Mick Jagger has unveiled a surprise new one-off instant release featuring Dave Grohl. “Eazy Sleazy,” written very recently by Jagger, is a hard-rocking collaboration between the stars with Mick on vocals and guitar and the Foo Fighters’ frontman on guitar, bass and drums.
“Eazy Sleazy,” produced by Jagger’s longtime collaborator Matt Clifford, is available via Mick’s YouTube channel and social platforms. A performance video, released simultaneously, features Jagger and Grohl in their respective home studios and captures the pure, “DIY” energy of the song.
The new track is Jagger’s first solo release since the double A-sided single “Gotta Get a Grip”/“England Lost” in July 2017. His catalog of solo albums first released between 1985 and 2001 (She’s The Boss, Primitive Cool, Wandering Spirit and Goddess In The Doorway) was reissued in heavyweight 180 gram black vinyl editions in late 2019.
He wrote “Eazy Sleazy” as a wry observation on the lockdown conditions that have engulfed the world during a year of coronavirus. Its darkly humorous lyrics make references to Zoom calls with “poncey books” on display, “prison walls,” “virtual premieres,” and “football’s fake applause.”
He also talks in the verses about taking a samba class (“I landed on my ass”), teaching himself to cook, cleaning the kitchen sink and how “way too much TV [is] lobotomizing me.” The choruses of the song look to a much brighter future for the world, with images of a “garden of earthly delights” and the prospect that soon, as Jagger sings, the pandemic will be “a memory you’re trying to remember to forget.”
“It’s a song that I wrote about coming out of lockdown, with some much needed optimism,” says Jagger in a press statement. “Thanks to Dave Grohl for jumping on drums, bass and guitar, it was a lot of fun working with him. Hope you all enjoy ‘Eazy Sleazy’.”