Arguably Satisfaction by the Stones is the Mona Lisa or Michelangelo’s David of rock music. Thing is, I don’t actually like it.
I’ve heard it so so many times that it just washes over me and I much prefer mid period Stones (Sympathy For The Devil, You Can’t Always Get What You Want etc). So I can hand on heart say that I really do prefer this spikier, more awkward version by Devo, but am willing to acknowledge I may be in a minority.
I first heard it when my school friend Graham proudly played his new 7″ single whilst we were playing a game of Mattel’s ‘Sock ‘Em Robots’ at his house in the summer of 78. Arguably attempting to decapitate toy robots is the perfect accompaniment to this track.
I’m not an afficiando of disco; The Bee Gees (those teeth – frightening) and John Travolta (that suit – dear god) scarred my youth. However I have grown to love pretty much all things Chic and ‘Lost In Music’ (written and produced by Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards) is an absolute dance floor classic – probably the last track you would expect Mark E. Smith (who liked a cover version) would adapt for his dulcet tones; but he did and it works magnificently, adding menace and bitter rancour where previously there was none.
Damn! Inevitable perhaps, but that’s one of my choices that I will have to replace! With that in mind, I wonder if possibly Richard had my choice for today on his list? Originally written by the last one (Young) of the initialled supergroup, C.S.N. & Y, and allegedly, about the third one’s (Nash’s) break-up from Joni Mitchell, although there appears to be some dispute about that! Anyway, the cover version appeared about 20 years later on the debut album, “Foxbase Alpha”, and was one of the highlights of the Royal Festival Hall set, when myself and Richard saw them almost exactly a year ago!