The Rolling Stones’ Exile on Main Street

I’ve been read­ing about this set all over the web, most recent­ly at An Aquar­i­um Drunk­ard. Unsur­pris­ing­ly, under­stand­ably, every­one’s fall­en in love with one of the great­est albums ever all over again.

I got the deluxe remas­tered edi­tion for Father’s Day and I’m still work­ing my way through it, but some­thing real­ly struck me as I lis­tened: do we have the Stones to blame for Blue­sham­mer and their ilk? I mean, would Ken­ny Wayne Shep­herd and Jon­ny Lang have been pos­si­ble with­out the Stones paving the way for guys like Ste­vie Ray Vaugh­an?

2 replies on “The Rolling Stones’ Exile on Main Street”

I was lis­ten­ing to Exile on Main St. in the car this week­end, and it occurred to me that Slim Har­po’s “Shake Your Hips” (cov­ered on Exile, where it was orig­i­nal­ly mist­i­tled “Hip Shake”) is the core of at least half of ZZ Top’s cat­a­log. 🙂

You’re absolute­ly right, not that there’s any­thing wrong with that. I read
some­where once that Shel­lac’s Steve Albi­ni was inter­viewed on VH1 about ZZ
Top, prais­ing their ear­ly mate­r­i­al, while they showed the “Legs” video
behind his head. The won­ders of edit­ing, right?

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