As the world hobbles back to normal with the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines, Mick Jagger is out with a rocking new song about how much it sucked being home all year.
On “Eazy Sleazy,” the Rolling Stones frontman howls away, free-associating about “pretty masks” and Zoom — giving us lots to unpack. Like, what are poncey books? Does he ever wait to do the dishes in the morning, or can he just not go to bed until they’re done? And, is it too late to sign up for the online Samba class?
“It’s a song that I wrote about coming out of lockdown, with some much-needed optimism,” Jagger said in a statement. The song was produced by Max Clifford, who also produced Jagger’s pair of 2017 songs “Gotta Get a Grip” (with Tame Impala‘s Kevin Parker) and “England Lost.” And it was co-written with none other than Dave Grohl, who also plays drums, bass, and guitar on the song and in the fierce new lyric video.
“Eazy Sleazy” was Jagger’s way of putting his stamp on this year of collective misery. “You gotta put it out now because it’s not gonna be any good in three or six months,” Jagger told Rolling Stone. He said he was happy to collaborate with Grohl, but a little shocked to hear Grohl say he was “really bored,” after having just released the Foo Fighters’ 10th studio album, Medicine at Midnight, in February. “Dave likes it ’cause it rocks hard,” Jagger said in the interview. “I like to rock hard, too, so it feels good in that way.”
“It’s hard to put into words what recording this song with Sir Mick means to me,” Grohl said in a statement. “It’s beyond a dream come true. Just when I thought life couldn’t get any crazier.”
Grohl recently announced that his first autobiography, The Storyteller, will be out October 5, 2021, via Dey Street Books. Later this month, the documentary Grohl directed about touring in vans, called What Drives Us, will be available to stream on Coda Collection in the U.S. on April 30.
Watch the lyric video for “Eazy Sleazy” below.