It's no secret that the Rolling Stones lived an incredibly wild, reckless, and sinfully decadent lifestyle. Supermodel wives, breakfast beers, a closet full of fur coats, and Jimi Hendrix and John Lennon on speed dial; these guys pretty much invented the rock n' roll cliche we all dream of. But as fun as it sounds, the allure of the music industry often gets in the way of "real work."
This is precisely how Keith Richards, Rolling Stones guitarist, felt about their album Some Girls. Comparing the rushed album release in 1978 to "the same as cutting off your baby's head," Keith shares, "We couldn't release a double album and we were on deadline…Sometimes you're really getting into tracks you want to finish, but they don't make (it) because time was up." Well Keith and Stones fans alike can thank their lucky stars for the Some Girls re-issue with 12 new tracks!
While Some Girls may seem like an odd choice at first, it's the Stones' most successful album in the States and contains some of singer/songwriter Mick Jagger, and Keith's most personal and innovative lyrics. Meant to reflect the punk rock and disco scene of the time, Jagger wrote songs that paid homage to the American lifestyle of the 70s. "Shattered", the album's closing track, lyrically weaves through the hustle and bustle of New York's rat race:
Friends are so alarmin' and my lover's never charmin' / Life's just a cocktail party on the street, Big Apple / People dressed in plastic bags directing traffic / Some kind of fashion, shattered
Yeah Mama and Papa told me see I was crazy to stay / I was gay in New York, just a f*g in L.A. / And I took the money and I took the plane / No matter where I go they treat me the same
"When the Whip Come Down" caused quite a stir at the time, but its controversial lyrics made it the Stones' most punk rock song and some critics claim best was the most accurate depiction of the New York lifestyle of that era.
If you've never gotten your ears on Some Girls, it's not too late. And even if you have, there's nothing like re-visiting an old friend. Head on over to Streetdate for all the deets on the re-issue including the 12 new songs. And no, "Moves Like Jagger" isn't one of them. Phew.