Last night's excellent Mad Men episode ("Tea Leaves") featured Don Draper and Harry Crane's funny attempt to snag the Rolling Stones for a Heinz commercial. Based on the dialogue in the show, the concert seems to be from July 2, 1966. The Stones played that night at the Forest Hills Tennis Stadium in Queens, New York. Their latest single from the Aftermath album -- "Mother's Little Helper" -- had just come out that day in America, although it doesn't appear to have made the band's setlist. So here it is, Mad Men and Rolling Stones fans -- "Mother's Little Helper," featuring Brian Jones playing that distinctive guitar part on his Vox 12-string Mando-Guitar.
I'd wager that if you ask most casual Who fans what their favorite albums by the group are, and they'd probably say Tommy, Who's Next and maybe Live at Leeds. All fine choices, of course, but before any of those were even released there was my favorite - 1967's The Who Sell Out. It was Pete Townshend's first crack at a concept album, although this is more of a theme album actually. The premise is that the entire album (complete with radio jingles) is actually a broadcast from the pirate station Radio London. It's the commercials, not the songs, from which the design for The Who Sell Out is inspired. And it is inspired. That's Townshend and Roger Daltrey on the front, pitching Odorono and Heinz Baked Beans respectively. Honestly the image of Daltrey sitting in a tub of beans