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Wilmington on Movies. The Rolling Stones: Some Girls Live in Texas

 

The Rolling Stones: Some Girls Live in Texas (Three and a Half Stars)

U.S.-U.K.: 1978-2011
 
       It was 1964, the summer after my senior year in high school, and the song blasting out of the juke box at the Arctic Circle, a frozen custard drive-in and major high school hang-out in Williams Bay, Wisconsin, was “Satisfaction” by The Rolling Stones. With its unforgettable Keith Richards fuzzy riff, its driving Charlie Watts drumbeat and its cynical lyrics, pungently  and bluesily sung by Mick Jagger, it hooked me. It’s hooked me many time since — on records, at parties, breaking the silence of my lonely room,  and at the various Stones concerts, more than a few, that I’ve attended over the years, in Chicago, Los Angeles and New York.
 
I don’t remember hearing “Satisfaction” in the new live concert feature, The Rolling Stones: Some Girls Live in Texas, made at a vintage 1978 Stones show in Fort Worth, Texas, which plays in many selected theatre this Tuesday, Oct. 18 — even though that song is usually a mainstay of any Stones concert.  It doesn’t matter, The movie, a record of the Lone Star/Stone Star State gig of the American tour done in support of the recent release of the now-classic album “Some Girls”  is a priceless show, one of their best on film.
 
The show contains many Stones standards — including the scorcher “Jumping Jack Flash,” the matchlessly horny rocker “Honky Tonk Women,” the screaming but suave “Brown Sugar,” the peerlessly rock ‘n rolling “Tumblin’ Dice” and, of course, some of the prime cuts from “Some Girls”  —  from  the jaunty “Miss You” (a disco piece for people who hate disco) and, one of my all-time favorites, the yearning, howling “Beast of Burden.” There’s also some present-day remembrances and Mick Jagger jabber.
 
The “Some Girls” lineup consists of Jagger on vocals and miscellany, Richards and Ron Wood on guitars, Bill Wyman on bass, and the unbeatable Watts on drums — plus the Stones’ usual top-class sidemen. Mick wails and shouts. Keith explodes. Woodie blasts. Bill makes the bottom go right through you. And jazz fan Charlie pounds and crashes and never skips a beat. They all kill you.
 
The songs, great rockers all, are by Jagger and Richards, with some covers of Chuck Berry and others. The night looks hot and the band plays hotter. It’s a fantastic concert. They were still giving fabulous concerts the last time I saw them in 2007  — in company with the most beautiful girl (and one of the biggest Stones fans) in the world. And they’ve been making great music ever since I heard Mick wail out “I Can’t Get no Satuisfaction” from the Arctic Circle juke box and make my summer day. Hey-hey-hey! That’s what I say! 
 
The film comes from Fathom, More2Screen and Eagle Rock. For tickets, call up the various theatres showing it or browse www.FathomEvents.com     

One Response to “Wilmington on Movies. The Rolling Stones: Some Girls Live in Texas”

  1. Doug says:

    No, they didn’t do ‘Some Girls’.

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