Let this refuel the everlasting Beatles vs. Stones debate.
In a new interview with Esquire (which you should read in its entirety here), Richards was told the writer found himself listening to the Rolling Stones seminal albums much more often than The Beatles famous records over time to which Richards replied, “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.”
Although he went on to slam Sgt. Pepper, he did so while poking fun at himself by saying, “You’re starting to do Sgt. Pepper. Some people think it’s a genius album, but I think it’s a mishmash of rubbish, kind of like Satanic Majesties—’Oh, if you can make a load of s%&$, so can we.'”
Even after all these years, there’s no end in sight to the Beatles/Stones debate.
Outside of his feelings of The Beatles, another interesting tidbit Richards referred to was still getting a big adrenaline rush playing live, saying “it’s probably the only drug left to us, the one that draws us back as much as anything.”