Friday, April 25, 2008

Friday Flashback #2: The Rolling Stones

Make no mistake, new music being released today is some of the best in decades. It goes without saying (though, I'm saying it anyway) that contemporary musicians owe a great deal to their predecessors. So today we take a look back at some of the most influential and significant artists that established pop music as an art form.

Before the Stones turned into a parody of themselves, they released this gem in 1969, and a young Marty Scorsese would never be the same. Oh, and Lin Brehmer of XRT (one of the last of the great, true deejays) also just happens to think this is the "greatest song ever".

The Rolling Stones, "Gimme Shelter"
(From Let It Bleed)


Lyrics:
Oh, a storm is threatning
My very life today
If I dont get some shelter
Oh yeah, I'm gonna fade away

War, children, it's just a shot away
It's just a shot away
War, children, it's just a shot away
It's just a shot away

Ooh, see the fire is sweepin'
Our very street today
Burns like a red coal carpet
Mad bull lost its way

War, children, it's just a shot away
It's just a shot away
War, children, it's just a shot away
It's just a shot away

Rape, murder!
It's just a shot away
It's just a shot away

Rape, murder!
It's just a shot away
It's just a shot away

Rape, murder!
It's just a shot away
It's just a shot away

The floods is threatning
My very life today
Gimme, gimme shelter
Or I'm gonna fade away

War, children, it's just a shot away
It's just a shot away
It's just a shot away
It's just a shot away
It's just a shot away
I tell you love, sister, it's just a kiss away
It's just a kiss away
It's just a kiss away
It's just a kiss away
It's just a kiss away
Kiss away, kiss away
Be sure to check out some of Lin's Bins, too. They're brilliant radio. Here's an example (it's my favorite because it's about pizza):
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-J2

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