The Rolling Stones wrote the rulebook on the do’s and don’ts that any rock band who dreams of filling up stadiums needs to follow. If they ever want to fulfil their wild aspirations then paying attention to Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and the rest of the band is essential. While Foo Fighters aren’t cut from identical cloth to The Stones, Dave Grohl pays tribute to the band on one classic track.
Infamously, Grohl linked up with Mick Jagger for the bizarre collaboration, ‘Eazy Sleazy’, which is far from both men’s finest hour. Although the track was carried out in a lighthearted manner, it’s still quite unbelievable that the esteemed duo decided that the song was of a required quality to release.
Jagger had nothing but superlatives to say about the experience of working with the Foo’s frontman and told the BBC that it was a “fun… really easy” process. As soon as he sent the song over to the former Nirvana drummer, he was on board.
“He said ‘going in tomorrow. Love it’. So he just did that straightaway,” Jagger recalled to the same broadcaster. Furthermore, he even said Grohl’s “definite personality comes through” in his drumming style, and from someone that worked with Charlie Watts for close to 60-years, that’s high praise indeed.
However, it’s no surprise that Grohl didn’t dare to tell Jagger that it’s a cringe-fest of a song, as he simply couldn’t have lived with himself if he turned down a collaboration with the leader of The Rolling Stones.
After all, The Stones have been with him since the start, and they even played a pivotal part in making sure that one of his earliest performances would make Grohl wince in shame until he draws his final breath.
Reminiscing about a band he played in during his school days, Grohl once remembered to Kerrang, “We played at a nursing home once! I think it was something we did for extra credit at school, because all of the people in the band were my classmates.
“We were fucking 12 or 13 years old. There’s a lot of jokes you could make about the audience being dead, but for us, it was fucking hilarious. We were playing to people that were in their 90s, y’know? And we played ‘Time Is On My Side’ [by The Rolling Stones] – we didn’t realise the comedy or irony in playing it!”
Foo Fighters’ 1999 album, There Is Nothing Left to Lose, featured ‘Headwires’ which breaths life and sparks up the release despite it not being a single. Later speaking about the track, Grohl commented, “This song is a tribute to the Rolling Stones Tattoo You.”
‘Headwires’ has a subtle slickness and exhibits a groove that The Stones would be proud of. Yet, it doesn’t completely slip into Tattoo You territory as Grohl injects the effort with a trademark Foo’s chorus that it’s hard to imagine Jagger belting out; however, the influence does radiate through, and it’s a fitting tribute.