Popular opinion around The Stones these days is that they’re a Heritage act. Now performing as a tribute to themselves. You don’t go to see The Stones for the current state of rock and roll. You go to hear the jukebox favourites and to imagine it’s 30-40 years ago and you’re right there in the eye of the storm when rock and roll was taking the shape of things to come.
I don’t think even the Stones would argue with most of that.
(this is fast becoming my catch phrase) Annnd yet. Back in 2012 (or just last week in Keef years) The Stones put out what must have been their 99th Greatest Hits Set.
This one was titled Grrr! (so it still files next to Greatest hits in the A to Z you see, that’s Charlie’s influence. I get the impression he’s a stickler for Admin) and for the benefit of the fans (and of getting something new out for their 50th anniversary tour) it had two new studio recordings on it.
Here’s the shocker though. Doom And Gloom was a proper belter. It’s a full on Rock Song! Chunky riff, state of world address lyrics, driving rhythm. It could have been recorded by any of the pretenders to their crown at any point from ’76 to today. You could Imagine AC/DC doing Doom And Gloom or The Sex Pistols, The Black Crowes, Jet, The Strokes, Ash, Foo Fighters, Halestorm or INHEAVEN.
This is a rock song. A proper one. From The Rolling Stones at 50 that shouldn’t have surprised anyone. But it did.