Rockers THE Rolling Stones have taken a blow from their fans, who've voted the band's output for the last 30 years less than memorable.

A special edition of British music magazine MOJO polled devotees about their favourite Stones songs, and only a handful from the past 30 years made it into the top 50. Absolutely nothing appears on the list from the past 22 years - despite the band releasing a further five studio albums in that time.

JUMPIN' JACK FLASH - originally released 35 years ago - tops the list. The most recent, at number 15, is START ME UP - released in 1981 but written three years earlier. The song was the last time the band made it into the British singles top 10.

Another song released that year, WAITING ON A FRIEND, is at 40 in the Mojo list - but was an out-take from the 1972 album GOAT'S HEAD SOUP.

A total of 44 songs in the list come from the first 10 years of the band's recording career.

he edition's editor MARKE BLAKE says, "The '60s and '70s represent a golden age for The Rolling Stones. The band themselves tailor their live show towards songs from this era, and this has been picked up by the fans in the songs they've chosen.

"There are a fair number of album tracks in the list, but at the end of the day, it's the classic Stones singles that remain their best and certainly most popular work."

The top three all come from the years 1968 and 1969. Runner-up HONKY TONK Women was the band's last number one in 1969, while third-placed SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL was never released as a single, but was merely an album track on BEGGAR'S BANQUET.

08/09/2003 02:47