Jean-Luc Godard famously said that all you need for a movie is a gun and a girl; if the “Ride ‘Em On Down” is any indication, all you need for a music video is a car and a girl. Of course, it helps if said girl is Kristen Stewart, who spends the three-and-change minutes of the video for the new Rolling Stones single roaring through L.A. in a vintage Mustang, spinning donuts, sneering at creeps, and gazing and zebras and car fires. Have I mentioned she dances? She dances. It’s pretty fucking great.
According to Entertainment Weekly, the spot is directed by Francois Rousselet; the cinematographer is Newton Thomas Sigel, whose credits include Three Kings, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, and (a-ha, there we go) Drive. The single comes from the Stones’ new record Blue and Lonesome, their first new album in eleven years, comprised entirely of covers of blues standards by the likes of Howlin’ Wolf, Little Walter, Willie Dixon, and Memphis Slim. It’s out now. Meanwhile, I’ll be starting a change.org petition for a Kristen Stewart-fronted Drive sequel.