Estamos a media semana y sigo con mi particular repaso stoniano a partir de la elección de Mick Jagger como mejor frontmen de todos los tiempos y esa entrevista en profundidad que publicó la Rolling Stone americana en 1995 y que acabo de recuperar de la caja de revistas viejas y via web.
3. Some Girls (junio 1978) está en ese lugar en mi lista de discos favoritos de los Stones. La mayoría se decantarían por Exile o Beggars Banquet junto a Sticky Fingers y Let it Bleed, pero para mi (y para el blog Megalómanos) no es su último gran disco, sino su última obra maestra. En los charts, llegó al 26 tanto en USA como en UK. Se grabaron 42 canciones de las cuales 10 vieron la luz en la edición final. Jagger lo veía así hace quince años.
WENNER:You came back, though, with “Some Girls.” Did that have to do, perhaps, with being in New York City?
JAGGER:Yes, you are absolutely right! Well done! I’d moved to New York at that point. The inspiration for the record was really based in New York and the ways of the town. I think that gave it an extra spur and hardness. And then, of course, there was the punk thing that had started in 1976. Punk and disco were going on at the same time, so it was quite an interesting period. New York and London, too. Paris – there was punk there. Lots of dance music. Paris and New York had all this Latin dance music, which was really quite wonderful. Much more interesting than the stuff that came afterward.
WENNER:He [Keith] told me that you kept trying to make a disco album, and he didn’t think that was the Stones. Was that the problem?
JAGGER:Not at all. I wanted to make more of a rock album. I just had one song that had a dance groove: “Miss You.” But I didn’t want to make a disco album. I wrote all these songs – like “Respectable,” “Lies,” “When the Whip Comes Down.”
Miss you fue uno de los primeros temas que escuché del grupo y aquella melodía me tenía entusiasmado. Con el tiempo la canción me cansa un pooco, seguramente me sobra un minuto, pero sigue siendo un gran tema.
WENNER:“Miss You” is one of the all-time greatest Rolling Stones grooves.
JAGGER:Yeah. I got that together with Billy Preston, actually.
WENNER:You and he came up with that?
JAGGER:Yeah, Billy had shown me the four-on-the-floor bass-drum part, and I would just play the guitar. I remember playing that in the El Mocambo club when Keith was on trial in Toronto for whatever he was doing. We were supposed to be there making this live record.
WENNER:That was the first performance of it?
JAGGER:Yeah. I was still writing it, actually. We were just in rehearsal.
WENNER:But that’s a wholly Mick Jagger song?
WENNER:And “Beast of Burden”?
JAGGER:That’s more like Keith’s song. I wrote lyrics.
WENNER:It’s got that really nice little lick on that. And “Respectable”?
JAGGER:Yeah, this is the kind of edgy punk ethos. Yeah, the groove of it – and on all of those songs, the whole thing was to play it all fast, fast, fast. I had a lot of problems with Keith about it, but that was the deal at the time.