Originally filmed in 1967, the Peter Whitehead-directed promotional film has been newly restored in 4K. The “We Love You” video includes visual references to the infamous Redlands bust of February 1967, involving Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and singer Marianne Faithfull, the subsequent criminal trial, as well as the drug bust of Brian Jones later that same year.
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.