Stoned, on the one hand, is the best Rolling Stones tribute band in Kent; Stoned, on the other, is the best Rolling Stones tribute album, compiling various shades of psych band (a broad definition here) who cover songs by Jagger/ Richard. They don’t stick to the Stones’ own psych period, which is a good thing as that period wasn’t their best. Instead they add a splash of psychedelic colour to songs from the Stones in their 60s and early 70s prime (the originals ranging from bluesy to country or just straight rock’n’roll).
Here ‘shoegaze’ is synonymous with psychedelia; Lorelle Meets The Obsolete add a dense fuzz forest to ‘What A Shame’ and then scythe through it with a screaming guitar; Yeti Lane swathe ‘Sway’ in shoegazey tones, and the Vacant Lotsadd a shimmery guitar riff and hypnotic electronic drones to 1967’s ‘She Smiled Sweetly’.
Only Clinic really take it to the Stones, with a strange, bleeping version of ‘It’s Only Rock & Roll (But I Like It)’, complete with ad libs that spoof Jagger’s eternal youth persona. Brilliant! In contrast Sons of Hippies‘ take on ‘Gimme Shelter’ is spacey karaoke (and anything but the “end of the world song” that Jagger described it as in 1995) and Celestial Bums’ ‘Child Of The Moon’ sticks to the original too closely. The Allah-Las’ version of ‘Stoned’ is a simple and jangly take on an early Stones b-side but it also sounds exactly like what you’d expect from the Allah-Las.
Londoners The KVB turn ‘Sympathy for the Devil’ into industrial sounding dark, droning psych and LA’s The Tulips offer a warm and bittersweet version of ‘Wild Horses’ with a glorious ethereal chorus. ‘Take It Or Leave It’ by Tashaki Miyaki is sweet and jangly dreampop while Cheval Sombre has a sepulchral, molasses-slow version of ‘As Tears Go By’. There are some fine versions (and a couple of clunkers) but the best part is that you can go back and listen to what are, in many cases, very different originals. So it’s a win/win for the Stones and their disciples!
by Ged M
Includes Clinic’s hallucinogenic take on “I Know It’s Only Rock & Roll (But I Like It),” The Vacant Lots’ stimulating version of “She Smiled Sweetly,” The Allah-Las’ gorgeous “Stoned,” Pure X’s haunting “Beast Of Burden” and many more!
1. Lorelle Meets The Obsolete – What A Shame
2. The KVB – Sympathy For The Devil
3. Shiny Darkly – Under My Thumb
4. Yeti Lane – Sway
5. Clinic – It’s Only Rock & Roll (But I Like It)
6. Sons Of Hippies – Gimme Shelter
7. The Vacant Lots – She Smiled Sweetly
8. Celestial Bums – Child Of The Moon
9. Tashaki Miyaki – Take It Or Leave It
10. Allah-Las – Stoned
11. Pink Velvet – (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction [CD ONLY]
12. Pure X – Beast Of Burden [CD ONLY]
13. Cheval Sombre – As Tears Go By
14. The Tulips – Wild Horses