Friday, June 17, 2011

The Rolling Stones - "Far Away Eyes"

The Rolling Stones have never been ashamed of their fondness for country music. All of their albums contain at least one country music song. From "Exiles On Mainstreet", with "Sweet Virginia", to "Beggar's Banquet", with "Prodigal Son", the Rolling Stones have always paid homage to their country influences. Let's not forget "Country Honk" from 1969's "Let It Bleed", which was the original version of "Honky Tonk Women." Sometimes, as in this 1978 MTV video of "Far Away Eyes", from the album "Some Girls", this homage has been a bit tongue in cheek. But no one does country as well as some of the English bands, like Squeeze, or even Pete Townshend with Ronnie Lane on their 1977 album "Rough Mix."

Me, I just want the day off, so enjoy the video. It's one of my favorites. Watch Jagger's facial expressions, as well as the bored look upon the faces of Charlie Watts, while he keeps the beat, and Bill Wyman, who is primarily a jazz bassist, as he leads the band. The lyrics are also a treat.

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