Thursday, April 24, 2008

Shine a Light.


When I told Kev that I wanted to see 'Shine a light' the Martin Scorsese film about the Rolling Stones he looked at me disapprovingly. He'd seen them three times in 19sixtysomething.

Why did I want to go?

1: It was IMAX which I hadn't seen as the films are usually about cartoon penguins or Superheroes.

2: I'd been slagging off geriatric rockers for so long that I felt I ought to see what I was on about.

Eileen was happy to oblige and pointed out to the young woman taking the money that, although we were claiming our concessions, we were both much younger than Sir Michael Jagger of Dartford.
So?
Keith smiles a lot (probably to hide all his chins) and smokes whilst he sings. I suspect he dyes his head black to match his lovely panda eyeliner.
Mick has a better bum than Kylie and a flatter stomach than D Beckham. His hair is lovely.
Charlie looks like an elderly, dignified jazz fan who has turned up at the wrong gig.
Ron(nie) keeps a low profile. I still expect to see Brian there but not Bill Wyman.

They are skinny, old, grizzled and horribly wrinkly but they seem to love each other and what they do. If you like that sort of thing you'll get your moneysworth.
The high spot was ‘Champagne and reefer’ with Buddy Guy who blew them all off the screen.

The low spot (you won't believe this) was a clip of a 1999 interview with Keith and Ronnie with ...Chris Evans. EEeargh!

I enjoyed the film but I’ll never be an advocate of geriatric rock. I still have the 'Sticky Fingers' album with the real zip on the front but I moved on after that.

Interesting to see whether Madonna can keep going into her sixties. Will a woman be allowed to perform with wrinkly hands and a groovy face?
I doubt it.
KAZ

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24 Comments:

Blogger MJ said...

Keef believes he will live to 150.

It looks like he's already there.

Long live Keef.

1:31 am  
Blogger Kimberly said...

I love the stones and I wish i had that record (w/ the REAL zipper).
But sometimes I think some people are already dead and just don't know it yet......

8:03 am  
Blogger Dave said...

Isn't Madonna 60 yet? I thought she was.

I was born near Dartford.

I haven't been to the cinema for simply ages.

Just some random thoughts arising as I read your post.

8:48 am  
Blogger Murph said...

So the film contains two hyperactive thick-spectacled ego-maniacs? One brilliantly talented (Scorsese) and the other Evans. That's ruined this film in advance.

10:56 am  
Blogger I, still, ♥ the views said...

gorgeous

that's my idea of divine - people who know how to age properly. . .

I was googling images for "shine a light" a while back and came across all sorts of references to this film (not that it was what I was looking for at the time) and my interest was highly piqued

even more so now

11:22 am  
Blogger KAZ said...

mj:
Yeah - it's all that clean living that does it.

One of the American reviews ended with - 'Advisory: Keith Richards smokes'

Kimberley:
That Album cover is a design classic.
The front opens to reveal a pair of white underpants.

Dave:
Madonna is 50 this year.

Have you seen a Dartford warbler?

If you go to IMAX sit near the back.

Murph:
I knew you'd empathise.
The IMAX Evans is 18 metres high. We aren't safe anywhere are we?

Mr. Scorcese is now known as Marty.

View:
Love the idea of 'piqueing the interest'.
I was surprised to find their grizzled faces and skinny bodies were quite sexy.

12:13 pm  
Blogger Geoff said...

Some Girls was a decent album and probably their last decent work. Most of their albums are pretty crap though - the best is the London singles double. Or should that be the London double singles?

I wouldn't recommend a pilgrimage to Dartford. It's pretty nondescript and doesn't even have the Co-op department store any more. We got our carpet from there, you know. There really should be a statue in the railway station of Mick and Keef. That's where they met, clutching their Adam Faith records. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise. They didn't hear any black music till Alexis Korner played them some Robert Johnson. The rest, as they say, is history.

1:46 pm  
Anonymous NiC said...

The problem with the Stones when I saw them last year is that they really weren't very good. Does this fillum show this enough?

This doesn't detract from their excellent back catalogue or Keef being Johhny Depp's dad which is obviously a pretty cool thing to be.

3:55 pm  
Blogger J. Andrew Lockhart said...

I love the Stones! I've seen them 2 times and loved both.

4:20 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Geoff:
Yes - I love some of the Sticky Fingers tracks as well - but I sort of forgot about them for the last 30 years.

Dartford sounds about as good as Stockport - perhaps they'll put up that statue when he becomes Sir Keef.

NiC:
That's interesting as I felt that they must have been trying extra hard for this special gig.
Add to this the Scorsese editing, Oscar winning crew, IMAX sound and (especially) the rather intimate venue of the Beacon Theatre and this was no everyday tour gig.

Hi J.A.L.
There's life in the old boys yet.

5:07 pm  
Blogger Flaming Nora said...

Madonna is clearly going through her Liz McDonald phase.

6:19 pm  
Blogger Eamon said...

Stones are great. I saw them in play in Prague a few years ago. There was a lightening storm during the gig. Jagger is as good on the stage as anyone half his age (Keith Richards though was another matter - saw them just before a Keith Richards was taken to hospital after a coconut landed on his head ..).

8:19 pm  
Blogger tony said...

Ive Kind of avoided the Film..I dont ,Jagger especially annoys me.ok some of the music was Ace..but it all seems a bit silly now............I bet it was good being on IMAX ? did you wear 3D Glasses & expect Keef to jump on your lap any second??!!!

9:53 pm  
Blogger Betty said...

I suppose they're still pretty good compared to a lot of lauded younger bands - more energy and drive. Not enough to inspire me to listen to any music they've made for the past thirty years, but there you go.

Still, talking of old rockers, best news of the week - PHIL COLLINS HAS ANNOUNCED HIS RETIREMENT! LET JOY BE UNCONFINED!

9:31 am  
Blogger KAZ said...

Nora:
Forget Delia - Now we're talking menopause.

Eamon:
Prague, lightning and a live gig sounds awesome.
I think Keef was heavily medicated for the film...perhaps.

Tony:
The film got good reviews and I really wanted to see IMAX.

No - You only get the 3D glasses with Hannah Montana.

Betty:
Ye - I think Sticky Fingers was about 30 years ago.
Thanks for the excellent news - I just hope it's not a Frank Sinatra type retirement.

10:30 am  
Blogger CyberPete said...

Doesn't Madonna already perform with wrinkly hands and a groovy face?

I mean she's at least 70 now and her closeups are scary - even when airbrushed beyond recognition

She scares me

12:42 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Pete:
She's 50 this year.
I think she's had new surgery for promotion of her latest album Hard Candy.
Scary is the word.

12:54 pm  
Blogger CyberPete said...

Really? Only 50?

How about that!

She has been airbrushed into oblivion on the cover that's for sure and in the video she looks - scary IS the word

1:46 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

All that leaping about in killer heels with Justin Timberlake - she'd better look out for ostsoporosis.

4:35 pm  
Blogger Flaming Nora said...

Kaz, you asked: "Will a woman be allowed to perform with wrinkly hands and a groovy face?"

Delia does.

5:26 pm  
Blogger CyberPete said...

True KAZ

I wonder if she'll tour with this album. I remember looking up her hooha on the last tour and it wasn't looking young and fresh.

She even tripped over a gold balloon in front of 85000 people. Now that was worth the obscene ticket price. But I was worried for a second. Brittle bones and all

7:02 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Nora:
I'd love to see Delia perform in a black lace trimmed corset.
Or perhaps not.

Pete:
I really don't want to be sexist about this - but I think they all have a 'sell by' date.
The gold balloon was trying to tell her this.

8:24 pm  
Blogger ziggi said...

personally I think I'm more likely to be performing with a wrinkly face and groovy hands - will this still count?

8:51 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Ziggi:
Yes - in fact I think this is more 'usual'.
Only the Stones have grooves instead of wrinkles.

8:51 am  

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