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ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 15: Singer Mick Jagger (L) and musician Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones perform at The Honda Center on May 15, 2013 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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The Rolling Stones: “Shattered”

The Hook: New York City in the late-’70s

Album:
Some Girls

Year: 1978

Writers: Mick Jagger and Keith Richards

Stats: Peaked at number-31 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Background: Keith Richards would often get the germ of a song idea and then hand it off to Mick Jagger. Mick tells us that “Shattered” certainly fits that description.

Mick Jagger on writing “Shattered.” OC:…cost nothing. :26

“It’s a very simple tune, ‘Shattered.’ It’s like there wasn’t anything, it was just this groove. There was no lyrics and so I had to come up with these lyrics that went with this whole feel, but it’s got this very simple feel and the lyrics are all about New York — a rather run down New York in those days. It was just coming out of the period of New York when all the garbage was always in the street, the whole place smelled terrible. Everything was down, you know, real estate cost nothing.”