Tuesday, June 30, 2009

ROCK Sex: "I'm Not Your Stepping Stone"

ROCK Sex finds the kinks in the chain links.

Who first recorded "I'm Not Your Stepping Stone"? It was The 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 & THE RAIDERS, from the garage rock capitol of... Boise, Idaho?

PAUL REVERE & THE RAIDERS -"I'M NOT YOUR STEPPING 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:

(You will have to link on the title to hear it because of myopic legal issues:)

THE MONKEES -"I'M NOT YOUR STEPPING STONE" (1966)




But here's the UK garage rock band THE FLIES doing a slower, heavier take on the standard that Tony Iommi would love:

THE FLIES -"I'M NOT YOUR STEPPING STONE" (1966)





There's a cool version by the all-female band THE PIVOTS that you can hear on this CD collection (#20)...



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

THE SEX PISTOLS -"I'M NOT YOUR STEPPING STONE" (1976)



From there come versions like Johnny Thunders' punk, Minor Threat's anarcho-punk, Modern Rocketry's club dance, and The Farm's 'Madchester' funk.

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