Archive for the Rolling Stones Category

Funky Friday – Bloggers Banquet

Posted in Cover Versions, Funky Friday, motown, northern soul, Remake Remodel, Rolling Stones, Soul on October 3, 2008 by planetmondo


Most of the Stones uptempo output comes with a fully formed stomp in it’s step, created by a combo of Charlie’s pumping pulse-beat drums, Keef’s louche grooves and Mick’s swishery (check out ‘Bitch‘ or ‘Monkey Man’ for examples of all three in perfect synch’), so it only takes a touch of extra heat under the tunes to clonk them up a groovy gear…

Merrie Clayton – Gimme Shelter
Merrie’s belting version of ‘Shelter’ was my proto-Funky Friday post

Anadar Shankar – Jumpin Jack Flash
Sitar Hero a Go-Go

Little Richard – Brown Sugar
A screeching, squawling, Southern Soulish re-work of ‘Brown Sugar’

Mary Wells- Satisfaction
A Tamala flavoured twist on the Stones Standard

And also worth lending an eye too…

Sympathy For The Devil

Recording possibly the most influential “ooh-ooh’s” ever (kicks in at 1:18)

Thelma Houston – Jumpin’ Jack Flash

A beaut’ of a belter

Otis Redding – Satisfaction

Otis’s (backed by Booker T and The MGs)entire Monterey set is explosive, but this track is unrelenting – listen out for ‘Duck’ Dunn’s piledriving bass runs.

Rolling Stoner

Posted in 60's, 70's, books, guitar, rock, Rolling Stones on January 14, 2008 by planetmondo


I read the Ron Wood biog’ last week, which is pretty much 350ish pages of drunken stumbles, lucky breaks and bad investments. But it left me thinking what must it be like to be a Rolling Stone? Possibly not too dissimilar to this….

Waiting on a Friend.

*Stoner update – I’ve just found out (via searching Friends Reunited)that I used to go the same Youth Club as Ronnie’s Sister in Law. I knew he’d made a few local appearances attended gigs, been spotted in pubs etc – all makes sense now.*

As an extra here’s a tune I came up with a couple of years ago. Well, it’s not really a tune – it’s a 1 take piece of tat that took 10 minutes to crack out as an experiment in ‘open G’ tuning. Open G is a technique regularly employed by Keith Richards, it’s the heart of the Stones sound and more importantly saves having to faff around remembering endless fancy chord shapes (nice and easy if your feeling a bit ‘relaxed’ of an evening). Tune the guitar to open G and one simple shape fits all frets. Please excuse any clunker notes and blame them on first take nerves.

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Wraiths With The Devil

Posted in halloween, horror, mini mix, Rolling Stones on October 31, 2007 by planetmondo

Here’s something to put the frighteners on those pesky trick or treaters, and Halloween party hangers on.

The Rolling Stones – Too Much Blood

The Stones go death disco in this video nasty directed by Julien Temple.
Bleeding TVs, Keith looking like Captain Black and lurking like the Midnight Rambler, Easter Island Bill Wyman with a headless bass and Mick doing his voodoo dancing around the ruins. Yikes!!! Is there room for one more behind the settee?

Now why not pop over to channel mondo and check out the Trilogy Of Terror that’s been showing on Channel M
Or enjoy some grave shaking grooves in a Mondo mini Mix

Frighty Night Is Music Night

Tracklist of Terror

R Dean Taylor – There’s A Ghost In My House
Fabienne Delsol – I’m Gonna Haunt You
Ella Fitzgerald – Knock On Wood
Corduroy – The Frighteners
The Ventures -Superstition
Edgar Winter Group – Frankenstein (edit)
Amanda Shankar – Jumpin’ Jack Flash
The Rolling Stones – Too Much Blood

Also don’t forget to check out the Halloween theme mini mix from last Friday – here

Cool or Crazy Covers Pt. 1 – Gimme Shelter

Posted in Cover Versions, northern soul, Remake Remodel, Rolling Stones, Soul on August 24, 2007 by planetmondo


A new feature starts today on the Atomic Blog – Cool or crazy covers of classic tracks.

I’m going to kick it off with an absolutely stomping soul rework of The Rolling Stones moody masterpiece

Gimme Shelter – Merrie Clayton .

Merrie is the lung busting session singer featured on Gimme Shelter by the Stones. This is her own super funky version of the song, and she has a tear up with it.

Dirty horns, funky wah guitar, crazy bongo’s – Its all going on here!.

As a Brucie bonus I’ve also added the super rare Stones demo of Gimme Shelter, (with Keef singing and no backing vox) so you can really see what Merrie brought to the track

Keith Demo- Gimme Shelter.

Merrie Clayton doing Gimme Shelter is available on a tip top compilation here.

But, I first came across it at the superb soul site that is Funky 16 Corners, always worth a check out for rare and rocking Soul nuggets