Watch the Rolling Stones’ Restored 1967 Video for “We Love You,” ft. References to Band’s Redlands Drug Bust

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Originally released on Aug. 18, 1967, “We Love You” was an early hit for the Rolling Stones, peaking at No. 8 in the U.K. (and No. 50 in the U.S.).

A psychedelic-tinged Mick Jagger/Keith Richards composition, the song received a music video from director Peter Whitehead, though the clip was more or less lost to the sands of time after its subject matter — visual references to the Stones‘ 1967 Redlands drug bust making Top of the Pops executives deem it too controversial at the time.

Here’s that infamous video, which was restored and shared by ABKCO for its first official online release on Friday:

A bit about the Redlands drug bust, for context, per a news release:

The dragging chains and prison door sound effects that begin the song and are illustrated in the video were inspired by the February 12, 1967 police raid of Keith Richards’ home in Redlands, West Wittering, Sussex. Leading up to this event, British tabloid News of the World had published a series of sensationalistic stories about the drug use of pop stars, including Mick Jagger who then sued the paper for libel. News of the World tipped off authorities to a party at Richards’ Redlands residence where it was believed that drugs were to be present. Marianne Faithfull, who had just come out of the bath inside the home the moment 18 officers showed up, quickly covered herself in a fur rug. A trivial quantity of controlled substances was found, but Jagger, Richards and art dealer Robert Fraser were still charged with major drug offenses and all three were handed draconian prison sentences that June. The two Stones were bailed out pending appeal, which they won, after spending one night in prison. On the day Jagger and Richards were released, Brian Jones and his girlfriend were arrested on charges of drug possession. This series of events is thought to be the spearhead of a generational rift in British culture, where older journalists working with the authorities had an adversarial relationship with younger musicians; life-altering consequences hung in the balance of this clash of values.

And regarding the video treatment, an amusing sendup of the 1895 trials of Oscar Wilde:

Filmmaker Peter Whitehead—a Liverpool native who had directed The Rolling Stones tour documentary Charlie Is My Darling Ireland 1965 captures the ridiculousness of the band’s legal situation in the video for “We Love You.” Richards plays a judge, whose wig is composed of rolled up tabloids, while Jagger and Marianne Faithfull participate in a mock trial, inspired in part by the 1895 trials of poet/playwright Oscar Wilde. A fur rug, plausibly the one Faithfull wore, is presented as evidence, just as it was in the real courtroom. An October ’67 issue of The Evening News and Star with the front-page headline “DRUGS: BRIAN JONES GETS NINE MONTHS” can be clearly seen in another part of the video. Whitehead bookends the trial with footage of the band recording at Olympic Studios in London circa ’67, often enhanced by visual effects.

The Rolling Stones recently wrapped their Sixty tour across Europe and the U.K. this summer. Earlier this week, the band honored the late Charlie Watts, who passed away one year ago:

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