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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

The Rolling Stones charted with “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”: June 12, 1965

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This content is taken from the The Top 100 Songs of the Rock Era, 1954-1999, available at DavesMusicDatabase.com as a standard book or ebook!

This song, more than any other which I featured in my first Dave’s Music Database book The Top 100 Songs of the Rock Era, 1954-1999 (which ranked the top 100 songs strictly as the database determined them), tempted me to fudge. Heck, it is my database. Can’t I manipulate it to ensure that the guitar riff that most single-handedly represents rock-n-roll tops the list? No. Then I’d want to bump songs from the list, add others, etc. So, despite often being hailed as the best rock song of all time and “one of the defining records of...its era,” AMG a completely by-the-numbers approach puts “Satisfaction” a notch lower than I’d prefer. [It ranks #2 in the book].

Stones’ guitarist Keith Richards said the riff, inspired by Martha & the Vandellas’ “Dancing in the Street,” GU came to him in a dream. He grabbed a guitar, taped the music, and fell back to sleep. RS500 “The next morning I listened to the tape,” he recalls. “There was about two minutes of...a very rough riff of ‘Satisfaction’ and then me snoring for 40 minutes.” HL

(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction

The next day, singer Mick Jagger penned his attack on American commercialism in ten minutes. RS500 Within a week, the Stones were in the studio recording the song. SF Gibson had sent Richards a fuzz box, which he used to sketch out what he thought would be a horn section. He told Rolling Stone that when he heard Otis Redding’s version, he said “shit, that was more what I had in mind.” RSP

Richards and Jagger didn’t want to release it, but were outvoted by their band mates who wanted what they considered an unusual sound for a rock record. SF A mere three weeks after being recorded, ”Satisfaction” saw U.S. release. SF It was issued in the U.K. only after its U.S. success. AMG It was the Stones’ first chart topper on both sides of the pond and the biggest song of 1965. WHC


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