Hey Mick Jagger Let The Good Times Roll !

Hey Mick Jagger...Let the good times roll !

How many times did you hear some one yell that at a Rolling Stones concert ? For some reason my true musical interest of the Rolling Stones didn’t happen until the early autumn of the 1981 American Tour in support of the Tattoo You album. Growing up in the late 1960's and 1970's the Stones radio play was always there, AM or FM radio, the stations always played the Stones. Most of my friends always thought the older the hits the better or more rocking so to speak.

During the 1981 American Tour when I was at the first Hartford Connecticut concert, Mick always being a bit chatty, said “Hello and Good Evening Everyone, Glad You Could Make It” then a brief pause occurred and he then said “This Is Our First Time Playing Hartford since July 27th 1966 at Dillon Stadium” followed by another brief pause, as then Mick yells out to the crowd “ Were Any Of You Here That Night ? “ Dead silence followed, I mean you could hear a pin drop. Next he says; “Well....We Were !” Three seconds later they blasted into Lets Spend The Night Together. This was Mick and his attitude. Always right, always rocking.

As an English musician from the early 1960's, singer and excellent songwriter, lead vocalist and a founding member of The Rolling Stones he defines longevity in Rock and Roll. Being almost a counterculture figure with his long hair and reported drug use and romantic involvements, he was one of Rock’s early bad boys. What makes him and The Rolling Stones so interesting is that their music always seemed to be ahead of the music curve. Although not considered by some as great as the Lennon / McCartney writing team, Mick and Keith Richard became one of rock’s best song writers. Some personal observations on The Stones record albums;

Their Satanic Majesties Request
Timing was everything in this 1967 release, as some consider it the anti OR opposite of The Beatles Sargent Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album. It’s psychedelic blast both musically with its depth and artistically on the album cover. Possession of LSD was still legal in the USA when this album was released.

Sticky Fingers
The album cover of a pants with zipper is so suggestive. What a great marketing ploy. Lets not say the word sex on the cover, lets just suggest it.

Exile On Main Street
Rock like you’ve never heard it before, Blues so drug and or alcohol based it made you want to party. A 1972 time piece with every one trying to and yes, keeping in control.,

Black & Blue
Some considered it a “meaningless” album, I just always like it for it’s straight forward funky rock and roll 1976 pre-disco style. However I can remember some groups protesting against the album title.

Emotional Rescue
Released in 1980, and embracing disco, along with Mick’s falsetto changing voice, I just had a tough time getting into this album. Most of my friends would say- “just put on something older of theirs to listen to.” Now we all know this album rocks on many levels.

Tattoo You
Towards the mid to end of 1981 the song Start Me Up was being played everyplace. It’s 3 minutes plus song length was clean, crisp, entertaining and heck even your parents couldn’t complain about this one.

What had just happened ? For me in 1981 The Rolling Stones became mainstream. I rediscovered all their older music, loved their new music and tried not to become to overly obsessed with following their 1981 American Tour. When seeing The Stones in concert, everyone always is asking “ What is Mick doing ? ”, The answer is that he is rocking us all to our core. If you were sitting next to me at one of their concerts - I might have been yelling; Hey Mick Jagger - Let the good times roll !

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Nicky Page 4 years ago from Indiana

Like a rolling stone, Mick Jagger will always let the good times roll.

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MarshFish 4 years ago

Nice Hub Leighandrew,

One release you forgot was their great 1978 album, Some Girls. It's just been re-released, including a pricey box set version.

The Stones also have had some interesting album covers, with the Satantic Majesties lenticular one, the zipper on Sticky Fingers, the photos of Farrah Farrah Fawcett, Lucille Ball, Marilyn Monroe etc. on Some Girls (although removed for legal reasons), the thermographic band photos on Emotional Rescue, etc.

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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Who doesn't want to "Move Like Jagger"!! He's a rock n roll icon!! Fab hub!!

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