The transitional song The Rolling Stones came to regret

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Rock ‘n’ roll started to gain traction on the eastern side of the Atlantic in the early 1960s. After Elvis Presley’s career underwent a two-year interruption due to military service, the UK’s emerging R&B and skiffle scenes foreshadowed a coming musical renaissance. Although The Beatles and The Rolling Stones are often considered the most important British invasion acts of this era, they were by no means the only ones pursuing their goals.

People still debate whether The Beatles deserve their acclaim more than 60 years later. This question always baffles me because anyone who isn’t a huge fan of the band should be able to appreciate how important they were in paving the way for immigration to the US. The Beatles paved the way for other British rock acts like The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, The Who, and more by becoming the first to dominate the Billboard Hot 100 and make an appearance on American television.

Mick Jagger inducted The Beatles into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988. In his overwhelmingly positive speech, he explained how the Stones would never have achieved such massive success without The Beatles. “We were singing Chuck Berry songs and the blues and stuff and we felt like we were really special animals,” said Jagger. “Thereafter, we learned of a group from Liverpool, with long hair and unkempt attire.”

The frontman of Rolling Stones went on to describe how the Fab Four helped him both directly and indirectly. “I Wanna Be Your Man,” a song they wrote, was later on their first big hit in England, according to Jagger. And that truly broke us in England, so we were extremely appreciative of that. We weren’t blind to the fact that they wrote and produced their songs in an original manner. Their later success in America opened many doors for subsequent English immigrants, helping them all. And for everything, I sincerely thank them.

The Rolling Stones had become well-known hitmakers by 1965 when they achieved a US number one single with “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” and “Get Off My Cloud.” The Beatles’ fierce competitors were portrayed by the media, but the bands were actually friendly and close. The Stones’ manager, Andrew Oldham, is partially to blame for the deceit. He positioned the group as The Beatles’ gritty, bad-boy counterpart. “Would you let your daughter sleep with a Rolling Stone?” is the headline he gets credit with creating.

The Beatles then released Rubber Soul in 1965. This marked the beginning of what would eventually be known as the psychedelic rock era. George Harrison’s innovative sitar work and John Lennon’s abstract lyrics reminiscent of Dylan made the song “Norwegian Wood (This Brid Has Flown)” a standout highlight. The Beatles started recording their first complete psychedelic rock album, Revolver, the following year.

The Rolling Stones kept a close eye on The Beatles as they moved away from their early lovelorn hits and towards something more controversial and creatively inspiring. The Stones released “Paint It Black,” their first psychedelic single, in May 1966, three months before Revolver. The band experienced enormous success with the song, which peaked at the top of US and UK charts and left a lasting impact on American youth who were protesting the Vietnam War.

While the song contained no overt reference to war, Jagger’s lyrics depicted a mourning person disillusioned with the world. Inspired by Harrison’s work on “Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown),” Brian Jones created sitar parts. These additions added a psychedelic edge to “Paint It Black.” The lyrics written by Mick Jagger and Oldham’s astute marketing techniques further subdued the song.

The Stones contend that they produced the first example of noir psychedelia in music. Even if The Beatles started the psychedelic rock movement. Regarding the song, Jagger once said, “That was the time of lots of acid.” It is adorned with sitars. It resembles the early stages of depressing psychedelic music. Perhaps we ought to bring that back, since it was the Rolling Stones’ original idea.

The Stones followed The Beatles into the psychedelic rock era thanks to the success of the single. They released Their Satanic Majesties Request later in 1967 as a more direct response to Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. They released Between the Buttons in January 1967 as a psychedelic response to Revolver. The latter was a comprehensive exploration of modern styles, with the technicolour album cover mirroring the vibrant content within (including the timeless hit “She’s a Rainbow”).

One of the Stones’ most controversial albums is Their Satanic Majesties Request. While some applaud the band’s foray into experimental composition, others criticize it as a poorly thought-out change of pace that didn’t fit the group’s style. One of the critics is none other than Keith Richards. When you’re the Beatles in the 1960s, you just go too far and lose sight of your goals. You’re beginning to act like Sgt. Pepper,” he said to Esquire. “I think it’s a mishmash of crap, kind of like Satanic Majesties. ‘Oh, if you can make a load of shit, so can we‘. Some people think the album is brilliant.”

According to Richards’ autobiography, “none of us wanted to make” the record and that they were merely “doing a put-on.”

In the end, the Rolling Stones regretted their acceptance of psychedelic music. Thankfully, Beggars Banquet in 1968 saw them revert to their tried-and-true blues rock formula. Over the next five years, they enjoyed their most critically acclaimed run of albums. The macabre nature of “Paint It Black” was much more in keeping with the band’s aesthetic. It perhaps indicated the direction they should have taken when creating Their Satanic Majesties Request. However, the Stones may associate it with their regrettable psychedelic period.

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