In 1978, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards (“The Glimmer Twins”) were on a tear in the music world. Their last studio album, 1976’s Black and Blue, had embraced the disco sound (along with a mix of reggae, rock and blues). By 1977, punk had taken over Britain’s music scene and was sending a new wave of influence to the US. The Rolling Stones would meet the challenge of their “rock relevance” head on with the album Some Girls, released in June.
On Nov. 29, 1978, the Stones released “Shattered” as a single from the album. The song, the closing track for the LP, was a hyperbolic commentary on the New York City lifestyle of the late-70s. Part disco, part punk — the song was even part rap as Jagger’s “vocals” are more spoken than sung.
“Shattered” was the fourth single released from Some Girls and it would peak at #31 on the Billboard Hot 100 (previous singles “Miss You” and “Beast of Burden” hit #1 and #8 respectively in the US; the single “Respectable” was released in the UK and reached #23).
The single’s B-Side was a little ditty called “Everything Is Turning to Gold” (http://bit.ly/EverythingIsTurningToGold) — and it appeared everything was for The Glimmer Twins in 1978.