More Keith Richards for you folks tonight. This is a smokin’ live version of Keith’s signature song “Happy,” recorded on the Stones’ 1972 American tour. From the 1975 concert film “Ladies and Gentlemen, The Rolling Stones.” Originally from the 1972 album “Exile on Main Street.”
A rare Keith Richards vocal … this was written by Richards when he was facing possible jail time in Canada for heroin possession, circa 1978. From the “Some Girls” album, arguably the last truly great Stones album.
Key lyrics: “Watched the taillights fading, there ain’t a dry eye in the house … They’re laughing and singing … Started dancing and drinking as I left town … Gonna find my way to heaven, `cause I did my time in hell … I wasn’t looking too good but I was feeling real well.”
Here’s Motorhead’s version of the stereotypical ’80s metal video. It has everything you would expect: a scantily clad woman, disapproving parents, home destruction, being chased by the police, motorcycles, etc. Except it has the great Lemmy Kilmister and company bashing it out. Given all that Lemmy has seen and done over the years, I’m not so sure he can be killed by death. In a battle to the death with Keith Richards, I’m putting my money on Lemmy for the win.
As much as I believe John Phillips should be roasting in hell right now, this is a beautiful song. And yes, that is Keith Richards playing guitar and singing backup. From Phillips’ posthumously released “Pay, Pack, and Follow,” an album that was intended to be released on the Rolling Stones’ record label in the late 1970s.