SIR Mick Jagger insists the Rolling Stones were still able to make great music despite taking drugs.
The frontman admits there was a "party atmosphere" surrounding the recording of the group's iconic 1972 LP Exile on Main Street but claims they had frequent moments of lucidity when they were able to focus on the album.
He said: "That was a period of time when everyone took loads of drugs, it was very fashionable, but I mean, we did a lot of hard work as well. So it was a bit of a party atmosphere, loads of visitors, you know, there was a lot of drugs floating around, but not everyone was completely out of it all the time and we did a lot of good tracks, you know."
Despite acknowledging the substance abuse within the band - also comprised at the time of Charlie Watts, Bill Wyman, Mick Taylor and Keith Richards - Jagger claims they never discussed their drug use with one another.
He added to Absolute Radio DJ Christian O'Connell: "I don't remember how bad it was. Drug taking tends to be kind of semi-secretive for a lot of people, so you don't ever really know, and it's not a sort of breakfast question, 'how much heroin did you take? Oh did you?'" - Bang