He's not very positive about Satanic Majesties, either

Keith Richards has labelled The Beatles’ Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band as “rubbish”.

Richards, who releases his first solo album Crosseyed Heart in 23 years in September, recently spoke to Esquire, where he described the Stones’ height of fame during the mid-’60s, comparing the consequences to the effect success had on The Beatles.

“A whole roomful of chicks yelling at you is not so shabby,” Richards said. “Because the year before, nobody would look at you. But they talk about us – The Beatles, those chicks wore those guys out. They stopped touring in 1966 – they were done already. They were ready to go to India and shit.”

Responding to suggestions that his band’s music may have lasted the test of time better than that of The Beatles, Richards added: “The Beatles sounded great when they were The Beatles. But there’s not a lot of roots in that music. I think they got carried away. Why not? If you’re the Beatles in the ’60s, you just get carried away – you forget what it is you wanted to do.”

He continued: “You’re starting to do Sgt Pepper’s. Some people think it’s a genius album, but I think it’s a mishmash of rubbish, kind of like Satanic Majesties. If you can make a load of shit, so can we.”

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  • Martin Thomas

    It has become the ‘done thing’ in recent years to say ‘Pepper’ wasn’t as good as Revolver and Rubber Soul. A bit like the myth that ‘Second Coming’ is a dud. It isn’t as great as The Roses’ debut album, but it isn’t a dud. Same goes for ‘Till The Band Comes In.’ It isn’t as good as Scott 1 to 4, but it’s not the bad egg most critics say it is. But if enough people say something then people start to believe it. I personally prefer The White Album, but there is no way that Pepper is crap. Satanic Majesties (2000 Light Years and She’s A Rainbow apart) was a steaming turd though. Keef’s got that right….

  • MisterGerbik

    Sounds a bit like Terence Trent D’arby announcing his next album would be better than Exile on Main Street.
    The man is one of the greatest guitar players of all time, do I care what he disliked 50 years ago? Not really.
    It’s just a bit vulgar seeking attention for his new record like this.

  • Boom no enjoy Beatles. Boom fucking dig Keef and Stones early lineup. No doing enjoying of Stones post some Girls. Stones be pure shit since. The Acid music being made in ’60’s late mist pure shit to Boom ear. Boom miss the Bobby Keys and the Mick Taylor on guitar.

    Boom out!!

    Now go rock the fuck out to Talking Heads

  • Ifitmakesyouhappy

    A Day In The Life, the title track, and Good Morning Good Morning were good, the rest of Pepper just Paul making a Disney soundtrack.

  • Simon Haddock

    Good old Keef always speaks as he finds…couldn’t agree more about his comments re- Sgt Pepper and Satanic Majesty.
    When I was 14 in the summer of ‘love’ ( haha) it was the album to like (Sgt Pepper ) and for the life of me I couldn’t see what all the fuss was about. All my friends couldn’t understand why I didn’t like it , calling me ‘un-hip’ ‘not cool ‘ etc… I thought Traffic were far more interesting !…’A Miishmash of Rubbish he calls it …Yep still is .
    Help , Rubber Soul and Revolver were the high points for me and always will be …