The Rolling Stones: “Jumping Jack Flash”

Posted: March 5, 2018 in THE CLASH of Cover Tunes
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Tune du Jour: “Jumping Jack Flash” – The Rolling Stones
THE CLASH of Cover Tunes: Culture Serial Killers vs. Flamin’ Groovies vs. Peter Thomas Sound Orchestra
The Rolling Stones

I Shouted Out, “Who Ate The Broccoli?”, When After All, It Was You And Me…



“This will be our reply to violence; to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before.”

Leonard Bernstein



The Original


The Rolling Stones:



THE CLASH of Cover Tunes


Culture Serial Killers vs. Flamin’ Groovies vs. Peter Thomas Sound Orchestra
Culture Serial Killers:

Flamin’ Groovies:

Peter Thomas Sound Orchestra:


Oh the disharmony! Much like Harlan County there are no neutrals here. It is your solemn responsibility to decide which cover song prevails. In other words … Which Side Are You On?!!? 


  1. Cuspid says:

    I like this – 3 very different versions, all of which have merit. The Flamin’ Groovies straight rock approach could have won this easily. But at nearly 5 and a half minutes, they went on too long. So I’m going with Peter Thomas Sound Orchestra’s surprisingly good instrumental rendition. The keyboard/guitar interplay is enough to be interesting while staying ever-so-slightly on this side of “too cheesy”.

  2. RDubbs says:

    This is a song that should not be screwed with much. That eliminates the Culture Serial Killers. I feel the same way as Doug, the Flamin’ Groovies do a nice, no-frills version but it should have been shorter. The Peter Thomas Sound Orchestra made me feel like I was in an Austin Powers movie. Right about now I wish I were in an Austin Powers movie. Even still, the too-long Flamin’ Groovies got my vote.

  3. Arnold Plotnick says:

    I didn’t like the instrumental version, but i was torn between the Culture Serial Killers and the Flamin’ Groovies. I went with the Groovies; this song really needs to be rocking. I really haven’t heard a cover version of this song that comes close; this song belongs completely and totally to the Stones.

  4. bornunderabadsign says:

    I don’t know if this is the quintessential Stones tune, but if it isn’t it must be in the top ten quintessential Stones songs. The CSK and PTSO versions made me think I was in Dante’s fifth circle of Hell, forever stuck in an elevator or the promenade of a mall with no wine, beer, peanuts, or possibility of escape. The Flamin’ Groovies version seemed to shuffle between the best of Stones bootleg LP’s like “Live R Than You’ll Ever Be” and a mish mash of studio production, I dug it and dug the extended play too…Rock On Groovies!

  5. Kerry Black says:

    I didn’t really care for any of these covers.

    I’ll give the first act credit for attempting a novel take with breathy female vocals, but I agree this song should be rocked.

    Flamin’ Groovies are a band I usually like and respect, but their last couple appearances on CMI have been lackluster. The get today’s vote by default.

    I want to say something nice about the final act, so I guess I’ll say I like the album cover photo.

  6. Pete Black says:

    Culture Serial Killers were just so somnambulistic. My life coach loosens my restraints when I use words with ten or more letters. PT Sound Orchestra was better, with groovy organ and guitar that actually slashes and nips. No full bites but a step in the right direction. Groovies get it easily from me. Gritty and organic. You have to break a sweat when you play this song. That is a rule. They recorded this in the winter in London. That is why they went on the extra two minutes.

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