Exile On Main Street Vs. The White Album

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Exile On Main Street 83
The White Album 54


uk grime faggot (titchyschneiderMk2), Sunday, 25 January 2009 17:36 (twelve years ago) link

Exile. (But it's the only Stones album I would vote for against the White Album.)

WmC, Sunday, 25 January 2009 17:40 (twelve years ago) link

Exile. But that's mostly because I've listened to it much more than the White Album.

i like to fart and i am crazy (gbx), Sunday, 25 January 2009 17:41 (twelve years ago) link

exile cuz honestly i only like about half of white album

crackers is biters (M@tt He1ges0n), Sunday, 25 January 2009 17:42 (twelve years ago) link

The ground-down essence of a style vs. scattershot-everythingness ... in this case I'll take the essence, but I love 'em both.

sw00ds, Sunday, 25 January 2009 17:43 (twelve years ago) link

Is this another rock-vs-pop thread?

staggerlee, Sunday, 25 January 2009 17:46 (twelve years ago) link

Beatles. cause that's the one i feel like listening to right now.

Keep The Dogs Away (Ioannis), Sunday, 25 January 2009 18:04 (twelve years ago) link

i used to love exile but somehow its charms have faded away long ago. the white album is so much more varied, it never gets boring. their best and one of the best 20 albums ever.

alex in mainhattan, Sunday, 25 January 2009 18:30 (twelve years ago) link

white album

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Sunday, 25 January 2009 18:42 (twelve years ago) link

because exile is boring

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Sunday, 25 January 2009 18:42 (twelve years ago) link

Exile, because no corny McCartney horsecrap.

Dear Tacos, how are you? I am fine. The weather is nice. I miss yo (Oilyrags), Sunday, 25 January 2009 18:43 (twelve years ago) link

White Album

she started dancing to that (Finefinemusic), Sunday, 25 January 2009 18:44 (twelve years ago) link

hoos hoos hoos...really dog?

crackers is biters (M@tt He1ges0n), Sunday, 25 January 2009 18:45 (twelve years ago) link

really!

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Sunday, 25 January 2009 18:49 (twelve years ago) link

It's like would I rather watch Saturday morning cartoons or read Hemingway? I love the shit out of Hemingway but most days I'm gonna pick Saturday morning cartoons cause I ain't always in the mood to edify myself.

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Sunday, 25 January 2009 18:50 (twelve years ago) link

what the hell are you talking about

i like to fart and i am crazy (gbx), Sunday, 25 January 2009 18:51 (twelve years ago) link

exile is hemingway and the white album is muppet babies? i don't get it

i like to fart and i am crazy (gbx), Sunday, 25 January 2009 18:52 (twelve years ago) link

white album. its ragged (like exile) but its got so much range (exile kinda does all it can within a more limited frame), does pretty much all of it brilliantly, and it still all sounds bound together (the sequencing - which must have taken ages, given how much is on this, helps a lot too). also, exiles a bit too 'americana' for me. call me close minded but i quite like british bands that still sound somewhat british ;)

uk grime faggot (titchyschneiderMk2), Sunday, 25 January 2009 18:54 (twelve years ago) link

weird. are you just reacting to like the rock crit mythos jizz cult of exile or something? just like "tumbling dice"..."happy"..."rocks off", i always think of exile as like a kinda drunk rowdy record....

it's all swagger and shit to me, not like some kinda ear broccoli shit

crackers is biters (M@tt He1ges0n), Sunday, 25 January 2009 18:55 (twelve years ago) link

xpost to hoos

crackers is biters (M@tt He1ges0n), Sunday, 25 January 2009 18:56 (twelve years ago) link

the "sixes and sevens and nines" part of tumbling dice is some 2 snaps up and a CIRCLE girlfriend type shit, not some boring hemingway rock

crackers is biters (M@tt He1ges0n), Sunday, 25 January 2009 18:56 (twelve years ago) link

weird. are you just reacting to like the rock crit mythos jizz cult of exile or something? just like "tumbling dice"..."happy"..."rocks off", i always think of exile as like a kinda drunk rowdy record....

it's all swagger and shit to me, not like some kinda ear broccoli shit

― crackers is biters (M@tt He1ges0n), Sunday, January 25, 2009 12:55 PM (56 seconds ago) Bookmark

yeah, this. i always associate exile w/drinking whiskey w/bros, not scratching my chin in appreciation

i like to fart and i am crazy (gbx), Sunday, 25 January 2009 18:57 (twelve years ago) link

^^truthbomb

crackers is biters (M@tt He1ges0n), Sunday, 25 January 2009 18:58 (twelve years ago) link

*shrug* Exile isn't fun to me maybe I need to leave it on while drinking whiskey w/bros or something

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Sunday, 25 January 2009 18:59 (twelve years ago) link

see what happens

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Sunday, 25 January 2009 18:59 (twelve years ago) link

well shit there's no parry for an e-shrug, so god bless and i hope u like exile one day.

crackers is biters (M@tt He1ges0n), Sunday, 25 January 2009 19:00 (twelve years ago) link

god speed hoos

i like to fart and i am crazy (gbx), Sunday, 25 January 2009 19:01 (twelve years ago) link

white album. its ragged (like exile) but its got so much range (exile kinda does all it can within a more limited frame),

I'm confused by this. Stylistic "range," you mean? EOMS has plenty of emotional range.

I've listened to Emotional Rescue with beers and bros. Maybe I used the wrong album.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Sunday, 25 January 2009 19:04 (twelve years ago) link

stones are a bro down band pretty much across the board IMO, way more than the beatles

crackers is biters (M@tt He1ges0n), Sunday, 25 January 2009 19:05 (twelve years ago) link

also, exiles a bit too 'americana' for me. call me close minded but i quite like british bands that still sound somewhat british ;)

ha. See, I can't forget that Jagger is a britishes while listening to EOMS: emotional distance meets physical distance.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Sunday, 25 January 2009 19:08 (twelve years ago) link

Never loved Exile. Actually, never felt anything much about it. And yes, I've got teh fukker on CD and 'ave listened to it too. Usually tend to lose interest somewhere halfway through. Bugger.

t**t, Sunday, 25 January 2009 19:10 (twelve years ago) link

white album

― BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, domingo 25 de enero de 2009 18:42 (28 minutes ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink
because exile is boring

― BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, domingo 25 de enero de 2009 18:42 (28 minutes ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

Turangalila, Sunday, 25 January 2009 19:11 (twelve years ago) link

Exile, because no corny McCartney dirgey Harrison horsecrap.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Sunday, 25 January 2009 19:17 (twelve years ago) link

exile is the dopest stones album, vv occasionally the critical consensus is otm.

the gush of yesterday (omar little), Sunday, 25 January 2009 19:21 (twelve years ago) link

also, exiles a bit too 'americana' for me. call me close minded but i quite like british bands that still sound somewhat british ;)

ha. See, I can't forget that Jagger is a britishes while listening to EOMS: emotional distance meets physical distance.

funny thing is that the fucker was primarily recorded in Nice, France. go figure.

Keep The Dogs Away (Ioannis), Sunday, 25 January 2009 19:25 (twelve years ago) link

Exile,easy

Zeno, Sunday, 25 January 2009 19:30 (twelve years ago) link

xpost, i meant stylistically, yeah.

uk grime faggot (titchyschneiderMk2), Sunday, 25 January 2009 19:49 (twelve years ago) link

that period in the stones career is unstoppable and so more = better = exile is best record

ian, Sunday, 25 January 2009 20:16 (twelve years ago) link

funny thing is that the fucker was primarily recorded in Nice, France. go figure.

― Keep The Dogs Away (Ioannis), Sunday, January 25, 2009 7:25 PM (1 hour ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

why is this "funny?" should exile sound french because they recorded it in France?

Mr. Que, Sunday, 25 January 2009 20:43 (twelve years ago) link

also: exile no contest

Mr. Que, Sunday, 25 January 2009 20:43 (twelve years ago) link

Exile, though it kills me to say so

iago g., Sunday, 25 January 2009 20:45 (twelve years ago) link

Beatles obv

ROBOT PENIS (Autumn Almanac), Sunday, 25 January 2009 21:13 (twelve years ago) link

i guess i like exile in theory but in practice i just never enjoy listening to it as much as, like, ANY stones album up until then.

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Sunday, 25 January 2009 22:05 (twelve years ago) link

Exile. Both do a good job of capturing that it's-5AM-holy-fuck-where-are-we vibe, but Exile also gets the appropriate salvation vibe that getting real gone can bring about, whereas by the end of the White Album you're still just disoriented. But both are totally awesome.

Euler, Sunday, 25 January 2009 22:14 (twelve years ago) link

Exile on Main Street vs Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Sunday, 25 January 2009 22:16 (twelve years ago) link

Exile by a few lengths. A year-by-year Beatles vs. Stones would be fun to do: Aftermath or Revolver? (Answer: Beatles.) Let It Bleed vs. Abbey Road? (Stones, no contest at all.) Etc.

Matos W.K., Sunday, 25 January 2009 22:26 (twelve years ago) link

reading the 33 1/3 on Exile but i haven't really had the album very long and I don't feel like it will measure up to my favorite Stones albums (Beggars and Sticky Fingers), whereas listening to White Album for the first time was a big revelation for me as someone who didn't hear a ton of Beatles growing up (but did hear a ton of Stones).

some dude, Sunday, 25 January 2009 22:30 (twelve years ago) link

I'd heard Exile plenty times, casually, in the background and stuff but it wasn't until I listened to it about 20-25 times pretty seriously before I really started to get it/really get into it

Mr. Que, Sunday, 25 January 2009 22:33 (twelve years ago) link

"Turd on the Run" vs "Dont Pass Me By"

Henry Frog (Frogman Henry), Monday, 26 January 2009 00:31 (twelve years ago) link

"Bungalow Bill" vs Bill Wyman

Henry Frog (Frogman Henry), Monday, 26 January 2009 00:34 (twelve years ago) link

let's see:

1965: rubber soul vs out of our heads (beatles, easily)
1966: aftermath vs revolver (beatles, tho aftermath is my favorite stones album, probably)
1967: between the buttons vs sgt pepper (close to a tie, though i still give the edge to the beatles)
1967 part two: their satanic majesties request vs sgt pepper (beatles)
1968: beggars banquet vs the white album (beatles)
1969: let it bleed vs abbey road (stones)
1970/71: sticky fingers vs let it be (stones)

embarrassingly enough, i haven't heard the first two stones albums so i can't do anything pre-65.

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Monday, 26 January 2009 01:19 (twelve years ago) link

it's more like Majesties vs. Magical Mystery Tour

Matos W.K., Monday, 26 January 2009 01:38 (twelve years ago) link

more like lese majeste vs being on tour.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Monday, 26 January 2009 02:01 (twelve years ago) link

oh come on dude

Matos W.K., Monday, 26 January 2009 02:02 (twelve years ago) link

shit, you're right! well:

1967 part two: satanic majesties vs mmt (stones might actually win this one, tho "i am the walrus" is better than anything on TSMR)

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Monday, 26 January 2009 02:02 (twelve years ago) link

i don't skip any tracks on exile, so that one

now is the time to winterize your manscape (will), Monday, 26 January 2009 02:10 (twelve years ago) link

"The White Album". Not by any means my favourite Beatles album, but still way better than the most overrated Stones album.

Geir Hongro, Monday, 26 January 2009 02:29 (twelve years ago) link

Even "Satanic"?

I can't vote, having not heard the album outside of the flexidisc, and once in a girl's car (didn't know what it was, wasn't struck)

But then, I'm sort of revisiting the Stones thesedays, so maybe one day ...

.. I kinda think I'd still vote White Album, but fair's fair.

Mark G, Monday, 26 January 2009 08:01 (twelve years ago) link

..

Mark G, Monday, 26 January 2009 13:59 (twelve years ago) link

exile. the first time I heard it, it just sounded so new to me - so much going on. and I really do think of "rocks off" as pretty much the most ass-kicking album opener of all time.

J0hn D., Monday, 26 January 2009 14:57 (twelve years ago) link

I'm gonna have to, aren't I?

Mark G, Monday, 26 January 2009 15:00 (twelve years ago) link

beatles the better band. but exiles the greatest.

Michael B, Monday, 26 January 2009 15:11 (twelve years ago) link

Fuck, Exile, no question.

"1965: rubber soul vs out of our heads (beatles, easily)
1966: aftermath vs revolver (beatles)
1967: between the buttons vs sgt pepper (close to a tie, though i still give the edge to the beatles)
1967 part two: their satanic majesties request vs MMT (Stones)
1968: beggars banquet vs the white album (Stones)
1969: let it bleed vs abbey road (stones)
1970/71: sticky fingers vs let it be (stones)"

Fixed your wrongness. Though, frankly, it's mostly because of the match-ups (and because the American releases are confusing as hell to keep track of). Like, Aftermath would beat Sgt. Pepper for me, but Between The Buttons can't. And Satanic only barely clears MMT for me, mostly because I hate MMT and think only most of SMR is crap. But from Beggars on, there's no question.

THESE ARE MY FEELINGS! FEEL MY FEELINGS! (I eat cannibals), Monday, 26 January 2009 21:52 (twelve years ago) link

exile

I'd like to know though what's wrong w. Abbey Rd?

seppuku toothbrush (Drugs A. Money), Monday, 26 January 2009 22:45 (twelve years ago) link

it ain't Let It Bleed.

Keep The Dogs Away (Ioannis), Monday, 26 January 2009 22:53 (twelve years ago) link

im with gbx & he1geson

twitty milk (deej), Monday, 26 January 2009 23:36 (twelve years ago) link

Exile because of Charlie Watts.

leavethecapital, Tuesday, 27 January 2009 01:49 (twelve years ago) link

1964: A Hard Day's Night Vs. Rolling Stones: Beatles landslide
1964: Help! Vs. Rolling Stones No. 2: Beatles landslide
1965: Rubber Soul Vs. Out Of Our Heads: Beatles landslide
1966: Revolver Vs. Aftermath: Better Stones albums, but still Beatles by a lot
1967: Sgt. Pepper Vs. Between The Buttons: Beatles, but also a good Stones album
1967: Magical Mystery Tour Vs. Their Majesties Satanic Request: Beatles still wins, ahead of the best Stones album
1968: The White Album Vs. Beggar's Banquet: Both dipping a bit in quality from being too fixated with "roots" and leaving psych pop behind. Still Beatles
1969: Abbey Road Vs. Let It Bleed: Landslide win for The Beatles.
1970-71: Let It Be Vs. Sticky Fingers: Still Beatles although this is one or the worst Beatles albums.

Geir Hongro, Tuesday, 27 January 2009 11:25 (twelve years ago) link

Go away.

Exile wins this, tho White Album is the only Beatles I've ever actually contemplated owning.

Vicious Cop Kills Gentle Fool (Tom D.), Tuesday, 27 January 2009 11:31 (twelve years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Monday, 9 February 2009 00:01 (twelve years ago) link

both are badass rambles.

nicky lo-fi, Monday, 9 February 2009 05:16 (twelve years ago) link

exile for sure, cuz erratic stones sure tops erratic beatles

Charlie Howard, Monday, 9 February 2009 05:18 (twelve years ago) link

Exile, because no corny McCartney horsecrap.

this

forecast from stonehenge (get bent), Monday, 9 February 2009 05:36 (twelve years ago) link

give me 7 martha my dears

PappaWheelie V, Monday, 9 February 2009 06:25 (twelve years ago) link

It's like would I rather watch Saturday morning cartoons or read Hemingway? I love the shit out of Hemingway but most days I'm gonna pick Saturday morning cartoons cause I ain't always in the mood to edify myself.

― BIG HOOS aka the steendriver

what the hell are you talking about

― i like to fart and i am crazy (gbx)

This made me laugh. Hoos, if you don't like it, it's ok. The Rolling Stones are far from being medicinal, and you don't have to swallow it if you don't like the taste.

I voted for Exile, the rest of the thread sight unseen.

Bad Banana On Broadway (kenan), Monday, 9 February 2009 07:18 (twelve years ago) link

Hmm, so is this another where all the posts ref the Rollings, yet the White album wins?

Mark G, Monday, 9 February 2009 08:06 (twelve years ago) link

Hopefully.

Donate your display name to Farfisa, I mean Moog (Autumn Almanac), Monday, 9 February 2009 09:13 (twelve years ago) link

^^^ discourse

Donate your display name to Farfisa, I mean Moog (Autumn Almanac), Monday, 9 February 2009 09:13 (twelve years ago) link

also, exiles a bit too 'americana' for me. call me close minded but i quite like british bands that still sound somewhat british ;)

― uk grime faggot (titchyschneiderMk2), Sunday, 25 January 2009 18:54 (2 weeks ago)

This is the reason i dont like the who

X-101, Monday, 9 February 2009 10:05 (twelve years ago) link

Both are the act's most overrated, but The Beatles >> Stones, so "The White Album" still has this.

Geir Hongro, Monday, 9 February 2009 10:38 (twelve years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Tuesday, 10 February 2009 00:01 (twelve years ago) link

that's right beatles suck it

鬼の手 (Edward III), Tuesday, 10 February 2009 00:10 (twelve years ago) link

wow! hearing only their major singles i have never had any interest in the stones, but now i'm tempted to check out this album. i'm not a huge white album fan, but still.

samosa gibreel, Tuesday, 10 February 2009 00:37 (twelve years ago) link

blimey, good turn out for this one. i have a lot of time for both of them.

sam500, Tuesday, 10 February 2009 00:39 (twelve years ago) link

twelve years pass...

Getting some bad vibes from the White Album when listening to it for the first time in a long time. Thought about other bad vibes albums and the first one that comes to mind was Exile. So Exile wins above pretty decisively on Best, but which one has the Worst Vibes?

Exile: I could see this album soundtracking some bad things, say a bank robbery, or overdosing on heroin, but this album seems fundamentally positive to me. Chaotic Good?
White: This album "soundtracked" the Manson slayings. It seems really unhinged on some level. Lawful Evil?

hocus pocus, alakazam (PBKR), Wednesday, 24 November 2021 23:47 (one week ago) link

Breakfast in America

brimstead, Thursday, 25 November 2021 01:16 (one week ago) link

middle age despair, messy, suicidal

brimstead, Thursday, 25 November 2021 01:17 (one week ago) link

Ugh I’m sorry, youre talking about something completely different

brimstead, Thursday, 25 November 2021 01:18 (one week ago) link

LA Woman?

brimstead, Thursday, 25 November 2021 01:19 (one week ago) link

Exile is like the 12 stages of being f'cked up, from elation to misery.

earlnash, Thursday, 25 November 2021 01:25 (one week ago) link

Exile.

Legalize Suburban Benches (Raymond Cummings), Thursday, 25 November 2021 04:28 (one week ago) link

On sober reflection in the morning I'm having a hard time separating my question in the revive re: bad vibes from the fundamental poll question of which is better. At this stage of my life I would much rather listen to Exile and if I could magically transport myself and friends (dead, or alive but scattered) to a bar to shoot pool and the shit over beers, Exile would be a contender for an album I could put on that would be perfect.

Exile is more laid back and cool even though it rocks, while the White Album is more aggro and insidious, though acoustic and mellow in parts. Maybe?

hocus pocus, alakazam (PBKR), Thursday, 25 November 2021 13:27 (one week ago) link

Makes sense.

Sporting with the Fbclid (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 25 November 2021 13:30 (one week ago) link

Beggars Banquet is the White Album equivalent for the Stones: folk guitar, funny accents, fiddles, Mellotrons making strange sounds, psychedelic hangover in a roots context.
Not having seen it, I suspect the new documentary is the Exile equivalent for the Beatles.

Halfway there but for you, Thursday, 25 November 2021 15:19 (one week ago) link

it's hard for me to me to compare an album where all the songs fuse together with an album where all the songs repel each other like magnets, but I've never gotten a bad vibe from Exile; there's too much love in it for that, even if it's a fuzzed-out hungover kind of love.

Lily Dale, Thursday, 25 November 2021 15:36 (one week ago) link

^^truth!

fancy like applebeez (morrisp), Thursday, 25 November 2021 16:52 (one week ago) link

Great post, Lily Dale, and interesting distinction between the two.

hocus pocus, alakazam (PBKR), Saturday, 27 November 2021 00:30 (one week ago) link

Completely OTM Lily Dale.

birdistheword, Saturday, 27 November 2021 00:46 (one week ago) link


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