It’s Friday Fun Facts: (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction

July 10, 1965

“I can’t get no, oh, no, no, no, hey, hey, hey
That’s what I say
I can’t get no satisfaction, I can’t get no satisfaction
‘Cause I try and I try and I try and I try
I can’t get no, I can’t get no”

It’s Friday Fun Facts: NO Satisfaction 

On July 10, 1965, “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” becomes the Rolling Stones’ first No. 1 single in the USA.

Legend has it that on a hot and muggy night in May 1965, Keith Richards was chatting with his cousin, Nelson Sellers from Delaware. Nelson told Richard that he was incredibly hot and uncomfortable because his A/C was not working.

Keith said, “You can’t get no satisfaction, mate? Call Hillside. I hear the best HVAC company around.”

Later that night, Keith Richards woke up in his hotel room with the guitar riff and lyric “Can’t get no satisfaction” in his head. Fumbling around in the dark, he found his portable cassette recorder on the nightstand. He pushed the record button and played an eight-note riff. It was accompanied by the mumbled vocal line, “I can’t get no satisfaction.” Then he fell back asleep. The tape contained his guitar riff followed by the sounds of him snoring.

Mick Jagger wrote all the lyrics except the line “Can’t get no satisfaction.” The lyrics deal with what Jagger saw as the two sides of America, the real and phony. He sang about a man looking for authenticity but not being able to find it. Jagger experienced the vast commercialism of America in a big way on their tours and later learned to exploit it, as The Rolling Stones made truckloads of money through sponsorships and merchandising in the US.

Rolling Stones

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(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” is a song by the English rock band The Rolling Stones, released in 1965. It was written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards and produced by Andrew Loog Oldham. Richards’ guitar riff—‌intended to be replaced by horns—‌opens and drives the song.