A few weeks after slamming The Beatles' “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club" as “a mishmash of rubbish,” aging white man Keith Richards had a few derisive words to share about some other musical genres in a sprawling interview with The Daily News.
“Rap — so many words, so little said,” said Richards (who previously mused astutely about the genre that he "never really understood why somebody would want to have some gangster from L.A. poking his fingers in your face.”)
“What rap did that was impressive was to show there are so many tone-deaf people out there,” he continued. "All they need is a drum beat and somebody yelling over it and they’re happy. There’s an enormous market for people who can’t tell one note from another.”
You can read the rest of the interview (which is basically the verbal equivalent of shaking a stick and yelling “get off my lawn”) over at the Daily News, or we’ve rounded up some of his most choice jabs below:
Rock n’ roll:
"It sounds like a dull thud to me. For most bands, getting the syncopation is beyond them. It’s endless thudding away, with no bounce, no lift, no syncopation.”
"Millions are in love with Metallica and Black Sabbath. I just thought they were great jokes.”
Referring to their iconic 1965 concert at Shea Stadium, Richards opined: "As a band, they weren’t in sync with each other.” Over time, he says, his appreciation for the band waned. "When it got to [seeing the guru] Maharishi [in 1967], I gave up.”
“Why don't you just shut up and let the f--g thing groove. That’s the problem with most guitar players. They can’t shut up. They’re playing fantastic stuff but if you don’t give it some room, you’re not going to appreciate it. It becomes a ‘me-me’ ego.”
"His daughter, Georgia Mae, was sitting around in my room and she said, 'oh, you know what dad's like. He's such a snob. He can come off that way even to me and the rest of the band. He comes on the plane and doesn’t say, ‘Hey mate.’ He’s preoccupied with something really boring. He’s a control freak. He likes to know everything that's going on. He lost himself a bit in the details.”
Still, he adds, that Mick is “a hell of a frontman” who he loves dearly.