“ What all music does is provoke ”
Beneath the myth of Keith Richards - rock star, cult hero, unlikely inspiration to a family film pirate - there remains the focused heart of a great musician. In this interview with Anthony De Curtis, he recalls the pressures and musical pleasures that influenced the creation of the Stones’ superb, recently-reissued Some Girls album. Over the page, Kris Needs details the making of the album and the sources for the songs
Our subject today will be Some Girls. I know you’re doing some work with the album as we speak. Is it living up to your expectations? Is it showing you new things?
Yeah. Actually, it’s kind of strange stepping back all those years. Because in a way, when you’re listening to it, suddenly you go into that head. Oh, but there are some surprisingly… there’s far more than on Exile, and there are excellent out-takes. I’m here with Don Was right now right now and we are combing the archives and considering, like, does this need a remix? It’s very interesting. It knocked me out last night. I was doing a couple of overdubs that… I said, Oh, the harmony, I forgot to put on. So it’s just a little touching things up and editing things. It’s a strange thing. You have to realize that this is the last album I did on the stuff.
That must have brought an interesting perspective.
Yeah. For me it’s weird. It’s the last record I made before I did the big kick.
Obviously there was a lot going on at that time for you. The whole business of Toronto was hanging over your head. Can you describe your frame of mind back then?
Well, it was no more than its normal state of confusion. It was very optimistic confusion, and I remember the band …
by Kris Needs
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