Monday, 9 July 2012

Mono Monday: It's All Over Now by The Rolling Stones

It's All Over Now
The Rolling Stones (1964)
This week marks the 50th anniversary of the first official concert The Rolling Stones performed at The Marquee Club in London.

As way of a tribute I've selected their 1964 release It's All Over Now, an early Decca single penned by Bobby and Shirley Womack.

Yes I know, its not an original Mick Jagger/ Keith Richard composition but it was a single that the band managed to successfully put their own style on  that would ultimately set them apart from other bands, particularly The Beatles.

Combining rhythm n blues with pop The Stones captured their own unique following, although the frantic screaming girls the band played to were recently compared to a scary scenario from a Hieronymous Bosch painting by Keith Richards. I once even heard first hand of a girl losing bladder control at a Stones gig in Stockton On Tees - I'm sure she wasn't the only one!

Back to It's all Over Now, the track became the bands first UK number one in Summer 1964, toppling The Animals House Of The Rising Sun, and in all seriousness it had to be a great single to do that! I love everything about it from Jagger's carefree vocals to the creeping guitar lick that's so prominent throughout the record. Great stuff!

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