Sometimes I surprise myself with the crazy things I enjoy. Sometimes it’s weird things, and other times things of old. Well, that last part is probably true for everyone else. After all, I don’t think I can count how many times I’ve heard someone say ‘They don’t make music like they used to’. Most times, it’s usually pertaining to rap, because it’s usually a rap song that plays and then the ‘nostalgia’ of the yesteryears hits whosoever utters that line.
While that line might have an inkling of truth, I can’t for the life of me agree with anyone that tells me ‘They don’t make music like they used to’… why? Well, there’s still a part of the songs of old in whatever you hear now; after all the songs we hear now are an evolution of what we used to hear, and every once in a while we have someone who decides to make an 80′s theme for a song (The Ting Tings is a good example). While that is a debatable topic, that’s not why I’m here. In spite of the crooked pain that’s in my right shoulder, I’m here to give you my number 3 song from my Top 25…
It’s a classic and in my opinion deserves to be listed despite age and balance.
Paint It, Black by The Rolling Stones. These people are amazing. And believe it or not, Paint It, black aired 1966! The 13th of May, which was a Friday to be exact!
I decided to go with the original photo arts of the song and their album as a salutary honour to have known and enjoyed their song. I know someone right now who would literally abuse me for liking such a song at this time and age, not to mention the fact that it’s number 3 on my list. But it is, and it’s here to stay for as long as this post exists.
The song’s about a man mourning his dead girlfriend… and as funeral rites he wished to see everything in black to commemorate her death. Pretty spooky right? The song started out as a joke of sorts, and eventually got it’s lyrics and instrumentals and all that, then moved on to be one of the biggest hits in the history of music as we know it.
Truth be told, I had forgotten about this song almost entirely; last time I heard it was about 2-5years ago and even then I didn’t really know the name of the song. I had an inkling that The Rolling Stones had a hand for creating such a musical story, but I didn’t get the name at that point and I didn’t really care about getting the name. Later on I regretted my actions and searched my memory feverishly when the tune began replaying in my head. Unfortunately I had no luck in remembering the name of the song, the artistes responsible or how the song went. Only a small part that swam through my mind and that was ‘something something Paint It Black’.. just like that. Eventually I gave up my search for the song and moved on.
Fast forward years later, and I’m re-watching The Devil’s Advocate when the end comes after Keanu Reeves leaves the courtroom, and then the song comes again. My brother changed the channel at that moment, but I immediately begged that he return it. Like a dream, Mike Jagger’s voice poured out of the TV’s speakers with Jack Nitzsche’s piano playing skills following suit, I couldn’t help but stick my butt on the front couch and listen with complete enjoyment. Then just like that I remembered that I needed th name of the song and who sang it. I scanned through the whole cast, but I didn’t see anything to help me on my quest. Taking to the internet, I searched profusely for the ending song to The Devil’s Advocate and eventually hit the jackpot when I came across The Internet Movie database.
Here I got the movie’s name, actors/actresses and soundtrack list. There I saw it, what I had been searching for for years now right on my PC screen saying hello and beaming. So I did the honours and got the song. From then on, I couldn’t stop. The Rolling Stones have a unique way in dispelling their songs, and they do that with much precision too. This song was featured as the theme song for Twisted Metal Black, a PS2 game. What’s not to love about this song? It’s Pop and Rock together, comes from the 60′s and tells a tale about a man mourning his dead girlfriend.
I implore you to enjoy it below
Oldies can still hold a place in our heart with newbies, don’t you think?