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The Rolling Stones cover the Beatles in unreleased footage

October 19, 2012|By August Brown
  • The Rolling Stones -- from left, Mick Jagger, Ronnie Wood, Keith Richards and Charlie Watts -- at the premiere in London on Thursday of "Crossfire Hurricane," a documentary about the band's early rise to fame.
The Rolling Stones -- from left, Mick Jagger, Ronnie Wood, Keith Richards… (Jon Furniss/Invision for…)

Beatles or Stones? It's the oldest question in rock, but in some unreleased archival footage from director Peter Whitehead's "Charlie Is My Darling," one doesn't have to choose.

The lore-inspiring film is soon getting a proper release, and the new edition has some extra footage that will warm the hearts of partisans for either band. The documentary followed the Stones on a tour of Ireland around their time their hit "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" topped charts in 1965.

In this new scene, the band plays goofball acoustic takes on the Beatles' "I've Just Seen a face" and "Eight Days a Week."

No one seems to really remember the lyrics, but the footage looks like great fun and serves as a reminder of the complex rivalry between the two biggest bands in rock's most influential era.

The Stones probably won't cover these tunes on their upcoming 50th anniversary shows, so enjoy this brief clip of '60s arcana -- then get back to those unresolvable arguments about which band was superior.


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