On May 6, 1965 [lastfm]Keith Richards [/lastfm]reportedly fell asleep in a Clearwater, FL., hotel room and woke up to find he had composed the riff for “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” on his tape recorder.
It was just a riff. I didn’t think… I didn’t think of it as… I woke up in the middle of the night, put it down on a cassette. I thought it was great then. Went to sleep and when I woke up, it appeared to be as useful as another album track. It was the same with Mick too at the time, you know. It goes da-da, da-da-da… and the words I’d written for that riff were I can’t get no satisfaction…
Richards originally worried that the riff sounded too similar to[lastfm] Martha And The Vandella[/lastfm]’s “Dancing In The Street” or even “too folksy.”
Luckily for us, the rest of the band dragged Richards into the studio.