Classic rock fans love that the Beatles and Rolling Stones have been so close over the years, hanging out and collaborating on music. However, this friendship does not mean that the groups like everything the other does. Keith Richards once shared the Beatles album which he considered “dumb”.
Which Beatles album did Keith Richards call “garbage”?
In an interview with Esquire, the topic of The Beatles came up. And Richards wasn’t shy about giving his honest opinion.
“The Beatles sounded great when they were The Beatles,” the guitarist explained. “But there are not many roots in this music. I think they got carried away. Why not? If you’re the Beatles in the 60s, you get carried away – you forget what you wanted to do. You start doing sergeant. Pepper. Some people think it’s a genius album, but I think it’s a hodgepodge of garbage, kind of like satanic majesties – “Oh, if you can do a load of s—, so can we.”
Richards refers to the Stones’ 1967 album Request from Their Satanic Majesties. Critics criticized the album, and it did not spawn any radio hits.
Keith Richards’ thoughts on performing in front of screaming crowds
The guitarist also talked about what it was like to play in the 60s. Back then, rock ‘n’ roll was coming to the forefront of popular culture and music was becoming more experimental. One of the most notable aspects of the performance? The screaming crowds.
“When you’re the recipient of it, it’s quite obvious that it’s primal and sexual and beyond reason,” Richards said of the screams. “They certainly didn’t come for the music.”
He continued: “At that time there was no PA [large speaker systems]. And 3,000 screaming chicks could chase you from the whole place. Just looking at the crowd you could see them dragging the chicks outside, sweating, screaming, convulsing. Amazing, even at that age.
“At the same time, a whole room of girls yelling at you isn’t so bad either,” Richards admitted. “Because the year before, nobody was watching you. But they’re talking about us – the Beatles, those girls wore those guys out. They stopped touring in 1966 – it had already happened. They were ready to go to India and s—.
The influence of the blues on the music of the Rolling Stones
During the interview, Richards also discussed the influence of blues music on the Stones and how they brought that sound to a whole new audience.
“I was having a conversation with Buddy Guy [noted guitar player] just a few days ago he said very generously, “Thank God for you guys, because you really saved the blues in America”. You brought it all back to life,” Richards recounted.
“It was a good thing, because when we were debuting in London, the idea was to bring Chicago blues to London,” the rock star continued. “We were a bit idealistic at the time – you know what kids are like – but as weird as that sounds, as a life or a goal, that was it. We kind of did that in England and then suddenly found out in a year or two that it translated to America – bringing coal to Newcastle.
Beatles and Stones fans were surprised to learn that Richards thought so poorly of one of the Beatles’ most popular and critically acclaimed albums, but it’s no surprise: Richards always walked to the beat. of his own drum.
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