Wednesday, April 15, 2015

M is for Mick


Realistically, I don't feel like I have a choice with regard my "M."  Sure, there's McCartney...but I've tipped my hat to the Beatles already. Let's spread the love around, shall we?

For uniqueness, swagger, and longevity - no one has the moves like Mick Jagger. Clearly, the Rolling Stones were one of the most dynamic and influential groups that ever hailed from Great Britain. The man has rooster strutted across six decades and is still involved in music, stage and screen. What is this dude's vitamin regimen? Is he a Highlander (the movie, not the Scottish geographical region)? 'Cause in the end, there can be only one!

Mick was born in Kent in 1943. In school, he excelled and most bios are quick to note a school pal named Keith Richards. Jagger and Richards shared a love of music - particularly American rock and roll, as well as blues. Over radio and records, an idea bloomed: they would start a band. Mick was always the singer, but Richards would become a legendary lead guitarist. Over the years, members included Brian Jones, Bill Wyman, Ron Wood and jazz dummer, Charlie Watts. 

At times, they rivaled the Beatles or surpassed them in popularity. Where the Beatles tried to look the "good boy" part with their suits and clean cut look, the Stones were the bad boys of rock in the 60s. 

Some of my favorite Jagger/Stones tunes include (but are not limited to!): "Dancing in the Street" (with David Bowie)", "Paint It Black",  "Jumpin' Jack Flash", "Tumbling Dice", "Under My Thumb" and "Angie."

I've attended a few Rolling Stones concerts, and I hated to see them end. My friends and I would linger till the last possible moment. In fact, wild horses couldn't drag me away...






On another note, if you've never seen Maroon 5's video of "Moves Like Jagger" -  you're missing a modern salute to Mick!






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49 comments:

  1. Here comes your 19th nervous breakdown - oh yeah! Love Mick!
    Isn't Maroon 5 just cute as a button?
    Good golly Miss Molly - great 'M' day!

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    1. I've got to agree with you on Maroon 5 - I've become a bit of an Adam Levine fan, too.

      Thanks, Dixie!

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  2. Not being a song word person I didn't know the Maroon 5 song was a Jagger tribute. I'm learning a lot this musical month here. I'm getting some satisfaction.

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    1. There may be a quiz and homework, Mike!

      (Thanks, buddy!)

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  3. M Is For... MICKARTNEY?
    (How about "Stephen T. MicKarthy"?)

    Glad to see you didn't oversleep this time, CHERDO.

    Favorite Stones song... would have to say 'GIMME SHELTER'.

    What I like best about The Stones though is that (based on something I read somewhere many years ago), they flat-out refused to appear on this show unless the producer(s) also let HIM perform on it.

    ~ D-FensDogG
    'Loyal American Underground'

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    1. If you'd sing for me - video is fine - then you'd have a shot at the musical A-to-Z. What are you waiting for? A capella is not out of line.

      Nice slide into Howlin' Wolf! Pretty slick...

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  4. I am not a Maroon 5 fan, but I hear that song every day at work. It's really catchy and it's grown on me to the point I'll sing along with it when nobody else is in the store with me.

    The Jonas Brothers also did a sort of tribute to some of the classic rock musicians in the movie Camp Rock 2. I like that song also, but I think mainly for everything they mentioned (and I understood every reference). That video is linked here for you, if you wanted to see: http://youtu.be/2pgpeia419s (You'll have to ignore the bad acting.)

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    1. I love a comment with a link - thanks! That one went totally under my radar.

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  5. The Stones are playing Indy! Mick still has the moves and I'm hoping I might actually get to see them.

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    1. You have to go! My friends were complaining about the outlandish ticket prices, but now that I think about it - I think I paid over $100 to see them over twenty years ago in Cleveland.

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  6. Th only right choice for M! Honky Tonk Women say so!

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  7. Good morning, dear Cherdo!

    Sorry I'm tardy. I was hungry this morning and just got back from the drive-through of my local fast food restaurant where I picked up their breakfast specialty, Egg MickJagger. (It's full of piss and vinegar.)

    I enjoyed your salute to this long time Jaggernaut of rock music. As you pointed out, Mick and his mates, like the Beatles and other Brit-beat bands that formed in the late 50s and early 60s, were heavily influenced by the sounds coming out of the U.S., especially the music being produced by black artists. They covered American blues, R&B and early soul recordings and performed them in an exciting, updated style - that of a self-contained, guitar-driven band.

    You also mentioned the rivalry between the cute, cuddly and polished Beatles and the raw, rough and rowdy Stones. For a while, another British invasion combo, The Dave Clark Five, was almost running neck and neck with the Beatles as the most popular British import to America. Soon, however, the DC5 was eclipsed stateside by both the Beatles and the Stones. Today, it's hard to believe that the DC5 ever mounted such a challenge because you don't hear very much about them anymore and their records aren't played nearly as often as those of the Beatles and the Stones.

    "Video killed the radio star," as the song goes, but Mick Jagger was definitely one of those iconic artists meant to be seen as well as heard. His macho prancing, strutting and gesticulating multiplied the impact of his music a hundredfold. There was no one quite like him.

    Thank you very much, dear friend Cherdo!

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    1. The Dave Clark Five sort of got run over by the other Brit invaders and while it's a shame on one hand...on the other hand, it's the Beatles and the Stones!! Nothing to complain about there.

      Another group that I liked that got pushed to the rear was Gerry and the Pacemakers. Gerry Marsden really had a sweet, mellow voice. "Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying" is a great tune but those Liverpool boys were not THE Liverpool boys.

      The biggest challenge of the A-to-Z is a short post. 100 to 300 words? I could easily do 1000 to 3000. Why was it I chose humor for my schtick....?

      Gotta scoot out the door (it's raining...dang) and inject some learnin' into my home schooled short friends.

      Have a great (dry) day!

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    2. CHERDO ~
      If I sang... you'd run faster'n you ever thought you could.

      I absolutely LOVE the song 'Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying'. And by the way, this morning, the sun caught me dreaming...

      Not sure if it was my remark about you "oversleeping" or what, but... early this morning, you were in a dream I had. I was a guest at your house. (No, not your blog - your HOUSE! By the way, do you REALLY think those drapes go with that color of carpeting? ...Ohhhh-kaaaaay!)

      It must have been early December because you had gotten out a Nativity set. I put a couple of pieces into the manger. (One of the pieces was either some kind of pie or quiche. I hope it was a blueberry pie because... real men don't eat quiche ...and I'm fakin' it the best I can!)

      And then I noticed you had a floor mat with a painted Nativity scene on it and it was a gift for me. I asked you if you had painted it and you said no, that it was a sister or sister-in-law who'd painted it for me at your request.

      And then I woke up and thought: Whoa! That was a weird dream. ...Gee, I hope that wasn't quiche.

      So, what does all this mean to you? I should stop eating pizza pie so close to bedtime? (I only wish the explanation was so simple.)

      ~ D-FensDogG
      'Loyal American Underground'

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    3. What is so weird about this - and I've never mentioned it on this blog - is that I own an inordinate amount of Nativity sets.

      And my drapes are fabulous.

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    4. I don't know about the drapes but... "your hair is PERFECT!"
      (Didn't ya just love Warren?)

      Hmmm... more than one Nativity set, eh?
      Peculiar dream. Wouldn't be the first time I tapped into something real from the dream state.

      ~ D-FensDogG

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  8. Cherdo, a great choice for the "M" for today. You have done such a great job of finding music from our era of rock, and the memories of places and times come flooding back. I'm enjoying watching the Voice right now, as some of them go back to those old songs. Good job, girlfriend.

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    1. Oh, Linda, you are soooo sweet. Thank you for the kind comment. ;-)

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  9. I never really liked Mick Jagger's music...sadly. I like most of Maroon 5's music, but not Moves Like Jagger. That's not the only song of theirs that I don't like, though. I mostly like their slower songs. The upbeat ones, the ones that sound more pop, are annoying to me for some reason.

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    1. I have a friend that has the exact same taste. ;-)

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  10. I'm somewhat surprised that Mick has managed to survive all these years. Well maybe even more so that Keith has. "Wild Horses" is among my favorite Stones songs but they did some great ones. I do enjoy the Maroon 5 tribute "Moves Like Jagger"--wonderful, fun song.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Tossing It Out

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    1. You read my mind. These guys may be immortal.

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  11. I can't believe the freaky spider is 72! He really knew how to market The Rolling Stones and most liked one another because they have stayed together longer than many marriages.. I head one ex say that Mick and the undead (Keith Richards) should be married since they know each other so well and hang out often. I don't know if the latter is true but I do love their music and how much blues affected their music

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    1. I am never going to look at Mick Jagger again without thinking "freaky spider."

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  12. Jagger is a great talent, to be sure. But, he reminds me of Grandpa in spandex now. Which is horrifying. Because Grandpa is dead.

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  13. He can still perform with the best of them it seems, maybe that's his workout for the month? lol

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    1. Just to make me really envious, I don't think the dude has an ounce of body fat.

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  14. I saw Mick and the Rolling Stones perform at the LA Forum in '74. Santana played better music, but Mick stole the show.

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    1. Santana and the Stones? That's too much joy for one person. I'm not sure I like you anymore.

      Love,
      Janie

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  15. I wasn't a Stones fan growing up, but have gradually come to appreciate them over the years. I'm a bit jealous that you've seen them in concert.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. I love poor little what's his name who was killed in his swimming pool. He's off to the side in these old clips. He looks cherubic.

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    2. I feel bad when I respond to comments and you don't. I must stop, or you must add your twenty million worth.

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    3. Ha ha ha....I missed this, probably saw the gray comment box and thought I had commented. That is sad now that I look at it. I made my dear pal Janie-poo do her own follow up. I'm a horrible friend.

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    4. Ha ha ha....I missed this, probably saw the gray comment box and thought I had commented. That is sad now that I look at it. I made my dear pal Janie-poo do her own follow up. I'm a horrible friend.

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  16. So enjoying your posts. It is so interesting to read them. Your someone who knows so much about and is enjoying music !
    Love, Dancing in the street, Jumping Jack Flash, Under My Thumb so many favorites so little time.
    But I can't stand the awful lead singer of Maroon 5. yuck ! Not enough time to make me like him.

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. Adam Levine is a love him or hate him kind of guy.

      Thanks, parsnip!

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  17. I think he and Steven Tyler are both on some kind of magical drug.
    Keith Richard has done all the other drugs though...

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    1. There's common thread here: a lot of people think there's something otherworldly about these two.

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  18. LOVE Mick and the Stones. There's no one like them in concert. I've seen them several times and never been disappointed. I have to hand it to them for still being out there doing what they love. I'd like to know what Mick's secret is too.

    Sunni
    http://sunni-survivinglife.blogspot.com/

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    1. When someone has passion for something, it shows!

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  19. Mick is one of a kind. His delivery of "Siameeese...cat of a girl" is, without a doubt, one of the coolest, most stylish moments in all of rock music.

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    1. You are SO right!!! Great point. He oozes cool.

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  20. My favorite pre-Some Girls was Heartbreaker... or maybe Tumbling Dice. Post-Some Girls, about anything from Steel Wheels, especially Almost Hear You Sigh...

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    1. The Steel Wheels Tour was one of the concerts I saw - totally awesome.

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  21. This is from my mean side: Mick Jagger looks like he's been ridden hard and put out wet.

    From my less mean side: He was actually a somewhat attractive young man.

    From my nice side: I really like The Rolling Stones. They've managed to slide through decades without becoming outdated or untrue to their own performance. Whatever that means. It's not easy to move through so many decades and still be relevant (and recording). Kudos to the boys.

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  22. Ah, The Rolling Stones! I love the group. My favourite songs are: Angie and Brown Sugar. :)

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  23. I've seen them 3 times and each time was so amazing!! They're coming to Dallas in a few months but we still haven't been able to decide if we're going. My husband has never seen them but the tickets are going sky high. Crazy!

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Thanks for your personal yada, yada, yada,
Love, Cherdo