Thursday, August 26, 2021

Musical Interlude: Undercover of The Night (1983)

 We've known that Rolling Stones vocalist Mick Jagger has done some acting. We didn't think the rest of the band had that same ambition.

"Undercover of The Night" is the first and title single from the Stones' 1983 album, "Undercover", and the violence depicted in this video, directed by Julien Temple, is a radical departure from earlier Stones clips. Jagger plays a dual role as a detective hired by a woman to rescue her boyfriend. The difference? Mick wears a fake mustache as the sleuth.

Keith Richards is so convincing going gangsta, he should've landed a movie gig. Keep in mind, this was a year before Miami Vice, and it was one of those rare instances where the band took a political stand, looking at the issues in South America.

Even though bassist Bill Wyman appears in the video, there are two versions of the recorded track. The one with Wyman was left on the cutting room floor, and Robbie Shakespeare was subbed in on the final release.

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