Yesterday on twitter a friend of mine tweeted that "Ruby Tuesday is possibly the only good song by the Rolling Stones". My answer to that, at first, was "poppycock", but I thought I'd follow it up with something more worthwhile. So today, with the help of friends and followers on Twitter and Facebook, I compiled a Spotify playlist of what I consider to be awesome covers of Rolling Stones songs. I picked covers rather than Rolling Stones originals because I've always thought a good cover demonstrates the strength of a song, and if you like the cover then you might start checking out the artists' original.
Obviously Spotify still has limits on which songs are available, so some great covers that I was either aware of previously, or which were sent in today, couldn't make the final list. These include a version of (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction by Bubble Rock, an alter-ego of the presenter and DJ Jonathan King. I found this on 7" in a second hand shop a decade or so ago and it's been a staple closer of my DJ sets since and one of my favourite covers. As Bubblerock he did a great version of Get Off Of My Cloud too.
Also missing on Spotify is Marie LaForet's version of Paint It Black, sung in French. Fortunately it's also on youtube...
I'd not heard Wayne Gibson's cover of Under My Thumb before, but it was one of the finer suggestions. A stonking Northern Soul nugget...
As for the final playlist, well here's what I compiled on Spotify
Thelma Houston 'Jumpin' Jack Flash'
Sandie Shaw '(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
Ike & Tina Turner 'Honky Tonk Woman (live)'
Merry Clayton 'Gimme Shelter'
Melanie 'Ruby Tuesday'
The Brymers 'Under My Thumb'
Cat Power '(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction'
The Concretes 'Miss You'
The Flying Burrito Brothers 'Wild Horses'
Chris Farlowe 'Out Of Time'
Ananda Shankar 'Jumpin' Jack Flash'
Devo '(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction'
and if you're a Spotify user here's a link so you can listen to the compilation.
I'd love to hear of any more great Rolling Stones covers, or indeed any covers. I'll do a Beatles covers compilation next...