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.
In honor of Some Girls’ re-release, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards discuss the album on today’s World Cafe.