Sunday, April 13, 2008

She Said Yeah

December's Children (And Everybody's)
Side 1, Track 1
"She Said Yeah" (Sonny Christy/Roddy Jackson) – 1:34

How is it that I've never heard this song before? Ninety seconds of manic Little Richard-style rock and roll energy, the kind the Stones would later use on "Rip This Joint" and "Neighbours" and not much else.

It's funny, we think of the Stones as kind of the iconic straight ahead rock and roll band, but they didn't much go for this type of stuff – their best rock and roll music, songs like "Jumping Jack Flash" and "Get Off My Cloud", was built a more solid bedrock, namely a steady rhythm section (including Keith on guitar) that could just pound you into the ground. "She Said Yeah" is all cymbals and crazy guitars and general sloppiness – things that the Kinks and the Who used to create their most memorable early singles. But it just goes to show that the Stones could beat those guys at their own game when they wanted to. It's too bad they didn't want to all that often, because this song just fucking rocks.