Has legendary Rolling Stones rocker Sir Mick Jagger unveiled a new band with Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl? Not quite, but the dynamic duo just dropped a new song they recorded together called Eazy Sleazy and it sounds like they had a lot of fun laying it down.
The Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger, left, teamed up with Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl to record new song Eazy Sleazy, about coming out of lockdown. Credit:AP
Have Jagger and Grohl made music together before? No, this is a first and according to Grohl “it’s beyond a dream come true” for the Nirvana drummer, who has previously been in the recording studio with Sir Paul McCartney for a collaboration on Grohl’s 2013 film Sound City. “It’s hard to put into words what recording this song with Sir Mick Jagger means to me,” Grohl wrote on Twitter. “Just when I thought life couldn’t get any crazier… and it’s the song of the summer, without a doubt!”
Well? Is it the song of the summer (or Australia’s winter)? Eazy Sleazy rips along at a pretty good pace, opening with Grohl’s distinctive cracking snare drum style, and the 52-year-old wastes no time tearing into a slick guitar riff too. Jagger launches into the first of many lines inspired by events of the past year and being in lockdown due to COVID-19, singing “We took it on the chin, the numbers were so grim, bossed around by pricks, stiffen upper lips”. Jagger says he wanted to share the song, which he wrote mostly about coming out of lockdown, with “some much needed optimism” about the future. ”Thank you to Dave Grohl for jumping on the drums, guitar and bass, it was a lot of fun working with you on this,” the 77-year-old said. “Hope you all enjoy Eazy Sleazy!”
What does the song reveal about Jagger’s time in lockdown? Well, it seems Mick wasn’t too pleased about being told what to do, although he’s been happy enough to put health and safety ahead of his own freedom. “Looking out from these prison walls, you’ve got to rob Peter to pay Paul,” he sings in the third verse, before adding, “Everything’s gonna get really freaky”. There are some classic Jagger, tongue-in-cheek lyrics here too, such as, “You’re trying to take the Mick, you must think I’m really thick”. It sounds like Jagger had some fun penning the song, which has a bit of the old Stones track Neighbours about it – the angry man shouting out the window to whoever will listen.
Dave Grohl says it was “beyond a dream come true” to create new song Eazy Sleazy with Mick Jagger.Credit:Paul Rovere PTR
So he’s angry but optimistic at the same time? Yes, the lyrics look back on the grim times of being locked down, hooked up to Zoom and trying to escape prison walls. But Jagger sings that eventually those days will “be a memory you’re trying to remember to forget” as life slowly returns to normality. He gets a decent snarl going at times and his distinctive voice sounds in great shape. Maybe a year away from touring and the usual rigours of being Mick Jagger have given him a freshen up, not that he needed one. Jagger bounces around in the film clip in much the same way he has since the Stones first erupted in the early 1960s.
Has anyone else contributed to the song?When Dave Grohl is involved, you hardly need anybody else along for the ride. This is the same man who played every instrument on his self-produced first album post-Nirvana, the self-titled Foo Fighters in 1995. On Eazy Sleazy he’s all over the drums, shredding on guitar, holding down the bass and letting Mick do what Mick does best – that is, be the main attraction. Grohl is one of the hardest working men in rock ‘n’ roll, there’s no doubt about it, but he knows as well as anyone that Jagger is rock royalty of the highest order. The track was produced by Matt Clifford, who has a long history of working with the Stones and Jagger.
And what about the film clip, how’s that look? It’s a ripper, loaded up with rock ‘n’ roll swagger as you’d expect from two of the best in the business. Mick grins, leers and leans into the mic while strumming guitar and the camera jumps between the men, who are in different studios but cranking out one mighty racquet together. It’s a catchy tune with an equally uplifting clip.
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