February 3, 2018

"I've been meaning to phone you but from Minnesota/Hell it's been a very long time...."



I'm watching this at 6 in the morning not because I'm thinking of Minnesota — à propos of the Super Bowl in Minnesota tomorrow — but because the line "you wear it well" came up in the comments on Tom & Lorenzo's discussion of "Friday Leftovers for the Week of January 28th, 2018": "As for SJP - yea, love it. I feel like she's worn this before, but she wears it well." SJP — Sarah Jessica Parker — is dressed like this.

Speaking of fashion, I love the fashion in that video. Rod seems to be really enjoying his yellow satin pants — to the point of laugh-out-loud comedy. And who has ever done nipples as satirically as Rod in 1975?

28 comments:

traditionalguy said...

Rod is the epitome of a Scots gentleman who has enjoyed life to the full.

Ignorance is Bliss said...

Wardrobe malfunction

Robert Cook said...

I never enjoyed Rod Stewarts' singing or the music he was singing.

Curious George said...

"Robert Cook said...
I never enjoyed Rod Stewarts' singing or the music he was singing."

He speaks highly of you.

MadisonMan said...

Stewart's songs all sound similar to me.

I guess you have to write songs to your voice. Maybe it's a feature, not a bug.

Mid-Life Lawyer said...

I loved that band and bought the 45 of this song when I was 12. Ron Wood on the guitar shortly before he joined the Rolling Stones. I never really liked much of Rod Stewart's music after Faces but I've always liked him.

Ann Althouse said...

I like that whole album — "Never a Dull Moment."

The album before that was the best — "Every Picture Tells a Story" — with my favorite Rod Stewart "Reason to Believe."

And the one before that is also very enjoyable — "Gasoline Alley."

Jay Vogt said...

Ooh La La

Mid-Life Lawyer said...

I think Reason to Believe might have been my favorite, as well. I'm pretty sure it was on the flip side of Maggie May on the juke boxes and although I loved Maggie May, I usually played Reason to Believe. I wasn't buying albums at that time because I never had that much money. But I bought 45's for .95 cents with my $1 allowance. The first album I bought was Creedence Clearwater Revival, Cosmo's Factory, after it had been out a few years. I think I paid $3.99 for it. The second album was James Taylor, One Man Dog.

Ann Althouse said...

I have "Ooh La La"

Funny album cover.

I thought that was a decline for some reason.

Ann Althouse said...

I have a short list of songs that I remember playing over and over at a particular time... just looping... and "Reason to Believe" is one of them.

exiledonmainstreet said...

I never knew that line was " but from Minnesota" and I had the album. My favorite RS song was "Every Picture Tells a Story."

"Got a record for inciting a peaceful riot, when all I wanted was a cup of tea."

madAsHell said...

I always liked the guitar riff at the beginning of "I'm Losing You".

I'm sure Rod looks back at the yellow satin pants, purple wife-beater, and thinks what-the-fuck-was-I-thinking.

Danno said...

Minnesota might not be hell, but it is a shithole in the winter. Just got back from spending the month of January in the Redneck Riviera and came back to a temperature of -8 F yesterday. In coming back so soon, i.e. before May, what was I thinking?

exiledonmainstreet said...

I'm sure Rod looks back at the yellow satin pants, purple wife-beater, and thinks what-the-fuck-was-I-thinking.

2/3/18, 9:54 AM

Many of us look at pictures of ourselves decked out in 70's finery and wonder what-the-fuck was I thinking. I put on green glittery eye shadow on prior to getting my 8th grade class picture taken (following the lead of my beloved glam rockers) and thought I looked pretty cool. It looks like I had radioactive mold growing on my eyelids.

robother said...

I'm pretty sure I never could distinguish this song from "Maggie May'. Just thought I was hearing a different verse I hadn't listened to when it come on the radio. Weird how 1972 was already seeming like my younger brothers' music rather than the "real thing" of 1967-70. But even I had moved on, to Austin's alt-country scene,

JZ said...

Ann likes Rod Stewart's fashion! It reminds me that the 70s were and still are terrifying. I did like a lot of the music, but I can't look at pictures of myself from those years. The ties! The collars! The lapels! Please don't remind me!

William Chadwick said...

To me popular music reached its apex with Village People's "Live and Sleazy" double album, and it's never gone back to such heights.

Earnest Prole said...

Here's the entire concert. Keith Richards shows up on guitar for several songs.

Kilburn State Gaumont Theatre, London
December 23rd, 1974.

1 It's All Over Now
2 Take A Look At The Guy
3 Bring It On Home To Me
4 You Send Me
5 Sweet Little Rock 'N' Roller
6 I'd Rather Go Blind
7 Angel
8 I Can Feel The Fire
9 You Can Make Me Dance, Sing Or Anything
10 Twistin' The Night Away
11 You Wear It Well
12 Maggie May

Bass - Tetsu Yamauchi
Drums - Kenny Jones
Guitar, Backing Vocals - Ron Wood
Guitar - Keith Richards (tracks: 5, 6, 10)
Keyboards, Backing Vocals - Ian McLagan
Vocals - Rod Stewart

chickelit said...

Drums - Kenny Jones
Guitar, Backing Vocals - Ron Wood
Guitar - Keith Richards (tracks: 5, 6, 10)


Well I've always liked Rod Stewart, even through his disco days.

Ronnie Wood was leaving Stewart's band around the time of Althouse's linked video. In 1974, the Rolling Stones were in a creative slump. The story of how Keith Richards appropriated Ronnie Wood's guitar work in "It's Only Rock And Roll" (But I like It) never gets old. The Stones even went so far as to bury the original MTV video, presumably for copyright reasons. More more here.

chickelit said...

exiledonmainstreet said...Many of us look at pictures of ourselves decked out in 70's finery and wonder what-the-fuck was I thinking.

Heh. For my HS graduation photo (1978) I wore longish feathered hair and a baby blue* leisure suit with an open shirt collar. I thought it was cool at the time.

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*It was just my homage to Badfinger

I Have Misplaced My Pants said...

Rod Stewart has a wonderful self-deprecating sense of humor. I love that he doesn't take himself too seriously. "A nose with legs," etc.

chickelit said...

Rod Stewart has a wonderful self-deprecating sense of humor. I love that he doesn't take himself too seriously. "A nose with legs," etc.

Or his colorful use of Cockney rhyming slang. Rod Stewart told Howard Stern that his Faces band-mates, who include Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood, had set him up in a bar with a blonde:

He explained: 'There was this beautiful woman and I was thinking, ‘Why aren’t the guys trying to chat her up?’

'They said, ‘Rod, we have left her for you.’ It turned out she was a guy. I finished up in bed with a bloke who had a block and tackle.' link.

Earnest Prole said...

I wore longish feathered hair and a baby blue* leisure suit with an open shirt collar.

An astounding era. Respectable middle-age, middle-class white men dressed in pastel-green “leisure suits” made of polyester with six-inch-wide lapels to match six-inch-wide polyester neckties.

tim maguire said...

I guess I never thought much about what "Rod the Bod" actually looked like. Here, at least, his visual presentation is completely out of step with his voice, which is older, deeper, and more mature.

Ann Althouse said...

"Ann likes Rod Stewart's fashion! "

On Rod Stewart, I do. He so cute, even though he's basically ugly. He does it all with style and charm and humor. The song title says it: You wear it well.

That doesn't make the fashion good. It means the person is making it work.

AFChiling said...

Tim Hardin wrote some heart wrenching songs, the best of which was "Reason to Believe" in my opinion. I love Stewart's cover. Think I'll have Alexa play it for me right now.

Hazy Dave said...

Ditto, exiledonmainstreet. Now,I gotta listen to it again with a new set of filters, and figure out why I never deciphered that string of phonemes as "Minnesota". It's always been "for many a (undecipherable)". Thanks for another educational experience, Ann.