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).

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”).

Lindsay-Hogg also directed the legendary 1968 concert film, The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus.

“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…

Taylor quit the band in December of that year. He was just 25.

The Stones continue to roll with many 2019 dates scheduled. Tickets are available here and here.

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

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