Not a great artist, a mediocre songwriter (with a couple exceptions) but a man of great style and a tremendous singer, he sings the sh it out of almost everything - there's not much difference between him, Paul Rodgers or Freddie Mercury - except record sales and your fan support. There, I said it.
The Stooges had gone on just before and Iggy wasn't happy about not headlining. Westy though wants to play nice, and at the break instead of "any way I ain't got no place else to go", here it's "Jim Osterberg, he's my new best friend". Awwwwwwwww.....
The height of glorious arrogance - best songwriter of his era, fronting the best band of his era, showing off his acting in selling this song, his lyrics and very rarely here his searing guitar playing. Bastard.
On the one hand, this is Morrissey in peak d*ck form - no interaction with bandmates - not even the rarely seen 2nd guitarist Craig Gannon - on the other hand........one of their best songs and less cloying than usual.
Greatest frontman ever, arguably the greatest guitarist ever, playing a Howlin' Wolf song for the (then) President of the United States....about being poisoned by your woman (in a way like Robert Johnson's death).
The iconography and the themes of power, murder, the entire Blues history are running all over the place.
Stones on SNL from their biggest album ever (still, an astonishing comeback a great artistic success too) acting like out of tune sloppy punks in their mid 30s (catch Jagger spitting on stage during Respectable) - when John Lennon was baking bread or whatever, McCartney was in fncking Wings, Keith Moon had passed, Dylan was a soon to be newly converted Christian and Ray Davies was slipping.
Kind of a mixed bag act to me - a somewhat boring band actually but good at what they do though I don't much care - but that didn't apply in the Alligator/Boxer era where they were young enough to still be an intelligent but somewhat woozy/drunken band with an edge who had the ability to spin out of control.
Even when they didn't, they were more exciting when they could. Nowadays ........not so much.
On record, I never thought he had too much in the way of great songs and his voice can sometimes be a bit shaky to............BUT he always has the right idea, the right attitude and you'll never see him live and feel ripped off. Ever.
That is one of his very greatest performances and I'm not talking about the song:
Moses forgets to mention him at the end (what else would you expect for a Replacement?).........Westerberg is telling him "Don't worry about it"..........then sarcastically coughs into his hand before shaking Heston's with it............ )
Total Rock and Roll dick move but hey......that's showbiz