Many artists write and record songs they aren't exactly a hundred percent proud of, even The Rolling Stones. However, it's still shocking to hear that Mick Jagger and Keith Richards weren't overly pleased with one of the band's biggest hits.
Mick Jagger and Keith Richards weren't a fan of one of The Rolling Stones' biggest hits at first
"(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" is easily one of The Rolling Stones' most famous tunes. As soon as that memorable riff starts up, everyone, even people who aren't fans of the band, knows what's playing. It's also hard not to want to dance to it.
However, Jagger and Richards weren't impressed in the slightest when they first conceptualized the 1965 tune. In the first episode of the BBC documentary series My Life as a Rolling Stone (per Ultimate Classic Rock), Jagger said he and Richards wrote the song in a motel in Clearwater, Florida. The band was on tour, and Richards woke up with the guitar riff in his head and the lyric, "Can't get no satisfaction."
Their manager and producer, Andrew Loog Oldham, told them "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" would be a No. 1 single. However, Richards didn't keep his opinions about the song to himself. Jagger added, "Keith was like, 'I don't really like it. It can't come out as a single.' And it went to No. 1 like instantly."
Jagger said the tune is The Rolling Stones' 'signature'
"(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" became The Rolling Stones' first No. 1 hit in the U.S. It climbed to the top of the chart on July 10 and stayed there for four weeks.
The tune has become one of The Rolling Stones' signatures. On "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" going No. 1, Jagger said, "It was like a big moment. It became your signature tune, your cri de coeur, your sexuality, your controversy. You need to have that song that everyone remembers. It makes a huge change, and it also brings you into a much more confident era of writing, production and stuff."
Whatever Jagger and Richards' initial thoughts were of "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction," they quickly changed once the song opened the door even wider to the U.S.
The Rolling Stones performed their first American No. 1 hit on The Ed Sullivan Show the following year, which was a powerful moment. The tune speaks of the hardships one faced then, trying to figure out the real from the fake in the U.S., especially in terms of marketing, and the band performed it on one of the most popular American variety shows. If that doesn't epitomize everything The Rolling Stones were about, we don't know what does.
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