SHOCK flashes back to the time when THE ROLLING STONES sort of made a horror movie.
In 1983, venerable rock ‘n’ roll Gods THE ROLLING STONES were looking to re-invent themselves for the modern age; rather, front man and co-founder/songwriter Mick Jagger was looking to re-invent them-and thus, himself- for the modern age. His partner Keith Richards, however, was keener to keep chugging out the same, tried and true dirty blues sound that the band made their bones on.
The resulting creative tensions resulted in one of The Stones’ darkest and most underrated offerings, UNDERCOVER. And while its blistering lead single “Undercover of the Night”, with its amalgam of new wave, pseudo-reggae percussion and grim lyrics served as the ideal primal scream to announce the leaner, meander incarnation of the Jagger/Richards machine, there’s a track on the album that is of specific interest to horror fans…
“Too Much Blood” was Jagger’s almost experimental riff on violence in the media and in horror films. It’s also a loose musing on the macabre case of Japanese born Issei Sagawa, who murdered and cannibalized a Dutch girl in Paris in 1981. Sagawa has since become a celebrity in Japan and, at one point, was even writing restaurant reviews…
Jagger’s lyrics contain many gruesome passages:
A friend of mine was this Japanese
You know, he took her to his apartment
And when he ate her he took her bones
Strong stuff from Jagger who, truthfully, never really shied away from confrontational lyrics. STONES classics like “Gimmie Shelter”, “Sympathy for the Devil” and “Paint it Black”, were essentialky pre-punk, proto-Goth expressions of darkness. “Gimmie Shelter” was even famously covered by Goth godfathers THE SISTERS OF MERCY.
But “Too Much Blood” is over the top.
In another section of the song, Jagger takes a swipe at Tobe Hooper’s THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE:
Did you ever see ‘The Texas Chain Saw Massacre’?
I say, “Hey, now every time I drive through the crossroads
Incredibly, “Too Much Blood” was released as a 12′ single in 1984.
In fact, British filmmaker Julien Temple made a video for the track, using a slightly sped up, more dance-floor friendly version as the basis.
And man…what a video!
In it, a woman watches Frank Henenlotter’s BASKET CASE on TV (!) before THE ROLLING STONES take over the airwaves, performing in a kind of stone mausoleum while Keith Richards and guitarist Ron Wood chase Jagger around with freaking chainsaws!
Meanwhile, blood pours out of the TV, out of faucets, from the heroine’s nose…
It’s just all kinds of insane. And MTV effectively banned it.
What’s that? You don’t believe me?
Well…watch it yourself below!