ARTICLE ABOUT Mick Jagger (Rolling Stones) FROM New Musical Express, January 28, 1967


Some interesting tidbits in this one. Not sure if Mick really listened to the new Beatles single, but still – some great discussion about their own single. This surely were a completely different time than we`re living in now.
Read on!

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Jagger scorns critics

By Keith Altham

THOSE naughty Rolling Stones — the ones who write wicked things like “Let’s Spend The Night Together” — wouldn’t go on the nice man’s roundabout last Sunday. If that sounds frivolous considering the recent contention over the group’s refusal to mount the revolving circus-rostrum after their Palladium TV last Sunday, it reflects Mick Jagger’s own views when I spoke to him on Monday.
He had just finished a piano lesson and proved to be in good form.
“Ello Keef — controversial Mick ‘ere,” he rasped in suitably moronic tones. “Straight from my record breaking run at the Palladium!”
WHY DID YOU REFUSE TO GO ON THE REVOLVING STAGE FOLLOWING THE FINALE OF THE PALLADIUM SHOW?

Pleased about row

“I thought we’d gone far enough by doing the show,” he said happily. “Anyhow, Andrew and I had a great row about it which made an excellent front page in the ‘Daily Mirror’ which I was very pleased with.
“The only reason we did the show was because it was a good national plug — anyone who thought we were changing our image to suit a family audience was mistaken.
“There was no question of our having to change the lyric of ‘Let’s Spend The Night Together.’
“Let’s face it, the BBC are playing it and you can’t get much `Auntier’ than them — we had to change it for America because the Ed Sullivan Show was the one plug we were doing on the record and they wouldn’t let us perform it without changing the lyrics.”

DON’T YOU THINK SOME OF YOUR REMARKS MIGHT HAVE ANTAGONISED THE AUDIENCE?
“I only yelled out things like ‘Hello Fruity’ because there were two girls waving a huge poster with ‘Fruity Mick’ written on it.”

WERE YOU ABLE TO SEE THE SHOW AFTERWARDS?
“Yes — Paul video-taped it for us on his machine and Keith and I went round to his place to see it.”

PAUL McCARTNEY?
“No Paul Asher! I thought it was people making pathetic remarks about pop stars. Dave Allen’s remarks about us weren’t funny – they were pathetic and they all take it so seriously. You should see them practising back stage.
“I thought the sound we got was better than any other group has achieved but the camera angles were terrible. Someone accused us of ruining the show – how can you ruin a show with two camera shots.
“Do you know they had four cameras there — two of them must have been out of action.
“I see someone wrote that Shani Wallis was the star of the show.
“I remember her — she’s in the shampoo ads isn’t she?”

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SEEING THAT SOME RETAILERS ARE RETURNING “RUBY TUESDAY” AS THE ‘A’ SIDE FOR YOUR NEW SINGLE (No. 20 in the NME Chart) ARE YOU STILL CONVINCED “LET’S SPEND THE NIGHT TOGETHER” IS THE BETTER NUMBER OF THE TWO?
“I think that it’s very important to be able to dance to our singles and `Let’s Spend The Night Together’ is the best dance number.”

WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THE CRITICISM THAT YOUR LAST FEW SINGLES HAVE SOUNDED VERY SIMILAR — PARTICULARLY THE DRUM PATTERNS?
“That’s because Charlie can’t play anything else — I think some people have got tin ears that’s what I think!”

ARE YOU PLEASED WITH THE NEW CHRIS FARLOWE SINGLE YOU PRODUCED?
“I’m pleased you asked me that — especially as I asked you to. I’m very pleased with it. It’s called ‘My Way Of Giving’ — it’s released next week and Steve Marriott who wrote it needs the money, so I hope it’ll be a big hit.
“We also recorded ‘Yesterday’s Papers’ with Chris off our own LP but Steve’s composition turned out better.”

WHEN WILL THE ROLLING STONES PERFORM LIVE NEXT?
“Quite soon — what I want to do is have a show for young people which is not just pop stars coming on stage singing their latest recordings. I want it to include all kinds of acts — a stage show — except at the end we’ll go round on a revolving stage, leaping about for an hour to make up for the Palladium.
“Oh, and the ice creams will all have acid in them — that’s my brother’s idea!”

TAKING INTO CONSIDERATION THE PRESENT TREND FOR GROUPS TO INCORPORATE FILM SHOWS AND SMASH UP CARS, TV SETS AND EQUIPMENT IN THEIR ACT DO YOU SEE ANY RADICAL CHANGES LIKELY IN THE STONES ACT?
“I suppose we could take an elephant on stage and break that up! Really the Who began all this smashing scene and they are the only group I like to see do it.
“With the others it’s just a case of finding bigger things to smash — someone will take a bus on stage soon and smash that up.
“I went to one of those ‘smashing happenings’ at the London Roundhouse a few weeks back. I thought everyone would be freaking out and wearing weird clothes but they were all wandering around in dirty macs — it was the most boring thing I’ve ever seen.
“Paul McCartney thought everyone would be wearing weird clothes have been very lonely for him, ‘cos and he went as an Arab, which must when I went there wasn’t another Arab in sight.”

HAVE YOU HEARD THE NEW BEATLES SINGLE?
“Yes and I can’t say anything about it. I like both sides equally.”

WHAT DID YOU THINK OF JIMI HENDRIX’S STAGE ACT ?
“I dig it — nice atmosphere in the club where I saw him. Most sexual thing I’ve seen for a long time!”

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