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The story behind the Rolling Stones, a butcher and 'Too Much Blood'



We may not all dress up in costumes and get candy door to door like when we were kids, but that doesn't mean us '80s kids do not like to celebrate Halloween, so let's get in the spirit this week with some "scary" picks. Will it get too gory? It's doubtful as some are like the Rolling Stones and get squeamish at Too Much Blood.

While we have covered Mick Jagger and Keith Richards solo on Lost and Found, this is the first appearance by the Rolling Stones. The bad boys of rock n roll were still a strong presence in the '80s scoring a dozen Top 40 hits in the decade including the definitive stadium rock anthem Start Me Up that peaked at No. 2 on the pop charts and was the No. 1 song for 13 straight weeks on the Mainstream Rock Charts in 1981. After 1981's Tattoo You went quadruple platinum, the Stones released the Undercover album in 1983, which "only" went platinum and produced just one Top 40 hit (Undercover Of The Night). Its third single, Too Much Blood, did not chart but is remembered for its creepy video directed by Julien Temple.

ROLLING STONES "Too Much Blood" (LP Mix, VD Edit) from Videodrome Discothèque Vault II on Vimeo.

While the video is sometimes played for fun with Richards and Ron Woods chasing Jagger around with  chainsaws, the inspiration for Too Much Blood was the real life horrific crime of Japanese born Issei Sagawa, who in 1981 butchered and ate a college classmate, Renee Hartevelt, in Paris. With the luxury of being from a wealthy family, Sagawa's lawyers were able to help him avoid trial by being declared insane. He was deported back to a Japanese mental hospital and was released a free man in 1986 after being found perverted, but sane, by the doctors. Issei is still alive although his infamy has made him a pariah in Japan.

Last month, the Rolling Stones made some news ripples when Richards announced that the band had met and have agreed to start recording their first studio album since 2005 sometime at the start of 2016.



[Last modified: Monday, October 26, 2015 10:30am]


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