James Pollock — well, you can’t see the wheel itself, but presumably the guy would be talking to the driver, not a passenger, which implies the steering wheel is on the car’s left side.
Trivia: in Japan it’s considered classy to have a foreign car with the steering wheel on the wrong side, so manufacturers exporting to Japan make them that way — even when the car is from a country that drives on the same side of the road as Japan.
I agree with Inkwell (8) - The comic takes on a slightly kinky (NqSFW) aspect if the longish hair were taken to mean that the passenger were an (anonymous) woman. However, twelve volts at a typical automotive amperage is more likely to be fatal than arousing.
P.S. I’m not sure about the lips, but I think the neck indicates that the passenger is male (and probably, although not certainly intended to be Mick).
I was one of the people who sent this to Bill as a CIDU. Even though I recognized what the mechanic is saying as possibly a reference to a Mick Jagger song, I had absolutely no idea that the person in the car was intended to be Mick.
And why is the mechanic (actually, I Just realized that he’s a tow truck driver, and that’s his truck, sketched in the backgroun) holding a single jumper cable, with a single terminal, instead of a pair of cables? Has whoever drew this never jumpstarted a car?
Up hyar in Cheese Country they also play “Start Me Up” at Lambeau Field just before opening kickoff.
This makes even more sense when you realize that a lot of areas in Wisconsin only receive Oldies stations. So for folks in those areas, “Start Me Up” is a hot new single. (And no, they don’t watch MTV. Or even VH-1. Not that you’re going to see any modern music videos on either of those anyway.)
James Pollock (4) nailed it for me. Though Mick was well before my time, I do know of Mick Jagger. Judging by the various song references posted here, I clearly do not know his songs. So, please Mark M, not a whole week of these.
Detcord - You must be kidding. As Mick Jagger is still out there performing and creating music he can hardly be before your time. The Rolling Stones still get more press than many, so called, current groups. It’s hard to think of anywhere that their songs haven’t been played. I’m not getting any satisfaction here.
Doesn’t look at all like Mick. Scraggly light brown hair, matching mustache, and thin lips just doesn’t do it. Seems like it wouldn’t have been too hard to do a recognizable caricature of his lips, but hair-coloring the upper lip ruins the effect.
I like the rhythm of this comic. It’s probably no accident that Mick ponders “Hmm” rather than “I have an idea” or a lightbulb.
Nope. Not kidding. I was barely an infant when “Mick and The Rolling Stones” hit it big. I was also not part of the drug culture that subsumed the 60’s and the 70’s. In other words, I remember the 60’s and - as a child - I certainly was there. I also saw the mistakes and wasted lives of those who took drugs. In that respect, I certainly was not there - which is why I am still here.
Since I didn’t catch the “culture” that you associate with Mick - I did not follow those “old guys” or their music for the next 50 years either. From what I have heard, I don’t think I missed much.
Just because Mick and Co. were BIG for you and Jeff does not mean they were big - or even relevant - for me and those I knew. There is a whole World out there, Elyrest, and from that perspective, Mick is only one small part of it (’cept for some, apparently )
Detcord - You’re misinterpretation of culture and catching it a little disingenuous. The Rolling Stone and Mick Jagger weren’t WAY before your time - they were part of your time. You didn’t have to be part of any “drug” culture to have heard their music and they didn’t have to be BIG in your life or even relevant. There is a whole world out there Detcord and I am well aware of it. The Stones and their music was never BIG in my life, but it would’ve been impossible to experience my life without having heard their music.
Detcord and I must be about the same age. I, too, remember the 60’s as a child. I would have a toddler when the Stones first performed on the Ed Sullivan Show, so I am perhaps a year or two older.
I can understand how someone my age could have missed the Stones their first time around. With two older sisters, I remember the Monkees (they were on TV every week), and I vaguely remember the Beatles, but my direct memories from the 60’s do not include the Rolling Stones.
But unless you avoided pop music entirely, it is difficult for me to imagine how someone my age could have missed the Stones entirely after they discovered a moss-retardent elixir in the late 70’s. “Some Girls” (released in 1978) was a #1 album in both the US and the UK. The Stones were worshipped by the punk rockers, while “Miss You” was a #1 hit and popular with the disco crowd. The Stones hosted Saturday Night Live. The next few albums were all big sellers, too, and the Stones had a whole string of top 10 hits over the next 5 years, including “Start Me Up.”
It would be like missing Steve Martin in the same era.
And, no, I’ve never done drugs… I’ve never even particularly associated the Stones with drug culture (unlike, for example, the Greatful Dead).
Detcord, if you were an infant when the Rolling Stones, as you say, “hit it big” (as was I), then you certainly had to be old enough to have heard and remembered the song that is the inspiration for this particular comic. As noted in Bill’s title, they recorded it in 1981, hardly during the drug culture of the 60’s and 70’s.
You are all projecting your own experiences and - apparently - demanding that they must be mine too. Sorry folks, but I speak the truth. Get over it.
Elyrest, your use of the term “disingenuous” is, well, I can only say, “arrogant”. I use that term because you seem to believe that, because the Stones were part of your culture, they must be part of everyone else’s too. I am telling you this is NOT the case - and certainly not for me.
fj - The first album (or record) I purchased was bought in Germany when I was with the US Forces. I think it was Michael Jackson’s Thriller album. I have never seen Saturday Night Live. My focus was getting into University as my parents made it plain they could not afford it. That meant classes during the day and working nights and weekends (as well as study) I now have 2 degrees. More earth-shattering news for your comfort zone. I do not and never have owned a TV. Major time-waster.
Mark M. Well I guess there is a first time for everything. You are wrong - stunning as that word may be to your ears. I had not even HEARD of this song until Bill put it up the other day. In 1981, I was in Engineering Officer School at Ft. Belvoir, Va. Not much time there for buying records or playing around. Had a BLAST setting up … blasts though. (Hence the nick I was given, i.e. Detcord )
So, how about you three opening up your eyes a bit and accepting that there is a World out there beyond your corner of it. Ta!
Detcord - I do see some arrogance here, but I’m afraid it comes from you. All of your comments towards me were gross misinterpretations and you seem to feel that you know what my “culture” is. You have been wrong on almost every comment though. I think that someone needs their eyes opened, but it’s not me.
I made a comment about “ME” - which YOU chose to challenge. I have no idea what your culture is - save what you wrote here. YOU chose to challenge MY interpretation of MY culture. And now you write that I am wrong about my interpretation of .. ME????
How weird is THAT!
PS: Re-read lines 17 and 18 - and tell me who chose to challenge who’s culture.
What exactly did I say that was “wrong”? I didn’t say it was impossible that you never heard the song. You used the argument that you were an infant in the 60’s as a reason why you were not familiar with songs of the Stones. I simply implied that the argument doesn’t hold water because you clearly were not a young child in 1981 when Start Me Up was recorded. And I didn’t even get into the irreverence of not being part of the drug culture. Are you actually implying that in order to be a fan, one had to be a druggie? That could be considered offensive to many.
My initial comment (no. 16) was meant to be light-hearted (but also honest). Mick is 14 years older than I, and by the time my contemporaries and I would have reached record-buying age, he was 28 or 30. You said I, “certainly had to be old enough”, but he was a generation ahead of me (give-or take a couple of years).
However, my main points of contention were the assertions that I “must have” or “certainly had” to know Mick’s music. I felt I was being called a liar - which I think will get anybody’s dander up.
The first I heard of the song, “Start Me Up”, was right here in these pages of Bill’s site. Really. Truly. Honestly. I thought my (22) comment made this clear - in a light-hearted way - but the way I got bushwhacked in 23, 24 and 25 was, well, more than a little disconcerting (to say the least). Hence 26.