The guitarist relaunches Hate It When You Leave, from 1992, as side A of a single for the celebration, this Friday, October 24, of Record Store Day.
On October 24, Record Store Day will once again celebrate the “culture of independent record stores” in the world, and the occasion was an excellent excuse to frame the launch of the brand new video clip of Hate It When You Leave, A-side of Keith Richards single due out on Saturday, featuring the classic Key To The Highway as side B.
Hate It When You Leave is one of the themes of Main Offender, second solo album by the British musician, published in 1992, which in its Japanese edition added as a bonus track the blues standard that Charles “Chas” Segar first, and William “Big Bill” Broonzy recorded and retouched to such an extent that they are usually credited with their authorship.
Engraved by the rolling stone con sus X-Pensive Winos led by Steve Jordan almost three decades ago, the theme was taken up by the director Jacques Naudé, who is married to Alexandra, daughter of the guitarist and Patti Hansen, to give him a contemporary look in a deeper and simpler American context.
Naudé, born in Cape Town 37 years ago, highlights the simplicity of different everyday scenes Of what is usually defined as common people: a man who mows the grass, boys who play basketball in the street, girls who take their cheerleading class in an old shed, bodies that sweat heavy weights under the cover of a sun that embraces and suffocates, a grandmother and her granddaughter; a mother and her daughter …
And as separators, the eternal route, the road that seems to have no end, the tracks of a train that passes and passes, the track that is lost in a twilight that inexorably heads towards the darkness of night … Common denominator: the distance, a certain idea of immensity, from that horizon that, as always, recedes as one tries to get closer.
Everything that he does to life, appears in the video clip of Hate It When You Leave; the boy learning to play the drums, the girl who hammocks, brothers or perhaps friends, the man who, leaning on a fence, watches the passage of time, and perhaps also waits. And there, Old Keith, the combing 76, sitting at the table, between plants and flowers, with a stern gesture that stretches almost imperceptibly, under the brim of his hat.
The video pays tribute, points out the newsletter that accompanies the launch, to the people and places that one loves, especially at a time when family, friends and lovers have kept apart.
With that visual support, the song seems to regain meaning in that continuous beat that sounds as tribal as the one that marks the passage of the rest of the songs on the album. And on that basis, the unmistakable voice of Richards, who always seems to be about to be halfway, once again succeeds in its task of transmitting.
The release is tied in with the recent release of the remastered version of Little T & A, as a preview of the worldwide release of Keith Richards And The X-Pensive Winos Live At The Hollywood Palladium which will be available from next November 13 as a Super Deluxe Box Set, remastered CD, 2 remastered 180g LP, 2 180g limited edition LP in red and Digital.