Mick Jagger Recalls Keith Richards’ Wrong Prediction About The Rolling Stones Hit
In the first episode of the BBC documentary series, ‘My Life as a Rolling Stone,’ The Rolling Stones’ lead vocalist Mick Jagger revealed that Keith Richards didn’t like the hit song, ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’ in the first place.
The Roling Stones initially released ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction‘ as a single in the United States in June 1965. The song also appeared in their fourth album, ‘Out of Our Heads,’ released a month later. The track was a team effort like most Rolling Stones classics, co-written by Jagger and Richards. It reached number one in the UK and the US and held that position for 14 weeks.
The song’s lyrics begin with a critique of commercialism and then abruptly shift into some sexual references, creating controversy at the time. The song stood out with Keith Richards’ impressive guitar hook and Mick Jagger’s distinctive vocals. Richards’contribution to the classic piece is among rock history’s most captivating and memorable riffs.
During his appearance in the Stones documentary, Mick Jagger recalled Richards’ wrong prediction about the hit song. When the singer co-wrote the song with the guitarist, their manager and producer Andrew Loog Oldham called it tremendous and said it would become a hit.
However, Keith Richards disagreed with him and said he didn’t like the song, so they shouldn’t have released it as a single. The guitarist was wrong about his prediction since the track was instantly successful. Jagger said it had a massive impact on their career and took them to the next level, giving them more confidence in the rest of their journey.
Speaking on ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,’ Jagger said:
“There’s this motel in Clearwater, Fla., and I remember sitting with Keith and writing the song ‘Satisfaction.’ Andrew Oldham said, ‘This is like a No. 1 single. This is great!’ Keith was like, ‘I don’t like it. It can’t come out as a single.‘ And it went to No. 1 like instantly.
It was like a big moment. It became your signature tune, cri de coeur, your sexuality, your controversy. You need to have that song that everyone remembers. It makes a huge change and brings you into a much more confident era of writing, production, and stuff.”
You can listen to the iconic song below.