The Rolling Stones It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Video

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rolling_stones_its_only_rock_n_roll_albumWhen we first posted this story, we hadn’t seen this clip in years.

It’s the Rolling Stones‘ official video for 1974’s “It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll (But I Like It)” and it’s great to see the former members: bassist Bill Wyman and guitarist Mick Taylor (who was just 20 when he joined the World’s Greatest Rock and Roll Band).

Related: Interview with Bill Wyman on the birth of the Stones

The clip was directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg who worked extensively on “promotional films” (as they were quaintly referred to back in the day) with both The Beatles (“Paperback Writer” and “Revolution,” among others and Stones (“Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” “Angie”).

“It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll (But I Like It)” is considered one of the Stones’ signature songs but surprisingly only reached #16 on the U.S. pop charts and #10 in the U.K. (The album of the same name was Taylor’s final one with the classic rock band, though he has appeared with them on stage many times since. The LP reached #1 in the U.S. and #2 in the U.K.)

The follow-up single, a cover of the Temptations’ 1966 hit “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg,” failed to chart in the U.K. but reached #17 in the U.S. A third single, “Dance Little Sister,” did not chart. Standout LP cuts include “If You Can’t Rock Me” and “Time Waits For No One.”

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We’re not sure who convinced the Stones to dress up in identical sailor suits while performing in a circus tent. And then someone cues the bubbles in our Classic Video from the World’s Cleanest Rock ‘n’ Roll Band…

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