(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction

I had to take my car into the garage today for some manufacturers recall. I never seem to be far away from some earphones, so on the relatively short walk in the cold to work I stuck the ear buds in and pressed shuffle. First song today turns out to be the oldest song featured in the blog so far –  (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction from The Rolling Stones.

The opening three note guitar riff from Keith Richards is absolutely iconic and I’d hazard a guess that most people will recognise it as a Stones song from the opening seconds.

The fuzz tone that runs throughout the songs duration could have sounded so different as Richards wanted that part to be performed on horns and that was just a mental note.

Heading back over half a century in time, the song it’s self at the time was deemed to be controversial due to its sexually suggestive lyrics and an attack on commercialism. I wonder what the same people would make of some of our modern pop songs? The song ended up being the bands first number one Stateside and their fourth in the UK.

I’ve never been a huge Stones fan, I just had more of a passing interest, but I have been listening to them for as long as I can remember. As a kid I liberated the twin cassette version of the bands Rolled Gold best of compilation from my dad and found a home for it in my fledgling musical collection. I’ve never had the opportunity to see the band live, something that I might need to look into sooner rather than later now that three quarters of the band are in their 70’s. Like U2 and some other bands, they are one I’d like to see more out of curiosity and to be able to  say I’ve seen once.


Finishing off with the car, the initial job was free but they did a visual inspection for me and found “several problems” that need addressing. I definitely won’t get any satisfaction at that garage if I have the work done there costing me almost £1,500!!