Originally Published: April 25, 2014 6 a.m.
3 Rolling Stones songs you've never heard but should:
The world went head and heels for the Beatles earlier this year for the 50th anniversary of their Ed Sullivan Show appearance. This month? We can't even get a drumstick salute for the 50th anniversary of the Rolling Stones' first album release.
A pox on all of us.
"Jumpin' Jack Flash" is the single greatest rock and roll song of all time, to date, bar none. We know their discography is paved in "Satisfaction," "Can't Always Get What You Want," "Brown Sugar" and "Start Me Up." The "Exile on Main Street" album has been rightfully dissected by ears everywhere. We don't acknowledge their witness-protection-program-neon years of 1985-88. And Ron Wood still feels like the new guy.
But what lost gems have been out there forever, right under our styluses all this time? Your top 3:
"Infamy" - From 2005, it's as funky a rhythm section as any Stones song EVuh. The "Black and Blue" album from 30 years earlier was only getting started on this sound. And Keef on lead vocal always brings an organic mix.
That's also Keef on a funky, dragged-along bass, making this one of the best Richards' vocal-guitar-bass tripleheaders of all time.
"Melody" - Once in a very, very blue moon, the Stones can also be at their heaviest when acoustic. "Melody," from 1976, has the lads playing in a jazz fog with a richly dark tempo and rightly-spirited "yeah-yeah" sneer.
Billy Preston's vibe is spilled everywhere. Add some smoky horns halfway through, and you've got the Stones swinging when they're usually rolling.
"Suck on the Jugular" - The boys were prolific on their 15-song "Voodoo Lounge" double-album in 1994. The final track on Side 3 finds where the Stones are at in a world of Nirvana and grunge.
How "Suck on the Jugular" was never covered by James Brown is anyone's guess. It's a track that also was right on time, and wouldn't have been out of place at all on the Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Blood Sugar Sex Magik" album. And bassist Darryl Jones, who's been with the group now more than 20 years, first planted his flag here.