TOO MUCH MOSS
The Rolling Stones have survived Keith Richards' recent tree fall and head surgery, but at 43 (the band, not Keith) you have to wonder how long a band can last before it begins to taint its overall legacy. Ie, can we still appreciate 'Gimme Shelter' after 'Rock and a Hard Place,' 'You Got Me Rocking' and 'Oh No Not You Again.' Lesser bands like Aerosmith are doing a better job at keeping themselves attractive to younger generations. The Stones have subjected their willing, nostalgic public to live albums following tours supporting greatest hits albums, and even live albums from tours supporting live albums. Last year, their 'Rarities' record -- released sofly in Starbucks -- included half-assed songs previously released, and live songs of hit songs. They are, as Dylan once wrote, long 'staking their future from a hell of a past.'
The last good Stones album, with songs showing any durability or any sense of capturing the general public's imagination, was undebatably Tattoo You in 1981. That was 18 years into their career, and now 25 years ago. That means over half of their career hasn't produced a single essential song.
Meanwhile, bands like U2 and even Depeche Mode are producing more consistent work into their third decades.
The FBO calls for the Rolling Stones, supposedly the world's greatest rock'n'roll band, to apologize for 25 years of careless creativity and outright manipulation of their fans.
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