The Rolling Stones made a career out of being controversial, the "anti-Beatles." Would you let your daughter date a Rolling Stone? You would now, considering how much they'd stand to inherit.
I'm sure there are plenty more that we could list. But these are my favorite controversies. (First poster to mention "Claudine" gets a star on my refrigerator.)
10) We P*** Anywhere, Man: Bill Wyman urinated on a gas station wall and you'd think the end of civilization was at hand. Then again, it's all a slippery slope. Next thing you know people are crapping on the sidewalks. What a mess. This town's in tatters!
8) Let's Spend The Night Together: The Stones had the line "make some girl" bleeped from U.S. Television when they performed "Satisfaction" and Ed Sullivan saved the youth of the nation by having Mick sing "Let's Spend Some Time Together" on Ed's little-known TV program. The eye-rolls from Mick and Wyman are worth it.
6) Altamont: OK, the Stones were dumb for hiring the Hell's Angels to police the free show. But, to be fair, the British Hell's Angels were nothing like these American lunatics and the Grateful Dead thought it was a great idea. You can't blame the Stones for the murder of Meredith Hunter. You can only blame Mick for constantly announcing "Brown Sugar" as a song "we just written it." Don't tell me they don't have the word "wrote" over in the U.K.
Leonard Cohen's manager ran off with all his money and we all got a fantastic tour from a 75-year-old man who can still outdo me (and you) any day of the week.
4) Keith Richards' "Blood Transfusion": Did Keith really get his blood transfused to clean him out from heroin? I would think clean blood would be such a shock to his system that it would likely kill him if he tried. Everyone knows his blood is part bourbon, part opiate and part rock n' roll.
2) "Some Girls" Offends Rev. Jesse Jackson: No one seemed to mind when Jagger spoke about doing heroin with the President or suggested someone was the easiest lay on the White House lawn, but when he offered up that African-American women liked to have excessive sexual relations and that he couldn't keep up...well, that offended Jesse Jackson. Had Mick suggested Jesse Jackson couldn't keep up, I could understand. But who gets mad when they're told they're too thin, too rich or too young?
- Mick Jagger