Recently, The Rolling Stones paired with a tech company that recreated their famous “Start Me Up” music video with dancing robot dogs.
The iconic British rock band collaborated with tech company Boston Dynamics for the new music video. The project features side-by-side footage of the band’s original 1981 video alongside new footage of the company’s robots impersonating the band’s every move.
The company’s robot dogs are nicknamed “Spot,” so the parody clip is appropriately titled. The robots dance, move around the set, and lip-sync along with the Stones in the new video “Spot Me Up.” The tribute video comes out as the band celebrates the 40th anniversary of their 1981 album Tattoo You. The album’s lead single “Start Me Up” is one of The Rolling Stones’ most popular tracks.
In addition, The Rolling Stones also released a Tattoo You anniversary reissue that includes nine previously unheard tracks. The band recorded the unreleased songs during the original Tattoo You sessions in the early ’80s. But they also added newly recorded guitar and vocals to the songs as well. Guitarist Keith Richards and bassist Ronnie Wood both commented on the anniversary reissue.
“We realized that there was a lot of great music that we had recorded in the past that had never been released,” Ronnie Wood said of the anniversary reissue. “So we went back and started sifting through it all. And eventually got to the point where there was an album’s worth.”
“One of the great luxuries of the Stones is we have an enormous, great big can of stuff,” Keith Richards added. “I mean what anybody hears is just the tip of an iceberg, you know. And down there are vaults of stuff. But you have to have the patience and time to actually sift through it.”
The Rolling Stones Retire One of Their Most Popular Songs
While the band recently released nine new songs on the Tattoo You reissue, they’ve also retired one of their most famous singles. In fact, The Rolling Stones may be done playing their 1971 hit song “Brown Sugar” in concert forever.
Frontman Mick Jagger and lead guitarist Keith Richards recently opened up about the song. They spoke to the Los Angeles Times about their 1971 album Sticky Fingers‘ lead single. The rock duo admits they haven’t performed “Brown Sugar” on their current No Filter tour because of the track’s reference to slavery.
“You picked up on that, huh?” Keith Richards said when asked about the band not playing the song. “I don’t know. I’m trying to figure out with the sisters quite where the beef is. Didn’t they understand this was a song about the horrors of slavery? But they’re trying to bury it.”
“At the moment I don’t want to get into conflicts with all of this s–t,” Richards explained to the L.A. Times. “But I’m hoping that we’ll be able to resurrect the babe in her glory somewhere along the track.”