Scrappy young up and comers, Mick Jagger and Dave Grohl, have teamed up for the most 2021 lockdown songs of all, ‘Eazy Sleazy’.
With a non-stop barrage of modern cultural references that are so of the moment that the song is already doomed to become archaic in two weeks, ‘Eazy Sleazy’ manages to shoehorn in references to everything from TikTok to Zoom in just under four minutes. Grohl’s assertion that the tune is destined to be “the song of the summer” is quite wishful thinking indeed.
Sometimes the lyrics come off as though Jagger is trying to beat Van Morrison at his own ignorant game. “Shooting the vaccine/Bill Gates in my bloodstream/It’s mind control, the earth is flat/and cold it’s never warming up”. Thankfully, it seems that Jagger is simply taking the piss out of those who pedal conspiracies and blow hot air into the wind with as much forethought as a wet fart. An interview with Rolling Stone Magazine seems to confirm as much, so feel free to put away your pitchforks and torches and rejoice that Jagger hasn’t become the new Ian Brown.
Sir Mick has never been one to shy away from commenting on modern trends. He was actually ahead of the curve when the Stones released ‘Living in a Ghost Town’ at this time last year. That tune still had some classic Stones swagger and sway to it, but the same can’t be said for ‘Eazy Sleazy’, which lumbers and fumbles over itself as it tries to sell a vision of rock and roll that hasn’t been relevant or relatable for decades. You really have to wonder if Jagger is tempting fate by ending the song with the line: “It’ll be a memory you’re trying to remember to forget”.
So here is the narrative that we all know well at this point: Mick Jagger is perpetually scared of irrelevance and overcompensates by embracing lyrical themes that are the complete opposite of timeless. ‘Street Fighting Man’, this commentary is not. Meanwhile, Dave Grohl is so at home with his dad rock persona that he limps along with anything that Jagger says is a good idea, ready and willing to provide power chords that couldn’t even upset your grandmother.
But does any of that really matter? Shouldn’t we just be happy that someone like Jagger, who could easily give a big two finger salute to the music industry and continue having kids with much younger women as his day job, feels the desire to keep putting out new songs? Isn’t it cool that he can call up Dave Grohl and get him to provide the entire backing track for his lockdown anthem? Yes, the music nerd inside of me thinks it is very cool, and covering a nearly 80-year-old man at the New Music desk is quite a delight. As someone of the younger generation who has idolised both Jagger and Grohl, I can say without a doubt that I am happy ‘Eazy Sleazy’ exists, I am happy that these two gigantic rock stars can pair up for a tune, and this will be the last time I ever listen to ‘Eazy Sleazy’.
Check out the video for ‘Eazy Sleazy’ down below.