Mick Jagger said the Rolling Stones’ “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” was not his original idea. He said that “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” was originally in a different genre. Afterwards, he stated that Keith Richards did not want the song to be a single.
Mick Jagger Reveals Who Came Up With The Rolling Stones’ “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” Idea
During a 1968 interview with Rolling Stone, Jagger was asked if he had written much on tour. “Oh yes, always,” he replied. “It’s the best place to write because you’re totally into it.
“You come back from a show, you have something to eat, a few beers and you just go to your room and write,” he added. “I used to write about twelve songs in two weeks of touring.”
Jagger was asked how he came up with the lyrics to “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.” “It was really Keith,” he said. “I mean it was his initial idea.”
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Why Keith Richards didn’t want the Rolling Stones to release the song as a single
Jagger revealed how the melody evolved. “It sounded like a folk song when we started working on it and Keith didn’t like it very much, he didn’t want it to be a single, he didn’t think it would do very well,” he said. . “It was the only time we had a disagreement.”
The book Keith Richards on Keith Richards: Interviews and Encounters includes an interview from 1971. In it, Richards discussed an early version of the tune. “The record still felt like a dub to me,” he said. “I wanted to do…I didn’t know how to get excited.” I had really dug it that night at the hotel but I had passed it. No, I didn’t want him to come out, I said. I wanted to cut it again.
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How ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’ fared on the charts in the US and UK
“(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” topped the Billboard Hot 100 for four weeks, remaining on the chart for a total of 14 weeks. “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” became the Rolling Stones’ first single to reach number 1 in the United States. The song appeared on the compilation album Hot Rocks 1964–1971. The compilation reached #4 on the Billboard 200 and remained on the chart for a total of 394 weeks.
According to The Official Charts Company, “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” reached number one in the UK for two weeks. The track spent a total of 12 weeks on the chart. Meanwhile, Hot Rocks 1964–1971 reached number three in the UK and remained on the chart for a total of 18 weeks.
“(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” started in a very different place, but it became a massive hit.
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