The members of The Rolling Stones were getting very close to middle age and had not released a studio album in two years. Time was moving on and disco and punk music were dominating the music scene. They were fearful of becoming obsolete.
Some Girls may not have saved their career, but it certainly reinvigorated it. The album was released June 9, 1978 and sold more copies that any of their other albums before or since. It moved six million copies upon its release and has now topped the eight million units sold level.
The band would have an innate ability to constantly reinvent themselves. They would be able to take popular music forms of the day and merge them with their bad boy rock ‘n’ roll image. This would keep the group popular an enable them to sell out 50,000 seat stadiums down to the present day.
“Miss You” would be The Rolling Stones eighth and final (up to now) number one hit. They created a danceable disco melody set upon a dual guitar foundation. Some people of the time accused them of selling out but the song was embraced across the board and became one of their biggest hits.
I sort of overlooked “Beast Of Burdon” when it was released in 1978. It has since become one of my favorite Rolling Stones' songs. This ode to Anita Pallanberg by Keith Richards featured a smooth vocal by Jagger and good guitar interplay by Richards and Wood. It would remain a part of their live act for years. The single would reach the American top ten.
The third single from Some Girls was “Shattered.” This song conveyed a punk attitude wrapped in rock rhythms. “Go ahead, bite The Big Apple, don’t mind the maggots” is sung by Mick Jagger in mantra style rhythms.