Rob Kinnan
Brand Manager, Mustang Monthly
December 7, 2016

Five days ago, on December 2, 2016, the Rolling Stones released “Blue & Lonesome,” the band’s first studio album in over a decade. As their website says, this album “takes the band back to their roots and the passion for blues music which has always been at the heart and soul of the Rolling Stones.” If you only know the Stones from their megahits like Satisfaction and Jumpin’ Jack Flash (which is all that terrestrial radio will play anymore), then you don’t know the real Rolling Stones, with a catalog rich in blues, R&B, hard rock, and yes, even country.

With the new album come music videos, with one of the first being for the song “Ride ‘em Down,” a hard-driving blues rock song. The video features a hot 1968 Mustang fastback driven by Kristen Stewart of Twilight movie franchise fame. The car appears to be a nicely done restomod with deep blue paint and Foose-style wheels, and Stewart has never looked hotter or more bad ass than she does wheeling this thing through what looks like post-apocalyptic Los Angeles, complete with the “gotta have it” LA River shenanigans and a fake version of the famous Randy’s Donuts sign by LAX (renamed “Mike’s Donuts” probably for copyright reasons). Of course, the video suffers from the same afflictions that plague all car movie and video shoots, namely the ridiculous “shift it” shot, even though the car has an automatic and she goes from Park to Low (HARD must mean she’s racing!) without an establishing shot of the car stopped. And continuity issues like the window down/partway down/fully rolled up, a blue gum ball that magically transforms into a sexy, tongue-discoloring blue lollipop, nonsense “driving” meant to wow video viewers but annoy actual car people, and more, but that’s just the car guy nitpicker in me. And probably just the type of person the last scene is aimed at!

Regardless of those issues, the video features a hot Mustang driven by a red-hot chick in an abandoned Los Angeles which those of us who live in never get to see. And the tune is pretty kickass too, especially if you like blues or the Rolling Stones. Now I just want to know where to get that Rolling Stones Zippo.