The Rolling Stones: Our Album Is A “Load Of Sh*t” And So Is The Beatles’

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Many people may not realize this, but lots of rock bands regret albums they’ve released. The Stones are one of those bands.

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The Rolling Stones’ “Satanic Majesties” album cover (photo via Feel Numb)

It’s a fact that The Rolling Stones followed in the footsteps of The Beatles. First, Paul McCartney claimed it was so.

“I don’t rub it in because I know the guys,” McCartney said of The Stones. “But, however, you look at the history of it all: The Beatles come to America, a year later the Stones come to America. …We’d go psychedelic, they’d go psychedelic.”

Then Mick Jagger confirmed it.

“[The Beatles] were both rivals and they were also … showing the way because they were the first…” Jagger said. “I admired them for that because they were sort of trailblazers in a lot of ways. They went to the United States first, they showed the way, they were big international stars.”

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The Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” album cover (photo via Genius)

So, following this way of doing things, after The Beatles dropped their psychedelic album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Stones released their own version of it, Their Satanic Majesties Request. 

This is ironic because Keith Richards said Sgt. Pepper was “a mishmash of rubbish.”

And, understandably, The Stones hated Satanic Majesties.

“There’s a lot of rubbish on Satanic Majesties,” Jagger said in the book According To The Rolling Stones. “Just too much time on our hands, too many drugs, no producer to tell us, ‘Enough already, thank you very much.'”

Likewise, Richards said if The Beatles could make a terrible record, so could The Stones.

‘Oh, if you can make a load of sh*t,” he said, “so can we.”

Below, you can “enjoy” the entire “load of sh*t” that apparently is the Satanic Majesties album.

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Caleb Murphy is a musician who writes about music. His writing appears in Consequence Of Sound, Pittsburgh City Paper, and some other cool places. He blogs about music at calebjmurphy.com.
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