones were generally closer than most to getting a head start on the fab four ('Jack Flash' for instance', was more responsible for setting the 1968 tone than 'Lady Madonna'). However its notable that so soon after the Beatles' comeback on David Frost' TV show the Stones do the same, with a nervy and rough-edged version of arguably the best song from 'Beggar's Banquet'. Mick looks more like a caveman than ever and the slowed down, scruffy nature of the performance actually suits this song about the devil waiting around every corner. Brian makes one of his last performances miming to a piano part he didn't even play, whole Keith makes his best rockstar posing on the solo - shame the camera lighting is so poor we can barely see it! Mick tries to take his clothes off a la the 'Stones Circus' a month later but doesn't have a devil tattoo this time. Presumably this clip was broadcast in colour, as per all the David Frost series of 1968 but I've only ever seen a monochrome clip suggesting this is an episode that was either handed back by a collector or taped privately by an engineer.


31. Street Fighting Man (Music Video 1968)
An unusual video for an unusual song, this one starts off with a heartbeat as a dapper Mick puts a flower in his buttonhole. Once the song starts playing he walks forward, backwards and around and around, while pulling a serious expression and making no effort to mime the song's words. It seems odd that the band should pull the 'low budget' thing at this point in their careers, though the lack of fellow band members might be to disguise Brian's increasingly desperate state of health.

32. The David Frost Show #2 ('Honky Tonk Woman' 'You Can't Always Get What You Want' UK TV June 1969)
A returning performance has David Frost joking that the programme wanted a 'clean cut band and wanted to hire a group named 'The Crew Cuts', but found out they were all girls!' Well, it's funnier than anything Dean Martin came up with. 'Honky Tonk Woman' is described as 'their biggest hit in years'  and is the first chance to see the band with new boy Mick Taylor on guitar. Filmed a mere month before Brian's untimely death, it feels in retrospect as if there's rather a sombre air over the band as they turn in rather a slow performance of the song. Only Keith looks happy, forever throwing grins back to Bill about something, while poor Taylor is rather stuck out on his own at the far left. 'You Can't Get...''s premiere cuts out the orchestral opening entirely, though it keeps the brass for a lovely slow rendition that rather undoes Frost's introduction of the Stones as 'today's greatest rock and roll band' but never mind. Mick is on top sarcastic form here, outdoing even the 'Stones Circus' version of this song for knowing tongue-in-cheekness, while this time Keith points his guitar at Bill like a gun and even gets a rare grin from the bassist.

33. Ed Sullivan Show #5 ('Gimme Shelter' US TV November 1969)
The Stones' last performance is to promote the 'Let It Bleed' album and seen less than a month before 'Altamont' seems rather eerie, the band playing sombrely in shadow until Mick starts up his 'going down the gym' routine. This is one of the last mimed performances the band make and no reference is made to co-lead singer Merry Clayton, with no one miming her parts.

34. Top Of The Pops #6 ('Honky Tonk Woman' December 1969)
Another regular taped the week before 'Altamont' features a grinning band on top miming form and with a change around in the order - Keith is now camera-left, with Mick Taylor looking happier slotted in between Jagger and Wyman. Mick does his best strutting round in a cape, but this still sounds like the weakest Stones single of the 1960s with no particularly interesting place to go.

35. Pop Go The Sixties ('Gimme Shelter' UK TV December 1969)
A sudden sense of mourning for the decade just about to go took hold during the last month of the 1960s with several of the decade's biggest sellers invited back for a return performance of any song they wanted. You see it repeated quite often on the 'Yesterday' channel, while clips are often seen on other shows too. The Stones, unlike most bands, simply chose to sing one of their latest songs and turn in by far the darkest and saddest song of the night, Mick warning that death is 'just a shot away' on a fine solo performance that doesn't miss his co-singer at all. This is the first real chance, T In The Park gig aside, to see new boy Taylor actually play rather than mime and he sounds great with some virtuoso feels over Keith's choppy rhythm that beat even the record. Hey guys, a re-recording was just a take away!

36. Top Of The Pops #7 ('Brown Sugar' UK TV April 1971)
Another famous clip, this is the source of video of Jagger all dressed in pink and with a bright pink top hat, leaping around the TOTP stage set like his  strings are being pulled. Though the rest of the band mime, his vocal is live and is fabulous - easily better than the record which never sounded that hot. This much repeated clip probably has a lot to the song's surprisingly high popularity, actually.

37. Happy (Music Video 1972)
A promo to promote 'Exile On Main Street' this propels Keith into the lead role probably for the first time. Shot live on stage...somewhere (I can't find any mention where I'm afraid), Mick and Keith share a microphone on a lazy groove version of the song . A gap toothed Keith is very much adding to his image here, though it's Mick's struts and dances that still catch the eye.

38. Montreaux Rehearsals ('Shake Your Hips' 'Loving Cup' 1972)
An early concert from the days when the 'Exile' album was still being knocked into shape, this is a slow burning six minute groove version of both future classics. Both lose out from the blurry production of the album, the clarity showing up the mistakes that bit more, and the band seem distracted a little bit throughout.

39. The Dick Cavett Show (US TV November 1972)
Another of our TV clips regulars is Dick Cavett, the hippest and most with it American interviewer who had all the best guests, even though his redeeming feature was that unlike 99% of interviewers he played on being the least hip person in the room. This is one of the few Stones bits and pieces out officially, as part of the 'Dick Cavett: Rock Icons' DVD (minus Bill's bit, sadly). It's an unusual show for Cavett, though, with the Stones part made on location at Madison Square Gardens back in June. A weary band are caught backstage after the show when they're clearly worn out so it's not a classic meeting and Cavett is right when he says he regrets the fact Jagger isn't on with his other guest, chess champion Bobby Fischer, because they are closer to each other than people think. Worried about filling up time, Cavett spends most of the Stones segment interviewing the audience, which is interesting and often funny ('What would you ask Mick Jagger if you could?' 'I'd ask him what he was on!' 'Even though I'm past thirty I still like them and I think they can go till forty!') and briefly the backstage crew, who never usually get a chance to talk (cue the immortal line 'Who are you?...Oh, I think that must be a groupie!') He finally talks to a monosyllabic Mick though, who confesses to not sleeping well and his worry about ticket prices (he's pleased they're catching the 'ticket scalpers' too). This must surely be a unique interview in the sense that they spend more time chatting about Mick's economics degree than the music - and the only one in which Jagger is given a carrot to eat! Bill is chattier, relieved at the chance to speak and gives an erudite reflection on how the audiences have changed (the older ones keep coming and new young ones come too! 'Do you appeal to the middle aged ladies like Tom Jones?' 'I think Tom Jones gets excited by the middle aged ladies!') There are nice if frenetic performances of 'Brown Sugar' and 'Street Fighting Man' from Madison Square Gardens at the end too where Jagger gives his all despite the lack of sleep. Cavett quips that he wanted to ask Mick to 'do that one again but with more feeling'!

40. Angie (Music Video 1973)
With none of the 'Exile' singles quite clicking with the public, the Stones went to town promoting their next single 'Angie', with two separate promos. One is a straightforward life performance with a wasted looking Keith amongst the band members choosing to sit down for it, while both he and Mick Taylor have roses stuck in their guitar frets. They've done something to Jagger's hair to make him the spitting image of Helen Reddy too! Promo number two features a stood up band and Jagger in a sailor suit.

41. Dancing With Mr D (Music Video 1973)
Somebody must have been having a barbecue before the band filmed this mimed performanc because it's all very foggy! Jagger, resplendent in eyeliner, nail polish and golden hot pants, has never looked more like David Bowie and is on top 'jogging' form, while Mick Taylor is also beginning to look as wasted as his fellow musicians for the first time, grinning as he duets with Bill.

42. Silver Train (Music Video 1973)
Mick's in a sparkly blue jumpsuit for this rather tentative live performance, running what must be miles across a black stage until rushing back to sing harmonies into Keith's microphone. Check out Charlie's wry grin as Mick dances his bottom near the drum kit near three minutes in too, a mixture of disgust and elder brother concern! Otherwise it's about as straightforward as Stones promos ever get.

43. Old Grey Whistle Test #1 ('Silver Train' 'Dancing With Mr D' UK TV October 1973)
There's been a slight change in British music television by this period, with Top Of The Pops suddenly taken over by hot young glam stars and older stars like the Stones ending up on the slightly more serious 'Old Grey Whistle Test' (ie if your grandparents can whistle it you've got a hit!) Most bands tended to play a couple of songs at random but the Stones were still important enough to be given a full twenty minutes of the show. A repeat of the 'Silver Train' video starts things off before Bob Harris introduces an interview held in Munich with a smartly dressed and rather mod looking Mick. He talks about the European shows being smaller and with less people (twenty-five not counting the band) and the need to have a day off in between. One intriguing titbit is a half finished live album with Stevie Wonder that Decca rejected because it used too many of their old songs even though the band are on their own label by now. Mick is also asked about the fact that the band have never done solo albums - actually Bill was just about to start his and Mick isn't far away from his either, but he admits to not knowing how he's make it different to the Stones' albums. The quote of the interview: 'I think one ballad every four years is about right!' The show then closes with the repeated clip of 'Dancing With Mr D'.

44. Unknown (Holland TV 1973)
The Stones were really keen to plug the 'Goat's Head Soup' album weren't they?! Both Micks and Keith are caught in a hotel room, making apologies for the rest of the band. Keith says the interaction with an audience is 'vital' and that he'd prefer smaller clubs but needs to play where lots of people can see the band at once,  Mick J says five months touring is 'enough' given the time spent making a record and Mick T is fascinated why the interviewer wants to know what they all read. Not the most gripping interview ever and there seems to be a bit of a mis-translation going on that makes band and then interviewer defensive, but nice enough as a curio.

45. It's Only Rock 'n' Roll (But I Like It!) (Music Video 1974)
Wanting to spruce up their latest promo, the entire band go for their most outrageous costumes yet (sailor suits!) and a crew member goes to town with the foam machine, nearly drowning poor Charlie because they 'forgot' he'd be sitting down to play the drums! Bill looks pretty scared stiff too. A pretty famous music video in the Stones lexicography, it's one heck of a lot more interesting than the song. This is also the only Stones video ever shot inside a giant tent. It's only soap 'n' bubbles but I kind of like it.

46. Ain't Too Proud To Beg (Music Video 1974)
Not many people remember this was a single, a Temptations cover released too long after the 'Rock and Roll' album to make the charts. The Stones are deep in their 'American' phase by now, performing against a New York skyline backdrop and with Mick looking ever more like the trendy Stateside scene of the time consisting mainly of eyeliner and hats. The best part of the video is both Micks hitting a 'bobbing' groove in synch during Keith's solo.

47. Till The Next Goodbye (Music Video 1974)
Mick Taylor's video is a rather apt choice, with Mick J playing an acoustic guitar part for the first time on video. Performed against a wind-blown backdrop tinted purple, it's a low budget but rather moving video for one of the band's better forgotten songs.

48. Fool To Cry (Music Video 1976)
Mick, dressed from the waist down as a clown, mimes the keyboard work on this one as the rest of the band sit around looking bored - all except Charlie, actually, who seems to be having some private joke at the start of this clip. Fairly standards stuff really - a bit like the song.

49. Hot Stuff (Music Video 1976)
Keith seems to be wearing a pair of curtains for his trousers, while Mick is in his 'ruff and scarves' stage. It's good to see him and Keith singing so much together, round the same mike, but then it's probably at least in part to cover up the fact that Ronnie Wood is now in the band, far right, but not in the band in the sense of how few camera shots he gets.

50. Hey Negrita (Music Video 1976)
I'm not sure I can describe this costume well enough, with Mick dressed up as a florid Mexican bandit complete with maracas and sci-fi sunglasses. Well, the band had to spruce things up somehow, I suppose. Elsewhere Charlie's had a crew cut (as seen on the 'Black and Blue' album sleeve) and Billy Preston plays a bigger role in the video than most of the band.

51. Crazy Mama (Music Video 1976)
Yet another 'Black and Blue' clip and at last the modern-day Stones seem to be falling into place, with Keith and Ronnie at the start of their double act. In other new, Charlie seems to be getting a bald spot.

52. Old Grey Whistle Test #2 (UK TV 1976)
Mick, Ronnie and Charlie natter to Bob Harris about the 'Love You Live' album and video they've just made and which will be out the next year. Mick declares himself an expert trouser and jacket changer, plugs the director 'Freddie the Frog' and admits that his first response to the live video they've just made that it was 'horrendous'. Mick is asked what can go wrong and jokingly glares at Ronnie when he discusses 'guitarists going out of tune'. Charlie gets one word, well murmur really the whole interview when Ronnie declares the El Macamba gig his 'favourite side' ('Hmmm').

53. Miss You (Music Video 1978)
Ooooooh! Ooooooh! Oo oo! Sadly a rather tame clip of a song that's anything but, with a live performance that's nothing like as strong as the record and Jagger filmed in what looks like a car park in the dark before joining the rest of the band in a big red box.

54. Respectable (Music Video 1978)
In keeping with the back to basics vibe of the 'Some Girls' album the Stones are playing in an overgrown shed. Mick's wearing a t-shirt with the 'tongue' logo on it - his favourite costume in years to come - and plays guitar with the others again. Bill and Charlie have never looked this bored ever.

55. Far Away Eyes (Music Video 1978)
The Stones' comedy radio parody is performed on what looks like a re-dressed version of the same set, changed so a check-shirted Jagger can get behind the honky-tonk piano and Ronnie can sit down to play slide guitar. Mick does a good job at keeping a serious face on - perhaps too good, considering that he loses all the tongue-in-cheekness of the original, the only reason for the song to exist quite bluntly. You can tell this is primarily a Jagger song: Mick is giving his all and then some - while the rest of the band aren't trying one iota.

56. Saturday Night Live ('Beast Of Burden' US TV October 1978)
A by this period rare TV appearance to celebrate the 40th episode of comedy show Saturday Night Live. 'Beast Of Burden' is a great performance, Mick starting off more 'straight' (in both meanings of the word) than he's been in years, before getting the words wrong and giggling on the second verse. The beret suits him though. Mind you so did the pink jacket and the clown trousers. Is there nothing this man can't wear? It's better than his voice, though, which even he admits was 'shot' after a week long launch party for the 'Some Girls' album. Keith was later involved with a typically unfunny comedy sketch which he didn't seem to register was taking place, leading host Lorraine Newman to quip at the end 'I've never worked with a corpse before!' This might be why the Stones hardly ever did TV post 1974 and why they'll do so little in the years to come.

57. Emotional Rescue (Music Video 1980)
Against the odds, something a bit different! A nervous Jagger waits backstage, handed an unappetising TV dinner by what can only be described as a New York doll, but not the band, before watching the Stones perform in the microwave! It's clever way of trying to explain away the bizarre thermal image cover for the 'Emotional rescue' album, which funnily enough also sounds like it was recorded on a microwave. Thankfully not all the video is like that and we see a more normal 'performance' from the band in a giant orange room. Look out for Bobby Keyes on sax making a rare appearance. Mick and Ronnie are having a whale of a time, but I don't think anyone else is!

58. She's So Cold (Music Video 1980)
For this one the band are in a shower for a rather literal take on a song about temperatures. Mick's a burning fire, a bleeding volcano, but the rest of the band are all so cold, with Keith in his beloved leopardskin jacket suddenly looking his age and a little bit more.

59. Where The Boys Go (Music Video 1980)
A much under-rated song, this one seems to be taking place on the thermal microwave again which isn't where I always pictured the boys all going I can tell you. It's all a bit distracting actually, flashing on and off and we don't get a single normal shot of the band across the video. Is this, in fact, just a re-hash of the last two videos put through a thermal filter?

60. Start Me Up (Music Video 1981)
Michael Lindsey Hogg, who'd started his career with the Stones on their 'Circus' special, is back in charge for the lead single from 'Tattoo You' and to date the band's last big hit. It's another simple 'performance' video, though there's an emphasis on getting the Stones front line in the same shot most of the time and all three are knee-deep in dry ice. Charlie gets the giggles watching all three out-perform each other, while Bill looks as if he's only just woken up.

61. Waiting On A Friend (Music Video 1981)
A sweet video and one of the best, particularly in the light of the big falling out Mick and Keith are about to have. Mick hangs around a street corner that looks suspiciously like Sesame Street to me, with those big wide New York doorways and step (actually it's the same house used on the cover of Led Zeppelin's 'Physical Graffiti'). Lots of pretty girls walk past and Jagger has a quick walk around the city, but by the end, but only when he bumps into the others at a local bar does he look happy, greeted with smiles and cheers that don't look as forced as you might suppose. Bill and Charlie both giggle their heads off at the back as Keith and Ronnie join in the singalong. A real moment of rare camaraderie for the troubled 1980s period.

62. Hang Fire (Music Video 1981)
I've never much liked 'Hang Fire', which is a bunch of millionaires complaining about the unemployed at the start of Thatcher's reign. I don't like the promo much either, which is a boring mimed video against a backdrop of paintings, all taken from the 'Tattoo You' packaging.

63. Neighbours (Music Video 1981)
The cheek of it! Mick hangs out of a window complaining about the noise at a party downstairs, while behind him the Stones cook up a storm! Charlie gets the only bed, though he doesn't seem too happy about it. A weird promo, with the neighbours including a couple making love, a tai chi expert and a murderer putting body bits in a suitcase, though it's cleverly shot to combine the inside and out.

64. Worried About You (Music Video 1981)
Mick and his alarming falsetto perform this in front of an organ on top of which sits a large bottle of whiskey and an over-sized hat. He performs solo until some 90 seconds in when Keith finally deigns to walk over and join in, looking the most like a zombie he ever will. Ronnie mimes the solo, even though Wayne Perkins played it on the recording.

65. Going To A Go-Go! (Music Video 1982)
The best song from the 'Still Life' album which was a surprise hit when released as a single. Footage of a sweaty and tired band strutting their stuff live on stage is intercut with Mick walking up to a saloon door cowboy style and paying to see himself live. Well, as he tells himself, it doesn't matter if you come in drag just as long as you get there somehow.

66. Time Is On My Side (Music Video 1982)
Another live single taken from 'Still Life', this one is simpler and just a straight performance of the song. Thankfully they leave in the introduction where Mick jokes the band they recorded this one when they were 'real small' and the video is a real nostalgic Stones moment, with baby shots of the band from all eras (including a very sulky Brian!) and old newsreel footage of Stones riots.

67. Undercover Of The Night (Music Videos x 2 1983)
This one comes with lots of 'explicit!' warnings, but oddly it's not sex but violence on the Stones' most big budget video. Mick wrote the song as a tale of dodgy dealings in the Far East and he dresses up as a spy shadowing the rest of the band. In what must have been a welcome moment in World War III the rest of the band get to kidnap Mick and someone playing his wife while they watch the Stones on TV. Outside 'Spiv' Mick tries to save his other self and finds his 'girlfriend' badly injured. Taking her to safety he discovers Keith holding up a train and watches himself get shot on a bridge. A shootout takes place, as watched by several other people on different TVs until someone finally manages to turn the television off. I'm not sure I'd want every Stones promo to look this - or sound like this - but the video, like the song, is definitely trying harder than many tracks lately. A second version removes much of the violence - and fun - with more of the 'performance' instead of the kidnaps and shooting.

68. Too Much Blood (Music Video 1983)
Ever seen the 'Too Much Blood' promo? 'Orrible wasn't it? Band members running round with a fucking chainsaw...' Another banned violent video, though it's of a more comedy variety this time. The video opens with horror movie strings before a girl flicks through the channels of actual horror films and discovers the Stones are in one of their own. Mick tries to dance his way out of trouble on a graveyard set, which Keith particularly looks right at home in. Mick breaks into a spooky castle for the spoken word recitation before Keith breaks through the door with a chainsaw. Upset, the girl rushes to the bathroom and discovers the taps are running blood. Perhaps she's heard that rumour about Keith's attempts to get free using drug transfusions too? Keith is clearly fulfilling a long held ambition as he chases Mick round the set with a chainsaw! Actually there's probably not enough blood in this video, but good OTT fun all the same.

69. Live Aid 1985 ('Dancing In The Street' 'Slingshot' 'It's Only Rock and Roll'  'Bob Dylan Medley' 1985)
It speaks volumes that though three members of the Stones took part in Live Aid, they didn't play together. Keith and Ronnie are the stumbling, stoned and incredibly unrehearsed backing band to Bob Dylan and Mick is having a dance-off in the street with David Bowie. The video of both men dancing in glowing lycra is probably the one that ought to come with an explicit warning (they used it complete in an episode of cartoon series 'Family Guy' while the characters look on in shock, stunned that it ever happened). Few people remember that Mick also appeared in person, duetting with Tina Turner on her own very Stonesy song 'Slingshot' where he sings her off the stage ('I love the way you walk' 'Hey d'ya like that baby?!') and a hideous 'It's Only Rock and Roll' where she upstages him. To think, they took a rare CSNY reunion off the telly so they could screen this...Well, it was for charity, let's move on...

70. One Hit (To The Body) (Music Video 1986)
Another much under-valued song is given an inventive promo, with the band suddenly kung-fu masters performing against an animated kung-fu character on the wall behind them. In what's definitely becoming a theme of these videos, Mick and Keith get into a fight and I'm not entirely convinced it's acting. The band then switch to a giant 'skyscraper' set which gives Mick lots of room for running up and down. Mick's hair is at the longest it's been since 1969!

71. Harlem Shuffle (Music Video 1986)
Until the 'Steel Wheels' comeback, this is how it looked like the Stones might go out, with a retro tune. In keeping with the nostalgic mood, the cartoon opens with Mick doing the voices for a bizarre animated cartoon before the band appear in the same bright primal colours as the 'Dirty Work' sleeve, albeit in jackets this time. Seeing Mick 'scratch like a monkey' as he teaches us the dance steps is fun, once, but there's not a lot happening in this promo and the sudden switches back to the cartoon are confusing.

72. Mixed Emotions (Music Video 1989)
It's all smiles for the reunion singles, with the 'master tapes' for this song pointedly stacked in a jukebox alongside all their old classics (in what looks like Mick's handwriting no less). The band have really aged in the three years away, especially a now white-haired Charlie, but they seem happier together than they have in a long time and Jagger still can't stand still for any length of time. We also intercut to less flattering footage of Mick doing his gym routine, as if the video is intent on giving me mixed emotions too.

73. Rock and a Hard Place (Music Video 1989)
A sea of lyrics and electronics float on past and we barely catch glimpses of the band in concert behind them all, leaving this video between a rocking concert and a hard-to-read place. A bad idea, especially for older fans with eye strain.

74. Terrifying (Music Video 1989)
This is better, though a cracking 'groove' song deserved a more interesting video - this is just a straight performance where nothing really happens. We also spend more time looking at the newly hired backing singers than any of the band except Mick, which surely can't be right. Especially given that most are, umm, terrifying.

75. Almost Hear You Sigh (Music Video 1989)
The first video shot in black and white since 1969 rather suits the band who seem to have more mystery and fascination like this than in blaring colour, especially Keith's now very craggy face. Mick appears to be singing in a stately home, for reasons never explained, while Ronnie smokes Bill (in his last video) jokes and Charlie chokes, his short clipped hair making him look more like a boxer than ever.

76. Highwire (Music Video 1991)
One of the better modern day Stones songs, lyrically at least, released on the 'Flashpoint' live album even though it's a new studio tank. The band perform in a giant warehouse that's blown up bit by bit for explosions, which suits this song about mind-games and subversion in the Gulf War. Bill was around when the song was recorded but had left by the time the video was made.

77. Sex Drive (Music Video 1991)
The ultimate Stones sex drugs and rock and roll release, this is another 'Flashpoint' oddity that features Mick talking on a psychiatrist couch about his sex addiction. Cutaway shots of Charlie listening make it seem that the drummer's not too impressed, while the lyrics and concept are really just an excuse to show lots of scantily clad girls. Mick gets prescribed aspirin. I'd suggest a cold shower.

78. Love Is Strong (Music Video 1994)
An interesting promo, shot from the floor so that everyone in it seems really huge. The band are in black and white once again, as Mick narrates a tale of love, with the pay-off line that the couple haven't actually met yet and he's really a stalker. It would be very clever had Paul McCartney not beaten the band to it with the better video for the overlooked 'Pretty Little Head' single in 1986.

79. You Got Me Rocking (Music Video 1994)
A live recording, even though it's to promote a studio single, with an unusually overdressed Jagger walking round the audience down all the many stages the band had on their 'Voodoo Lounge' tours. Not much else to say really - the band are beginning to run out of ideas by now.


80. I Go Wild (Music Video 1994)
This promo seems to have been shot live the same day and is another slightly ordinary clip. I'd go wild, but actually after band members chasing each other with chainsaws and growing several hundred feet tall it's almost a relief.

81. Out Of Tears (Music Video 1994)
For my money the greatest Stones song since the 1960s, it was a real shame that this one didn't perform better as a single, but then it was the fourth taken from an album fans had already bought. The video shows a lot more care than the last two, with a silhouetted Mick left alone in his now empty house. Keith walks past outside in the rain, head down, with a guitar case while he's later seen playing dominoes alone in a cafe, but it's a young girl we're following as he runs away. Ronnie, meanwhile, plays the solo in the pouring rain. Goodness knows where Charlie is. The video features a slightly different mix of the song by the way, with louder strings. I don't like it, but then the take on the album is perfection.

82. Like A Rolling Stone (Music Video 1995)
The surprise hit single from 'Stripped', this self-referencing Bob Dylan cover features the 'Stripped' performance intercut with random footage of street beggars and millionaire parties. While the chorus 'how does it feel?' makes sense, the rest of the video doesn't quite work: this is about personal loss and envy of a past loved one, not really a class-conscious tale.

83. Stripped (TV Concert 1995)
The most interesting, if inconsistent, of all the Stones' live shows, this slightly barer recording (you can't really call it 'unplugged') was taped during the end of the lengthy 'Voodoo Lounge' tour and features a band who are enjoying the sort of telepathy bands can only manage after playing months together. Surprisingly this show has never really been since broadcast, hence the fact that it's not in our video/DVD category, and it works best when the band are at their most informal, chatting about arrangement and making mistakes. Otherwise, though, it's a better concert to listen to than to look at, being a little lifeless while the interview snippets in between tracks get a bit irritating over time, as does the fact that most of it is in black-and-white again.

84. Anybody Seen My Baby? (Music Video 1997)
Yes Mick, she's in the 'Sleazeball Lounge' with Ronnie Wood doing a far too convincing performance as a club emcee. Mick gets hot under the collar as a girl takes her clothes off while Keith just plays with his hat. This song didn't do as well as expected as the lead single from 'Bridges To Babylon', which most fans put down to a case of plagiarism with a KD Lang song the band hadn't spotted until Mick's children pointed it out, though a rather ugly and obvious promo probably didn't help much. Shame, the song deserves better. Keith also plays his guitar solo on a giant statue of a griffin by the way and no I don't remember that in the lyrics either.

85. Saint Of Me (Music Video 1997)
This was clearly the obvious single to release anyway, a gorgeous update on the Stones' 1960s bad boy image and 1970s gospel sound. Not that this promo helps much either, with Mick back down in a seedy part of a New York street and a hooded man stands on a stepladder in the middle of nowhere, symbolism that got lost on me. The rest of the band, meanwhile, turn up in a seedy bathroom while a pretty girl washes her feet.

86. Out Of Control (Music Video 1997)
This promo is the most 'out of control' since the band were in soap suds (hey, this stuff writes itself!), with computer generated switches between shots of the band and audience that leave bits of the other hanging in the screen during the segue. I thought at first it was my rural internet on the blink again, but no - apparently it's meant to be like that, though goodness knows why. Finally we get the 'release' two minutes in accompanied  by lots of lighting displays but even that feels a little under-sold.

87. Gimme Shelter (Music Video 1999)
A belated promo that came along late to the 'No Security' party, this is one of the better songs from the sixth Stones live album, though like many a Stones thing it's a lot better to listen to than watch with Keith a pale shadow of himself and Ronnie anxiously glancing over almost the whole song to check he's alright. Mick, of course, is off in the audience and walking further in five minutes than most people do in five days during the course of the song. Lisa Fischer is no Merry Clayton either, but then Mick always sounded better doing this song solo anyway. Ah well, the next clip is just a skip button away.

88. Don't Stop (Music Video 2002)
A most unusual, largely animated video for the '40 Licks' lead single. Three young dudes are taking a car journey to see the band perform in an old relic of a car that still takes eight track cartridges. They take the psychedelic scenic route though and talk in cartoon bubbles that make a Stones-referencing anorak like me very happy ('Hey the car's boring. Let's paint it, black!') Weirdly, the trio also get chased by giant pies when they try to steal one from a shop (I must have missed the single 'Let's have some pie together...') The theme seems to be that the Stones are still having an adventure and we can be part of it too, though the director misses a trick by not setting this on 'Route 66'.


89. A Bigger Bang? (Holland TV 2005)
Worried that a still Keith's stopped breathing, the interviewer asks the guitarist is he's alright. 'Sure baby!' he rasps, before she messes with his hair and he shoos her away. Keith says that he's only just heard that the audience are going to join them on stage but it sounds good to him. Keith tries to get round the fact that the title of 'A Bigger Bang' is also partly a drugs reference by suggesting he prefers explosions to implosions and adds the interesting titbit that the title was originally for the tour, not the album. Asked if he's worried about his safety, Keith asks them to take their best shot, then backtracks and hopes no one else gets hurt if they do ('and if they do then you'll really have a big bang because I'll come back and haunt you!') He also talks about answering questions from the fans on his website and what cool questions they are. He also scotches the rumour that he has a stylist, claiming he sneaks in when no one else is looking and nicks a bit from Mick's and Ronnie's costumes.

90. Rough Justice (Music Video 2005)
'One time you were my favourite chicken, now you've turned into a fox, once upon a time I was your little red rooster but now I'm just one of your cocks!' Any excuse to repeat one of the best couplets in the Stones canon really and it's more interesting than the promo anyway, which is just a rather shakey hand-camera version of the band performing in concert (though the studio track is heard over the top). Rough justice maybe, but this video will never break your heart.

91. Streets Of Love (Music Video x 2 2005)
Two videos of Mick's heartbreak as he bids goodbye to Jade, guiltily, staring into the camera for the first time in ages. There are actually two promos for this lovely little song, one mimed on a brightly lit stage, one mimed in a dingy club complete with audience noises. The first has more Mick on top form, but the second is better for the band as a whole.

92. Rain Fall Down (Music Video 2005)
We're back in the mean broken down streets of New York again for a video where Charlie's playing squashed in a bathroom, Keith's smoking on a run-down settee and Mick's staring out at the downpour outside. Somehow, though, the landlord has still bought one of those pricey 'stones tongue' pillow covers - no wonder he can't afford the maintenance bills!

93. Doom and Gloom (Music Video 2012)
Sorry to end with doom and gloom but we end this list with, erm, 'Doom and Gloom'. The first of the 'new' tracks from the 'Grrrr!' compilation, this is a zombie film starring navigator Amelia Earhart and you don't see many of them now do you?  It's the end of the world but still the Stones play on, mainly in black and white, while on the TV news the world gets blown up bit by bit. It sums up them up rather well actually, though Mick is sensibly dressed compared to most of this list and that doesn't seem right at all!


We're going to take a pause in our Stones coverage for the festive period but don't worry, we'll be back with more - a lot more - in the new year and you can have a gander at our annual review of the year next week!

Other Stones articles from this site you might be interested in reading:


'No 2' (1965) http://alansalbumarchives.blogspot.co.uk/2015/08/the-rolling-stones-no-2-1965.html
'It's Only Rock 'n' Roll' (1974) http://alansalbumarchives.blogspot.com/2014/02/the-rolling-stones-its-only-rock-and.html
'Black and Blue' (1976) http://alansalbumarchives.blogspot.co.uk/2015/11/the-rolling-stones-black-and-blue-1976.html

'Some Girls' (1978) http://alansalbumarchives.blogspot.co.uk/2009/05/news-views-and-music-issue-30-rolling.html
'Emotional Rescue' (1980) http://alansalbumarchives.blogspot.co.uk/2014/11/the-rolling-stones-emotional-rescue-1980.html
'Undercover' (1983) http://alansalbumarchives.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/rolling-stones-undercover-1983-album.html

'Steel Wheels' (1989)http://alansalbumarchives.blogspot.co.uk/2011/09/news-views-and-music-issue-113-rolling.html
'Bridges To Babylon' (1998) http://alansalbumarchives.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/the-rolling-stones-bridges-to-babylon.html

Rolling Stones: Unreleased Recordings http://alansalbumarchives.blogspot.co.uk/2014/06/another-journey-through-past-darkly.html


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