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Tuesday , December 14, 2010
Charlie Watts is definitely the best-dressed member of the Rolling Stones
Apparently most people already knew this - Charlie made Vanity Fair's best-dressed list last year! - but I only figured it out two days ago while watching Gimme Shelter in its entirety for the first time ever. I was just so impressed with his oh-so-dapper vest and button-down shirt in the editing-room scenes, and I'm pretty sure there's no way he can't be Wes Anderson's favorite Rolling Stone. Not only is he consistently outfitted in exceedingly smart suits, but he's way less prone to wearing silly scarves and capes than the other boys in the band. Once upon a time I much preferred the silly scarves and capes, but at this point in my life looking sharp really seems the better way to go. Maybe it's 'cause I'm 30 now.
So I'm currently in the position of having to rearrange my "top three favorite Rolling Stones members" list, bumping Charlie up to #2. I can't stop myself from being most besotted with Mick (as Tina Turner might sing in Gimme Shelter itself, I've been loving him too long to stop now). But while I've definitely come to adore Keith Richard(s) over recent years, I've never fully gotten over my childhood fear of him (something not all that dissimilar from my childhood fear of the Wicked Witch of the West and Miss Hannigan from Annie). Plus, my best rock sighting ever was when I walked past the Four Seasons in Boston just as Mick and Charlie were being escorted outside to their respective fancy cars. (And yes, the latter was wearing an exceedingly smart suit.)
Since the dearth of Charlie Watts photos available for easy Internet theft is kind of troubling, I'm now presenting you with the first ten minutes of Gimme Shelter. You'll likely notice that Charlie is indeed wearing a scarf in the first few seconds of the movie, but it seems to me that that's only because he's probably very cold. And if "Jumpin' Jack Flash" isn't your favorite song, just skip forward to 4:50-4:54 and witness the hottest cigarette drag ever caught on film.
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