Tuesday, June 30, 2009

ROCK Sex: "I'm Not Your Steppin' Stone" - Paul Revere > The Monkees > Sex Pistols



ROCK Sex finds the kinks in the chain links.

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Who first recorded "(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone"?

It was Sex Pistols, of course. No, wait, you say, it was The Monkees. Nope, they were covering it, too. The missing link in the song chain was Paul Revere And The Raiders.

PAUL REVERE & THE RAIDERS -"(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone" (1966)



The song was written by hitmakers Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart, who quickly thereafter recorded it with their bread-and-butter, The Monkees, whose television show was massive and was a forerunner of MTV and music videos:

THE MONKEES -"(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone" (1966)



But here's the UK Garage Rock band THE FLIES doing a slower, heavier take on the standard that Black Sabbath might love:

THE FLIES -"(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone" (1966)



Here's the all-female band The Pivots, who later became The Feminine Complex.

THE PIVOTS -"(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone" (1966)



Then of course here's the miscreants, putting the boot in to kick some life back into everything:

SEX PISTOLS -"(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone" (1976)




Now a standard, the song has been covered by countless artists including The Trashmen, Johnny Thunders, Minor Threat, The Untouchables, and Les Thugs (France).



© Tym Stevens



See Also:
-The Real History of Rock and Soul!: A Music Player Checklist


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