The Rolling Stones and ABKCO Music & Records Inc. have released two official The Rolling Stones music videos featuring “Jumpin’ Jack Flash.”
Originally produced in 1968, the videos have now been faithfully restored to 4K resolution.
The releases include two different versions of “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” (one with makeup and one without), directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg (The rock ‘n’ roll circus of the Rolling Stones, let it be) and was shot in a single day at Olympic Studios in London in spring ’68.
The first version, with no makeup on, is notable for featuring a completely unique version of the song (vocals and all other instruments), while the version featuring a makeup-clad Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Brian Jones, and Bill Wyman et Charlie Watts uses a fresh Jagger voice for the single’s backing track.
“We shot the one without makeup first. You were great. As we worked on it, I felt like there was an ingredient missing, although at the time I didn’t know what it was,” says director Lindsay-Hogg, who began filming episodes of the British music television program On your marks, get set, go! where he began working with the band. “We had a little lunch break and I saw Brian Jones sitting at the dressing table and kind of playing with the colors – he put it on his face and then wiped it off – and I was like, ‘Huh. It’s a really interesting look.’ And so I said to Mick, Keith, Charlie and Bill, ‘Just go over to the dressing table and see how it feels when you put something on your face – either stripes or eye make-up -up or full-face glitter, whatever comes to mind for you.'”
Lindsay-Hogg continues, “They worked with our very intelligent makeup artist, Linda DeVetta, and kind of fell into it. After about an hour they looked different, especially Keith and Brian. Then we found the big space alien goggles. We got something much better than we could have had left to our own devices. It crystallized out what it should be. It’s one of those random moments when all the things that could have gone wrong didn’t happen.
“Director of photography Tony Richmond and I thought there was another way to light them as well, because it was kind of general performance lighting on the first one we shot in the early afternoon. In the second version, we shot them in those shadows,” he adds. “It was a lot more to do with shadows and Mick coming in and out of the light and that whole little walk he takes at the beginning. We put this together and they liked this the best because it had a slightly decadent feel to it. When I edited and played them, they loved the videos. I would hate to think they didn’t because then I made their videos for 15 years.”
Long before the advent of MTV, there were few music videos (briefly called “promos” at the time) with very limited outlets to air them. The most popular bands like The Rolling Stones, The Beatles and The Who made these “promos” with the intention of allowing broadcasting in several different countries without the bands having to travel to perform in television studios where there were “real security issues”. , said Lindsay-Hogg, who directed all three acts.
top of the popsthe aforesaid On your marks, get set, go! In the United Kingdom, Shindig!, row, and The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour in the US were early participants in the broadcast of such materials. Already international superstars by the mid-1960s, the Rolling Stones now had another tool to help propel a single like “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” (UK No.1, US No.3) to the top of the charts.
Watch the videos below.
Without make up: