Classic Rock Corner

Can't Get It Out of My Head: "It's Only Rock N Roll"

Live in El Lay, July 1975

Sometimes you can just tell it's going to be a good week. Rocks Off heard "It's Only Rock N Roll" - the prize of the Stones' interregnum between Exile on Main Street and Some Girls (sorry, "Angie" fans) - on the way home last night and, sure enough, it does help ease the pain. You can almost see Keef nodding off during that extra-dirty riff, and Mick - as usual - is taking no mess: "Bet you think you're the only woman in town." (If anyone knows different, it's him.)

Be that as it may, "It's Only" makes a solid case that rock and roll will forever be the Stones' true mistress - and for a band that hardly needed explain itself in 1974, moves the curtain aside just enough to show that Mick sticking a knife in his heart and spilling it right onstage isn't just a metaphor.  


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Chris Gray has been Music Editor for the Houston Press since 2008. He is the proud father of a Beatles-loving toddler named Oliver.
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