Rolling Stones (The) – Harlem Shuffle

Not a band that you would most readily associate with the 80s, the Stones were of course much more of a 60s and 70s phenomenon.

This was a cover of the self-written Bob and Earl track. Originally released in 1963, it had failed to make the UK singles chart. However, it did reach number 7 when it was re-released in 1969.

The Stones’ version was the first single from their 1986 album Dirty Work. Featuring Bobbie Womack, Tom Waits, Don Covay, and Patti Scialfa on backing vocals, the Stones took it to number 13 in the UK singles chart.

The video, mixing live action with animation, was directed by Ralph Bakshi and John Kricfalusi. Kricfalusi of course is most famous for The Ren & Stimpy Show.

It’s not classic Stones by any stretch, but this 16 year old loved it – my discovery of classic Stones was still three years in the future so this tided me over nicely… not that I knew I needed tiding over.

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