SONG TITLE:  SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVILMick Jagger is a man of wealth and taste
COMMENTS: The devil went down to London.  He was looking for a soul to steal. He was in a bind 'cause he was way behind, and he was willing to make a deal.  Then Mick and Keef mugged him and took his jewelry and credit cards.

You might think of this as Robert Johnson after attending self-esteem classes.  The glimmer twins took the deepest, darkest blues legends about making deals with the devil and took the logic to the wall. Jagger casts himself in his ultimate dream role as Ol' Scratch, bragging on all his historic victories, then and therefore demanding respect for his power and influence.  Countless stupid heavy metal bands later this in-league-with-the-devil stuff may seem cliched, but in 1968 this was a bold and visionary position.

Satan dances a joyous victory dance through the ruins of human civilization.  The whole impact of this celebration of the power of evil is built first of all on its success as a dance track.  First praise as nearly always must go to Charlie for those congo rhythms and maracas and such.  His percussion track here in itself should qualify as the greatest ever recorded musical celebration of voodoo rights, human sacrifice etc.  Also, those climbing and agressive bass lines from Mr.
Wyman really put the rock drive into the mix.

The combination of instrumental colors is pretty awe-inspiring.  Start with the basic rhythm section just described, then add some honky tonk piano.  Then there is Keef expressing Satan's personal joy through the famous razor sharp shards of guitar solo.  And don't forget the frenzied, high pitched "woo-wooooo" vocal harmonies from the natives.

On top of all this is Mick as an exceptionally articulate and expressive devil who, let us say, really enjoys his work.  He is articulate not just in his choice of words, but in the melodic development and precision, the care taken in picking the exact right phrases and pauses to tell the tale for maximum impact.  For example, note the melodic emphasis as he sings "So when you see me, have some SYM-pa-thy.  Show some COUR-te-sy, and some TASTE."

You know, when a magic man like this comes along, the only thing you can really do is follow him and become his willing servant.



Rolling Stones 1964 General Images Collection, page 1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  11  12

Rolling Stones 1964 The Big Beat   2   3   4   5

HELL'S ANGELS ALTAMONT PHOTOS, PAGE 1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  11  12  13  14  15  16  17  18


Holla Back!

Rolling Stones Photo Galleries  Hundreds of photos

Rolling Stones

Music Sustains the Soul

More Things Log

More Things Home



Link Soup
morethings master photo gallery index MP3 new album releases lyrics sammy davis little richard photos buddy holly pictures fats domino images chuck berry pictures 01/ 02/ 03/ 04/ 05/ 06/ 07/ 08/ 09/ 10/ 11/ 12/ 01/ 02/ 03/ 04/ 05/ 06/ 07/ 08/ 09/ 10/ 11/ 12/ 01/ 02/ 03/ 04/ 05/ 06/ 07/ 08/ 09/ 10/ 11/ 12/ 01/02/  03/ 04/ 05/ 06/ 07/ 08/ 09/ 10/ 11/ 12 01/ 02/ 03/ 04/ 05/ 06/ 07/ 08/ 09/ 10/ 11/  12/01/ 02/ 03/ 04/ 05/ 06/ 07/ 08/ 09/ 10/  11/  12/08/ 09/ 10/ 11/ 12/ la 24 lucille ball images james blunt photos clint eastwood pictures lena horne images team america pictures robert mitchum photos bruce springsteen pictures  mariah carey pictures ann coulter photos george clooney images  loretta lynn pictures beatles pictures white stripes pictures andy griffith pictures kill bill pictures beverly hillbillies pictures robin williams frank zappa pictures jerry lee lewis pictures richard pryor photos june carter johnny cash pictures vic mackey shield pictures u2 photos four seasons images james cagney images elvis presley pictures country music blog dolly parton pictures olsen twins photos tom petty photos tori amos pictures joaquin phoenix images David Bowie photos Quills movie images reese witherspoon pictures rolling stones photos fiona apple images kim novak images ray charles photos marx brothers pictures prince rogers nelson pictures blazing saddles images  sinead o'connor images  eddie murphy photos aretha franklin photos south park  pictures homer simpson images bob dylan pictures elizabeth taylor photos drawn together images saturday night live pictures hee haw pictures james brown images pete townshend photos tina turner pictures dixie chicks photos margaret thatcher photos guns n roses pictures paula abdul pictures jodie foster photos amy winehouse eminem frank sinatra photos van halen images satan blondie photos joni mitchell pictures merle haggard images rocky horror pictures