Day 19 – A song from your favorite album – "Rocks Off"

“Rocks Off” –  Rolling Stones (opening song from Exile on Main St.)

Ladies and Gentlemen, the Rolling Stones

I listened to a bagful of records the other day during a day of driving — to Charlotte, NC and back — to see if I my choice of favorite album may have been surpassed. Dylan, Costello, Beatles, Waylon, Willie, Thin Lizzy, Kinks? Nope, it’s still Exile on Main Street. Rock on, Rocks Off.


About russellwriter

Rob Russell is a dad, husband, writer, musician, educator, comic book reader, bad solderer, pop culture junky, trivia buff and student of everything cool and uncool. His favorite records are Bob Dylan's Blonde on Blonde and, currently, The Best of Bobbie Gentry: The Capitol Years. His favorite comic books are Kurt Busiek's Astro City and Neil Gaiman's Sandman. His favorite literary novels are Gabrial Garcia Marquez's 100 Years of Solitude and William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying. His favorite genre novels are John Scalzi's Red Shirts, M.R. Carrey's The Girl with All the Gifts, and Dan Simmons' Drood. His favorite movie is Goodfellas. His favorite hobby, besides everything, is writing about himself and his favorite things in the third person.

Posted on April 30, 2011, in 30 Songs, Pop Culture, Rock and Roll. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Whenever I see the word “bagful,” my mind automatically adds “…of butts.”

    Also? I’m surprised by this choice. I’m not sure what I would have expected you to choose, though. I think there is a difference between “my favorite album” and what I consider to be “best album.” Favorite album you play often, not skipping any songs, and it is somehow “yours”; best album you appreciate when it’s on but don’t necessarily have an emotional connection to it. e.g., Grandaddy/Sumday is one of my favorite albums, but I don’t think (technically speaking) it’s as “good” as Exile on Main St — which, by the way, I haven’t the slightest desire to listen to and have ZERO connection to any of the songs.

    BTW, I would have picked ‘Stray Dog and the Chocolate Shakes.’

  2. Ruby — I owe you a loooong car ride where I force you to listen to Exile in its entirety while I pontificate on each track. I’ll admit that it’s kind of a “dude record,” but it IS one that I listen to a lot, as a matter of fact … at work, in my car, on my iPod. I also reference it quite a bit with the band, maybe not as much as, well, The Band, but the Stones are so ineffable, it’s such a hard spirit to capture. I have NOT bought the new, remastered, extended version yet (Father’s Day present, hint hint).

  3. Dude – you owe me a LOT. And maybe this time you should get a push prize, too.

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