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Songs that Shaped Music: “Satisfacton” The Rolling Stones

Who doesn’t know the lyrics to this song? Whether you like or not, you can’t deny the impact this song had on music history and pop culture. The song came to Keith in a dream. Now that’s rock n roll!

For starters, some debate this, but this may have been the first band to use fuzz guitar in a rock song. Why does that matter? It launched the early stages  psychedelic music.  In the beginning, Keith Richards had intended the guitar riff to be a horn section. As it turned out, Gibson sent Keith a “fuzz box” and he planned to use it as means to flesh out the horn section. The rest of the band liked the sound and convinced Keith to ditch the horn section. Smart choice. The final sound comes from a distortion box. The first recording of the song was on a tape recorder it was recorded in the studio five days later.  The rest, as they say, is history.

“The final take was recorded just five days after Richards first came up with the idea. Three weeks later, it was released as a single in the US. An instant hit, it made The Stones stars in America; it helped that they were already touring the US to support it.The Stones performed this on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1966.

Song facts: http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=449″

 

The single entered the Billboard Hot 100 charts in America in the week ending 12 June 1965, remaining there for 14 weeks, reaching the top on 10 July by displacing The Four Tops’ “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)”. “Satisfaction” held the number one spot for four weeks, being knocked off on 7 August by “I’m Henry the Eighth, I Am” by Herman’s Hermits.

A common misconception is the song’s lyrics. written by Mick except for the line “can’t get no satisfaction”. Really, the song is about the real and phony side of America. It portrays a man looking for authenticity in society with no luck. The song is a statement about commercialism, a theme The Stones capitalized on frequently.

 

Satisfaction has been covered by some of rock n roll’s greatest including: Otis Redding, Aretha Frankilin and Jerry Lee Lewis. Other remakes by artists who should have never touched this song include: Britney Spears, Samantha Fox, Devo, and Vanilla Ice. Aside from remakes, the song has been the source of derivative renditions. The coolest being Sesame Street and “I can’t get no cooperation”.

It has also been featured in many movies, TV shows, and commercials – the most notable being “Apocolypse Now” and Jeff Bridges “Starman”

“It was the song that really made the Rolling Stones, changed us from just another band into a huge, monster band… It has a very catchy title. It has a very catchy guitar riff. It has a great guitar sound, which was original at that time. And it captures a spirit of the times, which is very important in those kinds of songs. ~Mick Jagger”

It has received musical accolades multiple times:

  • In 1976, Britain’s New Musical Express listed “Satisfaction” 7th among the top 100 singles of all time.
  • Vox listed “Satisfaction” among “100 records that shook the world”
  • In 1999, BMI named “Satisfaction” as the 91st-most performed song of the 20th century.
  • In 2000, VH1 listed “Satisfaction” first among its “Top 100 Greatest Rock Songs”.
  • Satisfaction” also finished runner-up to “Yesterday” in a list jointly compiled by Rolling Stone and MTV.
  • In 2003, Q placed the song 68th out of its “1001 Best Songs Ever”.
  • In 2004, Rolling Stones panel of judges named “Satisfaction” as the second-greatest song of all time, coming in second to Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone“.
  • Newsweek magazine has called the opening riff “five notes that shook the world”

This song changed The Stones from average to one of the biggest rock acts in history. It’s by far, one of rock n roll’s greatest songs.

Sources:

50 Years Ago: ‘Satisfaction’ Becomes the Rolling Stones …

Jul 10, 2015 – The Rolling Stones got their first No. 1, (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction, in July 1965.

(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction by The Rolling Stones Songfacts

On May 6, 1965, The Rolling Stones played to about 3,000 people at Jack Russell Stadium in Clearwater, Florida while on their first US tour. According to an …

Satisfaction Lyrics – Rolling Stones

Lyrics to Satisfaction by Rolling Stones: I can’t get no satisfaction / I can’t get no satisfaction / ‘Cause I try and I try and I try and.

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