As expected, the Rolling Stones will release their latest archival set,Tattoo You: 40th Anniversary, on October 22nd. The deluxe edition features a new remaster of the 1981 nine-week chart-topper, a bonus disc of nine previously unreleased — yet heavily bootlegged tracks — and a two-disc June 1982 performance art London’s Wembley Stadium.
The band has released the It’s Only Rock N’ Roll-era outtake, “Living In The Heart Of Love” as the teaser for the new collection.
Tattoo You was originally released on August 24th, 1981 and was comprised mainly of reworked outtakes from the band’s archive dating back to the 1972 sessions for the following year’s Goats Head Soup. Tattoo You, which has sold over four million copies in the U.S. alone, featured such instant Stones classics as “Start Me Up,” “Hang Fire,” “Little T &A,” “Worried About You,” and “Waiting On A Friend.”
Mick Jagger conceded that by the 1980’s, rock as a cultural movement, had moved firmly into the mainstream: “There’s no alternative. Parents all like rock n’ roll. I was saying this earlier; my parents all hated rock n’ roll. But, I mean, there’s very few parents — most parents now love it. Which is kinda. . . I mean, I guess, it has to be said, it’s kind of nice, y’know? Children, say, ‘Hey, I didn’t know you’ve got that Bob Dylan record, Daddy. I’ve never heard that one — I’ve only got the most recent one.’ What can you say? There’s nothing, there’s nothing that’s really going to shock you. It’s all been done before. And I just offer the same thing as I’ve always offered and hope people like it.”
Around the time of Tattoo You, which featured three videos on near-constant rotation, Keith Richards admitted that until the advent of MTV he couldn’t see how music and television could properly serve rock n’ roll: “The more people that have the equipment wired up through a stereo so that they get the sound and the vision. . . Y’know, because I’ve always thought TV’s always been kind of a ludicrous thing as far as, like, music goes, to have some huge orchestra playing and you’ve got this tiny little transistor speaker in the side of the thing, y’know? It’s never been really set up for music, TV. But now with videos and everything being (snaps fingers) — plugged straight through to a stereo system and everything — that’s why it’s just starting to take off, y’know?”