Why “Satisfaction” By The Rolling Stones Was So Special

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More than five decades ago, the Rolling Stones released what would have been a breakthrough in the history of rock music – the single (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction, it debuted in the US during the first week of June 1965.
The song is special because of its classic guitar riff and the fuzz-tone technique of Keith Richards which was an innovation of his during that era.

Keith Richards about the Fuzz-Tone in 1992:

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“It was the first (fuzztone box) Gibson made. I was screaming for more distortion: This riff’s really gotta hang hard and long, and we burnt the amps up and turned the s–t up, and it still wasn’t right. And then Ian Stewart went around the corner to Eli Wallach’s Music City or something and came around with a distortion box. Try this. It was as off-hand as that. It was just from nowhere. I never got into the thing after that, either. It had a very limited use, but it was just the right time for that song.”

About the lyrics of the song, on the other hand, was written by Mick Jagger except for the line “Can’t get no satisfaction.”

“I Can’t Get No Satisfaction,” is grammatically incorrect. It has a double negative meaning which really means, “I Can Get Satisfaction.”

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