January 25, 2015

Boomer Anthems: "Satisfaction" is 50 Years Old

Then: In June, 1965 it begins its journey...

The Riff

"Richards recorded the rough version of the riff in a hotel room. He ran through it once before falling asleep. He said when he listened back to it in the morning, there was about two minutes of acoustic guitar before you could hear him drop the pick and "then me snoring for the next forty minutes".

"The Rolling Stones first recorded the track on 10 May 1965 at Chess Studios in Chicago – a version featuring Brian Jones on harmonica. The group re-recorded it two days later at RCA Studios in Hollywood, with a different beat and the Gibson Maestro fuzzbox adding sustain to the sound of the guitar riff.

"Richards envisioned redoing the track later with a horn section playing the riff: "this was just a little sketch, because, to my mind, the fuzz tone was really there to denote what the horns would be doing." The other Rolling Stones, as well as producer and manager Andrew Loog Oldham and sound engineer David Hassinger eventually outvoted Richards and Jagger so the track was selected for release as a single. The song's success boosted sales of the Gibson fuzzbox so that the entire available stock sold out by the end of 1965." -- La Wik

Now: 50 years later it continues to rule its world....

"It sounded like a folk song when we first started working on it and Keith didn't like it much, he didn't want it to be a single, he didn't think it would do very well... I think Keith thought it was a bit basic. I don't think he really listened to it properly. He was too close to it and just felt it was a silly kind of riff... (We wrote it in) Tampa, Florida, by a swimming pool. Keith wrote the lick. I think he had this lyric, I can't get no satisfaction, which, actually, is a line in a Chuck Berry song called 30 Days... I can't get no satisfaction from the judge... (T)hat was just one line, and then I wrote the rest of it. There was no melody, really. - Mick Jagger, 1995

Posted by gerardvanderleun at January 25, 2015 10:46 PM
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There was no melody, really. - Mick Jagger, 1995

True, to this day.

Posted by: Rob De Witt at January 26, 2015 6:27 AM

Mostly I like these Boomer Anthem threads. But Satisfaction? I forkin' HATED that song when I first heard it. It's like stuffing your nose with airplane glue, and running a cheese grater over your eardrums. Still gleefully hating the hell out of it fifty years later.


Posted by: jwm at January 26, 2015 7:22 AM

It was released from recording VERY quickly, because we were lip-synching to it in our HS cafeteria. Remember, school year ends early to mid June.

Posted by: Don Rodrigo at January 26, 2015 7:41 AM

Let's see, Keef invents it, then everybody else votes him down. What a democracy!

I remember some radio stations wouldn't play it because of the suggestive lyrics "....tryin' to make some gurl....".

Posted by: ghostsniper at January 26, 2015 9:09 AM

@Ghostsniper: Yup. And the line about "see me next week, 'cause you see, I'm on a losing streak" was interpreted to mean the girl was shooting him down because she was "on the rag".

Posted by: Skorpion at January 26, 2015 4:49 PM

So when's Louie Louie coming!

Posted by: Mhf at January 26, 2015 6:22 PM

I didn't think any of the Rolling Stones were still alive, shrug.
Last time I heard any of their music was on an Osmonds tribute album.

Posted by: chasmatic at January 26, 2015 8:40 PM

"I didn't think any of the Rolling Stones were still alive"

They're not.

Posted by: vanderleun at January 27, 2015 9:10 AM

Absolutely the dumbest comments I've ever read. Moronic teenagers and 20-somethings.

Posted by: Jace at January 28, 2015 5:33 AM

Jace: Since you don't like us so much why don't you just fuck off.

I've got screwdrivers older than you and I know how to be polite when commenting.

Posted by: chasmatic at January 28, 2015 5:52 AM

I remember reading an article in "Rolling Stone" magazine, appropriately enough, back in the early Seventies. They asked Mick about the future of the band, and he said "I can't see myself singing "Satisfaction" when I'm forty!!"
He is still singing it at 71.

Posted by: barefoot serpent at February 7, 2015 8:07 AM