Rolling Stones’ Some Girls offered one final blast of nervy, rock ‘n’ roll attitude

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With Some Girls, the Rolling Stones embraced mainstream undercurrents, moving as far as they yet had from the earthen rhythm and blues that provided a bed-rock inspiration for the band’s sound. After a few years of unfocused meanderings following the druggy somnambulism of Exile on Main Street, they were again playing with a knifing sharpness — incorporating sinewy, rattling elements of punk and the sleek ironies of disco.

So, Some Girls was, in many ways, a very important moment. We now know that the Rolling Stones were at the teetering point between two times and, really, they would never sound the same again.

You already feel them creeping, slowly at first, from the healthy skepticism that once drove their muse, beginning with the thrillingly detached disregard of “Satisfaction,” over toward an empty cynicism. There are times when Some Girls felt utterly, completely full of shit — but, at this point, still in a good way.

Later, in just a few short years, things would tilt completely in that direction. In the meantime, there was this final moment of cocksure attitude, released on June 9, 1978.

The full-on, balls-out Some Girls was perfectly uncluttered — no horn section, no guest stars like Billy Preston. (Their subsequent tour provided an opportunity to build off the record’s latent energy, rather than fruitlessly try to match it.) Gruff, not yet mockingly extravagant (in fact, quite inelegant at times) and always in the moment, the Rolling Stones’ Some Girls was one last blast of perfectly glorious rock ‘n’ roll attitude.

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