In honor of The Rolling Stones’ 50th anniversary, All Things Considered has been talking to the members of the band about standout songs from their catalog. Hear Mick Jagger talk about the 1969 track “Gimme Shelter” and how it’s about a “world closing in on you” that still speaks to us today.
An atmosphere of tension surrounded The Rolling Stones when the band got into the studio to record Some Girls, its 16th U.S. release, in 1978. Not only did the group worry that the new waves of disco and punk threatened to pass it by, but Keith Richards was awaiting a serious heroin-trafficking court date that threatened to put him and the group out of commission. The Stones were in trouble.
But, like a great athlete, The Rolling Stones came through in the clutch, producing one of the band’s best and best-selling albums. Some Girls accomplished everything it set out to do and more: The album went platinum six times, “Miss You” dominated the disco floors, and “Shattered” and “Beast of Burden” countered any claims of the group’s diminishing relevance. Richards even got off on probation.
Happy Birthday, Mick Jagger.