After the world ends, Kristen Stewart swerves through Los Angeles, dodging stray zebras and rocking with the windows down to the Rolling Stones in her blue Mustang GT. The new video for the Stones’ Eddie Taylor cover, “Ride ‘Em on Down.” It’s the first single from the Stones’ just-released album of blues covers, Blue & Lonesome.
In the video, directed by Francois Rousselet, Stewart dances as wildly as she drives, all over abandoned, sun-soaked L.A. When a police car pulls her over, it’s just another survivor asking where she obtained the gas for her Mustang. The man departs before things get violent.
“Ride ‘Em on Down” video was filmed over two days in Los Angeles, which is just one less day that it took the Stones to record Blue & Lonesome in its entirety in London. The band told Rolling Stone in a recent cover story that Blue & Lonesome was an attempt to warm up to Mark Knopfler’s British Grove Studio in London.
“I know that recording new music in a room [we’re] not familiar with, there’s sometimes going to be weeks before the room breaks in,” Keith Richards said. After the studio started “fighting the band” as Richards put it, they opted to dust off some blues songs.
“I didn’t even have time to change my guitar,” Ronnie Wood said. “They were coming so thick and fast. It was like, ‘OK, let’s do it – this one, that one.’ Some of the harder riffs were making my fingers bleed, and Mick was going, ‘Come, let’s do it again, then!’ And we’ll go, ‘Hang on! My fingers!’ It was real hard work, but I love it.”