GARY PIG GOLD goes THROUGH THE PAST, SMARTLY

StonedPigPicThe jury – to say nothing of the legal teams – appear to still be out on precisely how much of a bigger bang the Rolling Stones are making in marking this, their supposed fiftieth (!) year together. For example: Did the long-thought-lost Mick Taylor truly succeed in again, albeit momentarily, filling Brian Jones’ gigantic musical shoes during the band’s recent concerts? And speaking of quasi-reunions, how come the Stones invited back the best bass player they’ll ever have and then only let him play for a song or two ??

Now seeing as the vast majority of their fan base these days prefer reclining in front of flat screens as opposed to braving the crush at the local EnormoDome, the band has kept the anniversial ball, well, rolling with some fabulous new books (one of which Yours Very Truly actually took part in) and a slew of brand new/old DVD releases specially made for all December’s remaining children.

CharlieIsOurDarlingThere’s the fully-Jagger-authorized (which explains why his greatest “hits” from Cocksucker Blues were not included) Crossfire Hurricane retrospective, for example, not to mention the BEYOND Required Viewing Charlie Is My Darling: Ireland 1965 documentary-and-then-some. All fine viewing, of course.

But let’s talk today of two items which contain the cream of the band’s considerable on-stage capers, both on television, where the young Stones initially made their greatest generation-dividing impact, and later on stage in Texas at the, um, height of one of their many, many one-last-comeback tours.

StonesSullivanDVDIndeed, you can choose from a package comprising four – or six if you spring for the Deluxe edition – complete (with commercials even!) Stones-featured Ed Sullivan Shows remastered from those once-Swinging Sixties. Then, on much the opposite end of the musico-historical scale, view a long-rumored and ultimately shelved (because, as director Lynn Lenau recalls, “they thought they looked too old”) semi-low-budget 16mm film of a typical show from their S.E.A.T. (as in “Seventy Eight American Tour”) supporting the just-released “back-to-basics” Some Girls long-player …which, buy the way, can now be yours on DVD, Blu-ray and/or “Special Edition with CD digipack presentation StonesTexas78DVDincluding a reproduction tour program” (included on all configurations however, it should be noted, is the Stones’ (in)famous 1978 Saturday Night Live appearance starring Dan Aykroyd as Tom Snyder).

On a budget, and can only afford one of the above items you say? Especially after plunking down £229 (plus postage + handling) for Bill Wyman’s Scrapbook ?? Try to believe a word I say then, as we duly compare The Ed Sullivan Shows Starring The Rolling Stones and Some Girls Live In Texas ’78 in order to help make up what’s left of your mind…

VENUE:

SULLIVAN:  CBS Television Studio 50, New York, New York and CBS Television City, Los Angeles, California.

SOME GIRLS:  Will Rogers Auditorium, Fort Worth, Texas.

DATE:

SULLIVAN:  Six Sunday nights between October 25, 1964 and November 23, 1969.

SOME GIRLS:  Tuesday night, July 18, 1978.

EnglandsNewestHitMakersROLLING STONES’ ALIAS:

SULLIVAN:  England’s Newest Hit Makers.

SOME GIRLS:  The London Green Shoed Cowboys.

AUDIENCE:

SULLIVAN:  728

SOME GIRLS:  2,856

CORPORATE SPONSERS:

SULLIVAN:  Lipton Tea, Pillsbury, Dove soap, Anacin, Easy-On Spray Starch, Chef Boy-Ar-Dee, Lux Liquid, The Man From Glad, Geritol (“America’s #1 tonic”), Aqua Velva, Aero Shave, Aero Wax, Burlington Mid-Length Socks, Infra-Rub, Lees Carpets, Polaroid Corporation, Pacquin Cold Cream, Ben-Gay Lotion, FTD Florists, Sleep-Eze (“when you can’t sleep because tension has you all wound up”), Sominex (“if you can’t sleep because of simple nervous tension or daily problems”), Vivarin Stimulant Tablets (“Give yourself a lift!”), ProSlim 7-day reducing wafers, Norelco, Cheesecake nylons (yes, cheesecake), Hai Karate After Shave and Cologne, Juan Valdez’s 100% Colombian Coffee, Teflon II Certified Cookware, and Zerex anti-leak anti-freeze.

SOME GIRLS:  Bill Graham.

SET DESIGN:

1.tifSULLIVAN:  Giant cheese wheels, ironic dripping chandeliers, orange then blue screen, purple and (paint it) black screen, psychedelic rib cages and lots of reflective foil.

SOME GIRLS:  In the words of Old Gods Almost Dead author Stephen Davis, “a bare stage surrounded by a huge red lips and tongue logo painted on a scrim. A pair of giant tonsils floated over Charlie’s drums.”

OPENING ACTS:

BeatleEdSULLIVAN:  London Lee, Itzhak Perlman, Stiller and Meara, Peg Leg (really!) Bates, Laurence Harvey, The Kim Sisters, The Berosinis, Phyllis Diller, Morecambe and Wise, Leslie Uggams, Gitta Morelly, Dusty Springfield, Tom Jones, Totie Fields, The Half Brothers, Señor Wences, Les Olympiades, Eddie Schaeffer, Hal Holbrook, The Romanian Folk Ballet, Sandy Baron, The Muppets (twice!), Franco Corelli and Renata Tebaldi, Louis Armstrong, Joan Rivers, Robert Goulet, Red Skelton, The Michael Bennett Dancers, Flip Wilson, Petula Clark, Monroe the Acrobat, “this group of forty-four nuns from the Convent of the Sisters of Saint Benedict in Erie – that’s Erie, Pennsylvania, of course” aka Sisters ’67, Alan King, Rodney Dangerfield, Ella Fitzgerald, Robert Klein, “from the Hawthorne Circus, an amazing tiger riding a horse,” the even more amazing Lucho Navarro (who impersonates motor cars with his mouth) and, of course, Topo Gigio.

SomeFacesSOME GIRLS:  Peter Tosh.

INTRODUCTION:

SULLIVAN:  “And now (pause) singing (pause) singing Time on my si- (pause) Time On My Side (pause) The Rolling (pause) Stones!” 

SOME GIRLS:  “Welcome the fucking amazing Rolling Stones!”

SPECIAL GUESTS:

SULLIVAN:  Merry Clayton, vocals, “Gimme Shelter” (but you can’t see her; you can only hear her).

SOME GIRLS:  Doug Kershaw, fiddle, “Far Away Eyes.”

KEITH’S FOIL:

SULLIVAN:  Brian Jones, guitar, bottleneck, sitar, dulcimer, recorder, piano.

SOME GIRLS:  Ron Wood, if you let him, guitar.

EdMickKeithSpendingTimeTogetherMICK’S FOIBLE:

SULLIVAN:  Singing “Let’s Spend Some Time Together” under Ed’s strict orders.

SOME GIRLS:  Singing “Sweet Little Sixteen, she’s got the grown up blues, tight dresses and Tampax, she’s sportin’ high-heel shoes” without Chuck Berry’s consent.  

NUMBER OF TIMES CHARLIE WATTS SMILES:

SULLIVAN:  7

SOME GIRLS:  2  (though he is positively on fire throughout this show!)

NUMBER OF TIMES BILL WYMAN MOVES:

SULLIVAN:  0

SOME GIRLS:  0

(sorry, I kid:  During the Stones’ inaugural Sullivision appearance, Bill was actually given a live microphone into which he was moved to add harmonies during “Time on my si- (pause) Time On My Side”)

SomeBibGREATEST HITS PERFORMED:

SULLIVAN:  “The Last Time,” “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” “As Tears Go By,” “19th Nervous Breakdown,” “Paint It, Black,” “Lady Jane,” “Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing In The Shadow?,” “Ruby Tuesday,” “Gimme Shelter,” “Honky Tonk Women.”

SOME GIRLS:  “Honky Tonk Women,” “Starfucker,” “When The Whip Comes Down,” “Beast Of Burden,” “Miss You,” “Shattered,” “Tumbling Dice,” “Happy,” “Brown Sugar,” “Jumpin’ Jack Flash.”

GREATEST HITS IGNORED:

SULLIVAN:  “Street Fighting Man,” “Under My Thumb,” “Sympathy For The Devil,” “Mother’s Little Helper,” “Get Off Of My Cloud,” “2000 Light Years From Home,” “Connection.”

SomeSwagSOME GIRLS:  “Sister Morphine,” “Bitch,” “Turd On The Run,” “Short and Curlies,” “Cherry Oh Baby,” “Claudine,” “I’d Much Rather Be With The Boys.”

NUMBER OF MINUTES ON STAGE:

SULLIVAN:  Six-and-a-half to twelve (per appearance).

SOME GIRLS:  Approximately eighty-three. 

FEE:

SULLIVAN:  well, It’s important to remember that eight months before the Stones’ debut appearance there, The Beatles were paid a total of only $10,000 for their first THREE Ed Sullivan Shows.

SOME GIRLS:  It should also be remembered that the Stones paid filmmaker Lynn Lena and her crew a total of only $1,000 to shoot Live In TelegramForEdTexas ’78.

RESPONSE:

SULLIVAN (in a message to Stones co-manager Eric Easton following the band’s first Ed Sullivan Show):  “We were deluged with mail protesting the untidy appearance clothes and hair, of your Rolling Stones. Before even discussing the possibility of a contract, I would like to learn from YesterdaysPaperyou, Eric, whether your young men have reformed in matter of dress and shampoo.”

SOME GIRLS (Mick Jagger, by way of introducing “Respectable” to the bemused citizens of Fort Worth)“I’m afraid if the band’s lacking slightly in energy, it’s because they spent all last night fucking …but we’ll do our best.”

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Gary appears here every 4th Monday

Contact us at: dbawis@rogers.com.

DBAWIS ButtonGary Pig Gold may have grown up in Port Credit, run away to Hamilton to join his first rock ‘n’ roll group, hung out with Joe Strummer on his first-ever night in the UK, returned to T.O. to publish Canada’s first-ever rock ‘n’ roll (fan)zine, run away again to Surf City to (almost) tour Australia with gary pig gpld facong leftJan & Dean, come home again to tour O Canada with that country’s first-ever (authorized!) Beach Boys tribute band …but STILL, he had to travel all the way back to the USSR to secure his first-ever recording contract www.GaryPigGold.com

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