Saturday, July 2, 2011

Saturday Night At The Liberal Curmudgeon: The Rolling Stones Update “The Spider And The Fly”

The Rolling Stones were among the British rock bands that revived the American blues in the 1960s. Here the Stones play an acoustic version of their 1965 composition “The Spider and the Fly” in a Tokyo studio 30 years later. Acknowledging his band’s advancing ages, Mick Jagger changes the age of the song’s female subject from 30 to 50. In his autobiography “Life,” Keith Richards praises Jagger’s blues harmonica playing; Jagger lives up to the praise as he takes a solo.


Michael The Molar Maven said...

I first heard an "unplugged" version of one of my favorite Stones songs on their "Stripped" CD and I also give them kudos for the "adjustment" in the lyrics. Too often I hear 60 year old men singing about "Sweet Little Sixteen" or "She was just seventeen, of you know what I mean..."

Jeff Tone said...

The Stones’ song “Time Waits For No One,” one of their best, shows their realistic acknowledgment of time and mortality.