History Trivia / TheRollingStones

4th Oct '17 1:31:56 PM DavidDelony
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** The ''Hot Rocks'' compilation was released without the band's involvement, as they had left ABKCO for their own Rolling Stones label.
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* FanNickname: Keith Richards became "Keef", due to his accent. And the band as a whole are commonly known as simply "The Stones".
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* BannedInChina: When they played China as part of a world tour, they were specifically told by the government some of their songs were forbidden, such as "Brown Sugar", which was about an interracial sexual hook-up.



* CareerResurrection: They had two:
** The band were music royalty by the end of TheSixties, maintaining their greatest critical and mainstream success into the early 70s. However: more or less by the mid-70s, their chart success seemed to be drying up, despite continued critical and audience praise alike. Then, in 1978, the number-one disco-influenced "Miss You", the lead-off single to the equally-successful ''Music/SomeGirls'' became their biggest hit since "Angie" in 1973. Afterwards, signs of creative differences between Music/MickJagger and Music/KeithRichards erupted, especially after guitarist Richards voiced disapproval of the disco-influence in the title track to 1980's ''Music/EmotionalRescue''. The follow-up ''Music/TattooYou'', their final U.S. number-one album, also containing their final U.S. top 3 hit "Start Me Up" has been opined very highly by hardcore fans as their last even decent album.
** THEN, things began to go downhill big time with its follow-ups "Undercover" and especially 1986's ''Music/DirtyWork''. Both albums were released to mixed and divisive reception, and "Dirty Work", while producing a top-5 novelty with a cover of Bob & Earl's "Harlem Shuffle", was recorded during a bitter strain in the Jagger/Richards partnership, with Richards disapproving so highly of Jagger's focus on solo efforts coupled with his refusal to tour with the Stones that the strain nearly led to their breakup. Three years later, in early 1989, Jagger and Richards finally buried the hatchet, quickly reuniting the band to record a new album, ''Music/SteelWheels'', which debuted at #3 and produced both a successful tour and the band's final major U.S. hit in "Mixed Emotions". Better yet: that same year, the Stones were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and they have continued to record and perform to the present day, past their 50-year mark, releasing their first full studio album in over ten years, ''Music/BlueAndLonesome'', in late-2016.
* CashCowFranchise: They never actually went away.
* ChartDisplacement: The band had eight #1 singles (including their signature "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" and other classics like "Brown Sugar" and "Paint It Black"). This total, however, does not include "Gimme Shelter" (not a single), "Sympathy for the Devil" (not a single either, although Music/FatboySlim's 2003 remix hit #97), "Start Me Up" (#2, though it was their biggest #1 on Mainstream Rock), "Jumpin' Jack Flash" (#3), "Wild Horses" (#28), or "You Can't Always Get What You Want" (#42).



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* InMemoriam: The 1969 compilation ''Through the Past, Darkly (Big Hits Vol. 2)'' is dedicated to the then recently-deceased Brian Jones, and the sleeve notes include an epitaph that Jones had composed himself.

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* FatalMethodActing: They've had some near misses:
** At a concert in Sacramento, California, in September 1965. Before performing "The Last Time", Music/KeithRichards noted his microphone was pointing away from him. To put it in the right direction, he smashed his guitar against the mic, causing it to give him an electric shock, which rendered him unconscious for seven minutes. Luckily Bill Wyman rushed to his aid in time to get the guitar away from his body (the shock had ''melted away'' three of its strings).
** Music/MickJagger was assaulted by a drugged-up audience member during a performance at the Altamont Free Concert in December 1969; the would-be murderer was fatally stabbed by event security before he had a chance to do anything except point a gun at the stage.
** In December 1981, the Stones were in the middle of "Satisfaction" when Keith spotted a lone fan climbing on stage and making a dash for Mick. With Music/JohnLennon's murder still on everyone's mind, Keith calmly turned down the volume on his guitar, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dv1bM0pp_o4 hit the guy over the head with it]], strapped his guitar back on, turned up the volume and kept playing without missing a beat. Then he went down to the police station and bailed the guy out.
* InMemoriam: The 1969 compilation ''Through the Past, Darkly (Big Hits Vol. 2)'' is dedicated to the then recently-deceased Brian Jones, Music/BrianJones, and the sleeve notes include an epitaph that Jones had composed himself.



* KeepCirculatingTheTapes:
** ''Cocksucker Blues'', the infamous documentary about the 1972 ''Music/ExileOnMainStreet'' album tour (featuring lots of language, sex, and general mayhem). The band sued over the content of the film, and so it can't be shown in public without the director being present. (The director does hold frequent screenings.) This hasn't stopped it from being a mainstay on the bootlegging scene for many years. Ten minutes of excerpts from ''Cocksucker Blues'' eventually found their way into 2010's ''Stones In Exile'', but obviously it isn't anywhere near the same experience.
** ''Forty Licks'', their comprehensive GreatestHitsAlbum, has been out of print since 2008 due to rights issues. Though a more comprehensive one, ''GRRR!'' came out in 2012, and even included one of the four new songs from ''Forty Licks'' [[ContemptableCover (even if its cover is lamer)]].



* RoleEndingMisdemeanor: Music/BrianJones was fired from the band as due to many drug-related arrests he couldn't get a visa for an US tour. Less than one month later Jones died under mysterious circumstances.



* WhatCouldHaveBeen: In 1969 they asked Music/JeffBeck to join them, but he turned them down. Can you imagine what ''Music/StickyFingers'' and ''Music/ExileOnMainSt'' would have been like with Beck's guitar heroics? In a way it may be for the best that he didn't join, because that much awesome concentrated in one place might have caused the world to explode.


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* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
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In 1969 they asked Music/JeffBeck to join them, but he turned them down. Can you imagine what ''Music/StickyFingers'' and ''Music/ExileOnMainSt'' would have been like with Beck's guitar heroics? In a way it may be for the best that he didn't join, because that much awesome concentrated in one place might have caused the world to explode.

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** "Paint It, Black" was intended to be a comedic song. When the original guitar riff didn't work, they replaced it with a much harsher one, which changed the entire tone of the song.

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* BreakthroughHit: "I Wanna Be Your Man" was their big breakthrough in the UK. In America, it was "Tell Me".
12th Apr '17 11:06:36 PM thelivingtoad
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** ''Bridges to Babylon'' only saw problems emerge when it was time to record in LA, as Keith Richards did not like Mick Jagger's plan to invite outside producers such as Music/TheDustBrothers, whose work on Music/{{Beck}}'s ''Odelay'' had impressed Jagger, and looping expert Danny Saber. Richards hated electronic music and refused to work with either of them. He even fired Saber from the album when he found out he was overdubbing guitars. As for The Dust Brothers, they ultimately only worked on three tracks. Most of the album was instead produced by Don Was, who had produced ''Voodoo Lounge''. Midway through production, Was had to keep Jagger and Richards in separate rooms and studios. Richards and his engineer friend had to steal tapes to make sure a track was finished. Charlie Watts, only got through the conflict by bonding with famous session percussionist and former [[Music/JohnLennon Plastic Ono Band]] member Jim Keltner, with whom he would make a solo record later. Watt ultimately flew out of Los Angeles as soon as he was not needed anymore. By the end of the sessions, none of the Stones were speaking to one another. It was their last album for nine years.

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** ''Bridges to Babylon'' only saw problems emerge when it was time to record in LA, as Keith Richards did not like Mick Jagger's plan to invite outside producers such as Music/TheDustBrothers, whose work on Music/{{Beck}}'s ''Odelay'' had impressed Jagger, and looping expert Danny Saber. Richards hated electronic music and refused to work with either of them. He even fired Saber from the album when he found out he was overdubbing guitars. As for The Dust Brothers, they ultimately only worked on three tracks. Most of the album was instead produced by Don Was, who had produced ''Voodoo Lounge''. Midway through production, Was had to keep Jagger and Richards in separate rooms and studios. Richards and his engineer friend had to steal tapes to make sure a track was finished. Charlie Watts, only got through the conflict by bonding with famous session percussionist and former [[Music/JohnLennon Plastic Ono Band]] member Jim Keltner, with whom he would make a solo record later. Watt Watts ultimately flew out of Los Angeles as soon as he was not needed anymore. By the end of the sessions, none of the Stones were speaking to one another. It was their last album for nine years.
14th Mar '17 10:18:14 AM thelivingtoad
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* TropeNamers: SympathyForTheDevil is named after the song ([[ThisTropeIsNotAnExample even if the lyrics are more the Devil expressing sympathy for the listener]]), and ManOfWealthAndTaste comes from the second line.

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* TropeNamers: SympathyForTheDevil is named after the song ([[ThisTropeIsNotAnExample even if the lyrics are more the Devil expressing sympathy for the listener]]), song, and ManOfWealthAndTaste comes from the second line.
14th Mar '17 10:17:12 AM thelivingtoad
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** ''Bridges to Babylon'' only saw problems emerge when it was time to record in LA, as Keith Richards did not like Mick Jagger's plan to invite outside producers such as Music/TheDustBrothers, whose work on Music/{{Beck}}'s ''Odelay'' had impressed Jagger, and looping expert Danny Saber. Richards hated electronic music and refused to work with either of them. He even fired Saber from the album when he found out he was overdubbing guitars. As for The Dust Brothers, they ultimately only worked on three tracks. Most of the album was instead produced by Don Was, who had produced ''Voodoo Lounge''. Midway through production, Was had to keep Jagger and Richards in separate rooms and studios. Richards and his engineer friend had to steal tapes to make sure a track was finished. Charlie Watts, who only went through the conflicts by bonding with famous session percussionist and former [[Music/JohnLennon Plastic Ono Band]] member Jim Keltner, with whom he would make a solo record later. Watt ultimately flew out of Los Angeles as soon as he was not needed anymore. By the end of the sessions, none of the Stones were speaking to one another. It was their last album for nine years.

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** ''Bridges to Babylon'' only saw problems emerge when it was time to record in LA, as Keith Richards did not like Mick Jagger's plan to invite outside producers such as Music/TheDustBrothers, whose work on Music/{{Beck}}'s ''Odelay'' had impressed Jagger, and looping expert Danny Saber. Richards hated electronic music and refused to work with either of them. He even fired Saber from the album when he found out he was overdubbing guitars. As for The Dust Brothers, they ultimately only worked on three tracks. Most of the album was instead produced by Don Was, who had produced ''Voodoo Lounge''. Midway through production, Was had to keep Jagger and Richards in separate rooms and studios. Richards and his engineer friend had to steal tapes to make sure a track was finished. Charlie Watts, who only went got through the conflicts conflict by bonding with famous session percussionist and former [[Music/JohnLennon Plastic Ono Band]] member Jim Keltner, with whom he would make a solo record later. Watt ultimately flew out of Los Angeles as soon as he was not needed anymore. By the end of the sessions, none of the Stones were speaking to one another. It was their last album for nine years.
14th Mar '17 10:16:49 AM thelivingtoad
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** ''Bridges to Babylon'' only saw problems emerge when it was time to record in LA, as Keith Richards did not like Mick Jagger's plan to invite outside producers such as Music/TheDustBrothers and would both berate those and record separatedly. Producer Don Was came to the point he kept Jagger and Richards separate, Richards and his engineer friend had to steal tapes to make sure a track was finished, and Charlie Watts, who only went through the conflicts by bonding with a percussionist with whom he would make a solo record later, flew out of Los Angeles as soon as he was not needed anymore.

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** ''Bridges to Babylon'' only saw problems emerge when it was time to record in LA, as Keith Richards did not like Mick Jagger's plan to invite outside producers such as Music/TheDustBrothers Music/TheDustBrothers, whose work on Music/{{Beck}}'s ''Odelay'' had impressed Jagger, and would both berate those looping expert Danny Saber. Richards hated electronic music and record separatedly. Producer refused to work with either of them. He even fired Saber from the album when he found out he was overdubbing guitars. As for The Dust Brothers, they ultimately only worked on three tracks. Most of the album was instead produced by Don Was, who had produced ''Voodoo Lounge''. Midway through production, Was came had to the point he kept keep Jagger and Richards separate, in separate rooms and studios. Richards and his engineer friend had to steal tapes to make sure a track was finished, and finished. Charlie Watts, who only went through the conflicts by bonding with a famous session percussionist and former [[Music/JohnLennon Plastic Ono Band]] member Jim Keltner, with whom he would make a solo record later, later. Watt ultimately flew out of Los Angeles as soon as he was not needed anymore.anymore. By the end of the sessions, none of the Stones were speaking to one another. It was their last album for nine years.
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* MagnumOpusDissonance: According to Richards' autobiography, Jagger looked at ''Music/ExileOnMainSt'' as just another album. It also took awhile for its reputation to build.
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* TroubledProduction: ''Music/ExileOnMainSt'' had the band members recording in less-than-ideal conditions in France escaping the UK government's heavy taxes, and Keith Richards substance abuse spread to various people of the crew. ''Bridges to Babylon'' had Mick Jagger's intention of working with outside producers not being well-received by Keith, and the working environment suffered for it.

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* TroubledProduction: ''Music/ExileOnMainSt'' had the band members recording in less-than-ideal conditions TroubledProduction:
** ''Music/ExileOnMainSt.'' was recorded
in France escaping for tax reasons. Most of the UK government's heavy taxes, backing tracks were recorded in the basement of Richards' villa at Nellcôte, a poorly-ventilated environment where the heat would cause the guitars to go out of tune. Recording took place all night but none of the Stones ever showed up all at the same time - Wyman sat out most of the sessions, Jagger was frequently AWOL and Keith Richards was just getting started on his infamous substance abuse. He was joined in said substance abuse spread to various by Taylor, producer Music/JimmyMiller, session musician Bobby Keys and engineer Andy Johns - Wyman claimed in his autobiography that he, Watts and Jagger were the only people of in the crew. villa who abstained to some degree. The band then took the piecemeal recordings and backing tracks to UsefulNotes/LosAngeles, added all the overdubs and assembled them into ''Exile''.
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''Bridges to Babylon'' had only saw problems emerge when it was time to record in LA, as Keith Richards did not like Mick Jagger's intention of working with plan to invite outside producers such as Music/TheDustBrothers and would both berate those and record separatedly. Producer Don Was came to the point he kept Jagger and Richards separate, Richards and his engineer friend had to steal tapes to make sure a track was finished, and Charlie Watts, who only went through the conflicts by bonding with a percussionist with whom he would make a solo record later, flew out of Los Angeles as soon as he was not being well-received by Keith, and the working environment suffered for it.needed anymore.
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