It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll
A sailors’ rock ‘n’ roll foam party inside a canvas tent from the days when there were five stones rolling around.
“It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll (But I Like It)” is the lead single from rock band The Rolling Stones’ 1974 album It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll.
It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll is the twelfth British and fourteenth American studio album by The Rolling Stones, released in 1974.
It was the last Rolling Stones album for guitarist Mick Taylor and the songwriting and recording of the album’s title track had a connection to Taylor’s eventual replacement, Ronnie Wood. The album has a firmer rock sound than the band’s previous album, the more funk- and soul-inspired Goats Head Soup. The album reached #1 in the US and #2 in the UK.
The song was promoted by a memorable music video directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg, showing the band dressed in sailor suits and playing in a tent which eventually fills with bubbles. This video was one of Mick Taylor’s last appearances as a member of the band.
The froth was detergent and, according to Richards, the idea for the sailor suits came about at the last minute because none of the members wanted to get their own wardrobe ruined. Jagger said the entire filming process was “most unpleasant” and was also extremely lengthy.
The cameras and lights could not be inside the tent for fear of electrocution. Because of this risk, in order for the video to be filmed at all, the band had to be insured for quite a reasonable sum. Richards is quoted as saying: “Poor old Charlie nearly drowned… because we forgot he was sitting down.”