I think Philip Norman is right when he suggests, in his recent biography of Jagger, that the essence of their appeal was a kind of narcissistic self-absorption that made them much more elusive and attractive than more self-consciously purposeful bands.
The Scots brewery bosses legally changed their names to Elvis by deed poll after the King's estate threatened legal action over their grapefruit and blood orange IPA - called Elvis Juice.The pair argue that the name Elvis is not exclusive, and to prove this, they have legally changed their moniker.’” Cutler has always claimed he was doing it to provoke the Stones. The Stones had a frontman who didn’t play an instrument yet wasn’t the band leader, he was part of a whole experience that owed just as much to the dirty, resonant riffs of guitarist Keith Richards and the swinging rhythm of drummer Charlie Watts.Here was a band determined on making music that moved them first and the audience second. From his earliest performances, Jagger could never stand still, taking on the role of shamanistic conduit for the audience to enter into the spirit of the moment.Zeppelin in particular had an instrumental ability, creative range and sheer live force that represents some kind of rock ’n’ roll peak.
And U2 have added a post-punk conviction and hi-tech drama that has been a huge influence on more recent stadium bands such as Coldplay and Muse.The Rolling Stones - (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction on MUZU. He may have learnt from the physical showmanship of James Brown, Little Richard and others, but Jagger essentially invented the role of rock frontman.As early as their first performances in 1962, the Stones represented a radical break with the superficiality of pop, introducing a new seriousness, not in the sense of lyrical complexity or humourless sobriety, but in terms of how the music itself demanded to be appreciated.The whole thing, music and image, lent rock a sense of embodying the essence of a generation in the process of change.Scorned by the older generation, the Stones’ early shows became the setting for not only female sexual hysteria but ferocious male disorder, frequently degenerating into riots.And the Beatles broke up while the Stones rolled on, remaining at the centre of things for two decades as recording artists and three more as one of the world’s most popular live attractions.