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“Contrast Ringo with Charlie Watts. Charlie’s laid-back feel is just the perfect thing for Keith Richards’ fucked-up guitar. And that wasn’t so much about creativity as it was about feel and groove, this inescapable shuffle rhythm that makes you want to do wrong stuff.
“This album is their bomb, but it’s my favorite. It was their pathetic response to Sgt. Pepper, but it was still a fucking great album. It reeks of ‘me-too-ism,’ yet it’s still a fantastic record. I probably listened to it more than Sgt. Pepper. It’s darker and meaner, and I was a dark, mean kid. I was hostile and angry, and I listened to music that expressed my rage.
“Charlie’s technique is very idiosyncratic. There’s all kinds of bad technique going on with him, but he grooved. He had that famous thing where he never hit the hi-hat and the snare at the same time. Every backbeat, there’s a hole on the hi-hat pattern.”