Lovin’ Cup

“By the spring of 1971, the Stones chose to abandon their home country of England to avoid the amount of taxes the British government expected the band to pay. The Stones would have to leave by 5 April, or the government would have seized their assets. After much consideration, the Stones chose to settle in France at Villefranche-sur-Mer, near Nice, where guitarist Keith Richards had rented Nellcôte, the “Gestapo headquarters during the Second World War,” according to Richards, complete with swastikas on the floor vents. It was here that the Stones would begin work constructing their next album.” – Wiki

"No really mate, she's my auntie"

This album was a disaster in its making, but somehow turned out to be their best work, IMO. As a young long-haired teenager I bought Exile on Main Street in the fall of ‘72 and played it so much it wore out. Its long gone but I still have most of the dozen or so Exile postcards that came tucked in its dust jacket. (I should take this opportunity to mention that I do have my original dust jacket for Sticky Fingers – and the Andy Warhol zipper still works – but the record is of course unplayable).

According to the wiki article, Loving Cup wasn’t recorded during the drug haze at Nellcôte, but sometime later in Los Angeles, and then added to the mix. That’s OK, the song resonates of the Exile and Let it Bleed periods (“Oooooh, what a beautiful buuuuzzz, what a beautiful buzz!”). I can still see Bianca in her long dress and big white hat. And me hanging out on Friday night in front of the Dunkin Donuts in downtown Framingham, and McNamara working the late shift up at the World Bank. What a beautiful buzz.

7 Replies to “Lovin’ Cup”

  1. Exile is indeed probably they’re best. Steel wheels and Some girls were worthy follow-ons, then their wheels really did fall off the tracks. They became entertainers and musical performers, no longer recording artists. It would have happened to the Beatles even, had they not the conviction to quit while on top.

  2. eh, do yourself a favor and drag all that shit out to the nearest dumpster and toss it. you’re living in the past. i can see it from here. it’s not good for a young up and coming retard, er, i mean young man.

  3. sorry, it’s just that skinny, rich pussies playing the guitar and singing and fucking all the good looking girls, while i have to sit here and spray wd40 on my dick and jerk off to the bikini models in some cheeaply produced gun porn, get my goat sometimes.

  4. “young up and coming retard”

    Coming from you Dave, I’ll take that as a compliment.

    Living in the past is not good, its true, and neither is putting WD40 on your dick. So let that be a lesson to all the rest of you.

  5. Apparently Keith couldn’t drive stick, and when he got an old manual nazi staff car, he used to lurch off in top gear, whence he found he could drive it like an auto.
    Fucking retard.

    (from ‘up and down with the rolling stones’)

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