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Charlie Watts Dismisses Rolling Stones (always hated Elvis)
http://www.clashmusic.com/news/charlie-watts-dismisses-rolling-stones ^ | January 29, 2010

Posted on 01/29/2010 7:30:33 PM PST by ConservativeStatement

Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts has revealed he no longer cares if the band continues saying, "Honestly, I couldn't care less if it were over."

Watts is famously dismissive of popular music with jazz his widely acknowledged first love. He is currently on tour with The ABC&D of Boogie Woogie jazz-blues band and confirms, "Jazz is my passion. This is the music that I really want to do. The Stones are merely an annoying pastime."

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TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: beatles; rockandroll; rollingstones; watts
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1 posted on 01/29/2010 7:30:34 PM PST by ConservativeStatement
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To: ConservativeStatement

Is that why he always looks so bored when he’s playing with them?


2 posted on 01/29/2010 7:32:50 PM PST by autumnraine (You can't fix stupid, but you can vote it out!)
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To: ConservativeStatement

I discovered the beautiful music of the Renaissance at about the age of 35. I’ve never looked back, and often wondered just what I ever saw in rock music.


3 posted on 01/29/2010 7:33:20 PM PST by Mr Ramsbotham (Obey the law, or you'll go to prison and be raped.)
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To: ConservativeStatement

“The Stones are merely an annoying pastime.”

But quite a profitable one!!


4 posted on 01/29/2010 7:33:48 PM PST by Chi-townChief
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To: ConservativeStatement
Well that explains his less-than-enthusiastic countenance for the past 40-odd years.
5 posted on 01/29/2010 7:35:07 PM PST by constitutiongirl ("Nietzsche was stupid and abnormal."---Leo Tolstoy)
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To: ConservativeStatement
The Stones are merely an annoying pastime."

That pays the bills.

That is the way I sometimes think of my job.

6 posted on 01/29/2010 7:35:25 PM PST by Pontiac
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To: Mr Ramsbotham

Name some of your fav artists/cds from that era. I’d be interested in checking them out.


7 posted on 01/29/2010 7:37:03 PM PST by Beloved Levinite (I have a new name for the occupier of The Oval Office: KING FRAUD! (pronounced King "Faa-raud"))
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To: ConservativeStatement
Here comes your nineteenth nervous breakdown
8 posted on 01/29/2010 7:40:53 PM PST by eyedigress ( now.)
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To: Mr Ramsbotham
I'm a Baroque fanatic myself. Like you, I find it increasingly difficult to listen to rock music. I'd take Monteverdi, Bach and Handel over the Stones, Beatles and Hendrix anyday.

I'm sure Mick Jagger is tired of the Rolling Stones too. It's been almost a quarter century since they put out anything close to a decent album.

9 posted on 01/29/2010 7:41:00 PM PST by SamAdams76 (I am 41 days away from outliving Jim Jones)
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To: ConservativeStatement
Honestly, I couldn't care less if it were over.

Echoing my sentiments to a tee.

10 posted on 01/29/2010 7:44:49 PM PST by IronJack (=)
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To: SamAdams76
I'm a Baroque fanatic myself. Like you, I find it increasingly difficult to listen to rock music. I'd take Monteverdi, Bach and Handel over the Stones, Beatles and Hendrix anyday.

Well, I've always said, "if it ain't Baroque, don't fix it!" :-) I guess if the only thing you've ever known is the swill that's modern music, that's what you're going to enjoy; just as if you've never tasted lobster you might think tripe is the ultimate in culinary delight!

11 posted on 01/29/2010 7:45:46 PM PST by Mr Ramsbotham (Obey the law, or you'll go to prison and be raped.)
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To: SamAdams76

I’ve kind of gotten bored with rock too. But I’m moving in a slightly different direction from you guys — towards disco. A Chic album spins on a turntable in the background as I type.


12 posted on 01/29/2010 7:49:17 PM PST by Yardstick
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To: ConservativeStatement

It’s a pity that the Rolling Stones never cultivated ‘B’ teams of musicians, composers and vocalists. They could have had a complex orchestra, bringing together classical blues and jazz, with the core band as the centerpiece.

Rolled into one, it would be a music academy, a recording studio, and a record label, generating music groups, training composers, cross training performers, etc.


13 posted on 01/29/2010 7:51:18 PM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: Beloved Levinite

Try these for starters:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55ImcX8SCe0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CBpRbbLVlPs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fmnJXIMDwQw


14 posted on 01/29/2010 7:52:01 PM PST by Mr Ramsbotham (Obey the law, or you'll go to prison and be raped.)
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To: Mr Ramsbotham

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5aMFzEgQH-Q


15 posted on 01/29/2010 7:56:32 PM PST by Gone_Postal
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To: Gone_Postal

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q2ZqVdEEu8A&feature=related


16 posted on 01/29/2010 7:58:10 PM PST by Gone_Postal
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To: ConservativeStatement

He put out a very good album, ‘The Charlie Watts Orchestra’, a big band recording, in which Courtney Pine got his start.


17 posted on 01/29/2010 8:04:14 PM PST by real saxophonist (The fact that you play tuba doesn't make you any less lethal. -USMC bandsman in Iraq)
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To: Gone_Postal

What goes around comes around, I guess. But this is illustrative of the modern trend in music which has steered itself toward the purely rhythmic and percussive—the primal elements of music, the simplest, and the least refined.


18 posted on 01/29/2010 8:12:19 PM PST by Mr Ramsbotham (Obey the law, or you'll go to prison and be raped.)
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To: SamAdams76

Their appearance at the Super Bowl was simply horrible. I was never a big fan but did see the Stones live back in the 60’s.


19 posted on 01/29/2010 8:16:55 PM PST by Starboard
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To: ConservativeStatement; a fool in paradise
Watts is a riot! He may be the best rock'n'roll drummer that's ever lived, and with Wyman (no relation to Mrs Reagan, and not his real name) one half of the best rock'n'rolly rhythm section evah, but he's a drummer boy, boy!

Chet Baker, who often recorded and appeared without drummers, said it best: "A good drummer is better than no drummer at all."

Did Elvis' first recordings on Sun had a drummer? Anyway, Charlie's good tonight, I luv him!

20 posted on 01/29/2010 8:25:27 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: ConservativeStatement

I have a hard time respecting someone who prospers with certain music then acts dismissive about it.

It’s fine if he prefers Jazz but he is where he is because of the success of the RS. That deserves some respect at least. Unless he wants to give back all that “annoying” money that came with.


21 posted on 01/29/2010 8:44:23 PM PST by Soul Seeker (?)
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To: ConservativeStatement

He’s actually quite the boob. He and his wife started shooting heroin in their late 40s because they were bored, got hooked, then had to go through detox. Hey, Charlie, why do you think they call it “dope”?


22 posted on 01/29/2010 8:51:15 PM PST by InvisibleChurch (doctrine matters)
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To: Soul Seeker

“I have a hard time respecting someone who prospers with certain music then acts dismissive about it.”

You can be really good at something and still not like doing it. But when it’s that profitable . . .


23 posted on 01/29/2010 8:55:26 PM PST by ModelBreaker
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

*It’s a pity that the Rolling Stones never cultivated ‘B’ teams of musicians, composers and vocalists.*

Uhhh, have you ever seen the Stones play live?


24 posted on 01/29/2010 9:57:13 PM PST by j-damn
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To: ModelBreaker

*You can be really good at something and still not like doing it. But when it’s that profitable . . .*

Most great artists want to be something or someone else but as you say, they have to pay the bills somehow. Watts wants to play nothing but jazz, Clapton wants to be Robert Johnson, Paul McCartney wants to write classical music. Too bad there’s no money in any of that.

Watts is touring with his jazz band—what is he supposed to say when asked about the Stones? “Oh yeah, my current band sucks balls compared to them—don’t pay to see us when we’re in your town”.

Really, people.


25 posted on 01/29/2010 10:01:20 PM PST by j-damn
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To: Mr Ramsbotham

Too bad the Rolling Stones didn’t listen to the music of the Renaissance back when they were 35. But to be fair, they weren’t into teen pop music back then.


26 posted on 01/29/2010 10:05:35 PM PST by TypeZoNegative (Pro life & Vegan because I respect all life, Republican because our enemies don't respect ours.)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Rock Bump for you G-Bear.


27 posted on 01/29/2010 10:13:01 PM PST by Captain Beyond (The Hammer of the gods! (Just a cool line from a Led Zep song))
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To: ConservativeStatement; Grizzled Bear

Sorry about that it was a bump for Grizzled Bear. Lol I forget to put the semi-colon in with his screen name in post.


28 posted on 01/29/2010 10:18:00 PM PST by Captain Beyond (The Hammer of the gods! (Just a cool line from a Led Zep song))
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To: Gone_Postal

I LOOOVE Carmina Burana!

Thanks!

Ed


29 posted on 01/29/2010 10:31:41 PM PST by Sir_Ed
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To: Gone_Postal

What a cool Beethoven’s 9th!

Ed


30 posted on 01/29/2010 10:36:17 PM PST by Sir_Ed
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To: Revolting cat!

RE: “He may be the best rock’n’roll drummer that’s ever lived, and with Wyman...one half of the best rock’n’rolly rhythm section evah,....”

Entwistle and Moon baby! There’s your best rhythm section ever.


31 posted on 01/29/2010 10:36:19 PM PST by Walvoord
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To: ConservativeStatement

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32 posted on 01/29/2010 10:40:36 PM PST by happinesswithoutpeace (We are using your brain's electrical system as a receiver)
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To: Revolting cat!
"Watts is a riot! He may be the best rock'n'roll drummer that's ever lived..."

That's quite a statement given the existence of Neil Peart. At least you left a little wiggle room there.
33 posted on 01/29/2010 10:46:18 PM PST by ThomasSawyer (Democratic Underground: Proof that anyone can figure out how to use a computer.)
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To: j-damn
Uhhh, have you ever seen the Stones play live?

A friend gave me a free ticket to see them at the Cotton Bowl in the early 90’s.

One of the worst live acts I ever saw. They should have hung it up long before then.

I’ll have to say that “Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out!” is a pretty good live album, but that was 1970.

34 posted on 01/29/2010 11:03:17 PM PST by primeval patriot
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To: ConservativeStatement

less type more music


35 posted on 01/29/2010 11:11:13 PM PST by happinesswithoutpeace (We are using your brain's electrical system as a receiver)
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To: happinesswithoutpeace

Here you go!

A killer version of Midnight Rambler from 1976.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8zAAOA5CMPs

A 1989 version of Midnight Rambler
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-kBBcZ5pJk&feature=related

A 1971 version of Midnight Rambler
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4_q7EzuuHI&feature=related

They rock it out no matter what year you see them.


36 posted on 01/30/2010 12:47:02 AM PST by Captain Beyond (The Hammer of the gods! (Just a cool line from a Led Zep song))
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To: Captain Beyond

:)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DAsQimbUNsY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-NPX5XEhP4


37 posted on 01/30/2010 1:04:26 AM PST by happinesswithoutpeace (We are using your brain's electrical system as a receiver)
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To: NewRomeTacitus; cripplecreek; creeping death; JeffreyH; RandallFlagg; cschroe; rollo tomasi; ...

Heavy Metal Ping - Thank you Captain Beyond!


38 posted on 01/30/2010 7:33:30 AM PST by Grizzled Bear (Does not play well with others.)
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To: j-damn

I know they give notoriously poor live performances. But the purpose of an academy is to cultivate new talent, like the old “Tin Pan Alley”, so that young artists and composers can network, create, and especially get introduced to the public by a non-hostile recording label.

And this is a completely different skill set from performance.

It also could introduce the young talent to old school music that the Stones used to enjoy, such as blues, jazz, and other American classics.


39 posted on 01/30/2010 7:38:46 AM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: ConservativeStatement

Not unlike Jerry Garcia, who knew that the Grateful Dead gig buttered his bread, but he certainly preferred playing bluegrass.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p0ODUbDLS7A&feature=related


40 posted on 01/30/2010 7:46:38 AM PST by Canedawg (The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.)
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To: ConservativeStatement
The drummer is the guy who hangs around with the musicians, right?

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41 posted on 01/30/2010 7:47:34 AM PST by Elle Bee
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To: Walvoord

“Entwistle and Moon baby! There’s your best rhythm section ever.”

Puleeeeeezzzze! Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker


42 posted on 01/30/2010 7:52:48 AM PST by Poser (Enjoying Prime Rib for 58 Years!)
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To: ConservativeStatement

An annoying pastime? They only made you a multi-millionaire so you can go and play your passion. Being a starving musician may sound romantic, but getting over that “starving” part is hard.


43 posted on 01/30/2010 8:03:06 AM PST by stevio (Crunchy Con - God, guns, guts, and organically grown crunchy nuts.)
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To: SamAdams76

LOL, I remember a Rolling Stone magazine cover from around 1980-82 with Jagger saying how he didn’t want to still be doing “Can’t Get No Satisfaction” when he was 40!


44 posted on 01/30/2010 8:51:28 AM PST by skepsel
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To: real saxophonist
Then there's Steve Smith, usually known as the drummer from Journey:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=roLco8MtlTs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3rwYqA3GFA0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2mK8CJf6Q_E

45 posted on 01/30/2010 10:40:12 AM PST by real saxophonist (The fact that you play tuba doesn't make you any less lethal. -USMC bandsman in Iraq)
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To: Poser; Walvoord
“Entwistle and Moon baby! There’s your best rhythm section ever.”

Puleeeeeezzzze! Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker

NOBODY did it better than McCartney and Ringo. EVER.

46 posted on 01/30/2010 10:44:26 AM PST by Norman Greenbaum
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To: Mr Ramsbotham
I’ve never looked back, and often wondered just what I ever saw in rock music.

You should check out some of the good metal bands that are around. Iron Maiden would be a great start if you haven't already.

47 posted on 01/30/2010 1:55:22 PM PST by wastedyears (If I'm going out, I'm going out like Major Kong.)
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To: ThomasSawyer

There’s Nicko McBrain and Steve Harris.


48 posted on 01/30/2010 2:03:27 PM PST by wastedyears (If I'm going out, I'm going out like Major Kong.)
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To: SamAdams76

You might know what is the piece of classical music being played at the beginning of this Billy Idol video?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=24FT3u-lhg4

If it attracts girls like Devon I might have to get a copy.


49 posted on 01/30/2010 3:46:37 PM PST by Swiss (Reality don't seem real anymore)
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To: skepsel

Jagger turned 40 shortly after the date span you give. I think he actually said that back in the late 60s.

Most of the early rock stars could not fathom doing the rock gig for more than 3-5 years. Pop music fans were too fickle.


50 posted on 01/30/2010 4:11:24 PM PST by j-damn
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