Thursday, April 22nd, 2021

Mick Jagger with Dave Grohl – Eazy Sleazy

Lemon squeezy.


Ian Mathers: The sheer number of people involved in this on some level who apparently couldn’t or wouldn’t tell these two that literally nothing here works is just staggering.

Katie Gill: It feels a little disingenuous making a “don’t worry guys, things are gonna get better soon!” song when you still have countries that are dealing with COVID-19 surges and rising deaths due the pandemic. It also feels a little disingenuous to boil down all of 2020 to Tiktok and Zoom jokes, especially when there were moments of suffering and protest that even across the pond, Mick Jagger should definitely be aware of. What’s supposed to be this beacon of optimism instead comes off more like granddad being out of touch.

Jeffrey Brister: This is stupid, its misguidedness made more glaring by the fact that it’s being released at least six months past its relevance. What I find most offensive, though, is that it’s not even trying. Nothing witty, no zippy one-liners, just a rote recitation of the same old boomer bullshit. He doesn’t even have the courage to even try to actually offend! He’s just an old man taking a lazy stab at being topical and failing in the most boring way possible. I’m so tired.

Alfred Soto: Eliding the differences between irony and sincerity has kept Mick Jagger alive and pickled for a half century. Often the lack of clarity about what he parodies or whether it deserves parody gave an elan to his performances. I can’t tell whether he thinks too much time to cook, taking samba classes, or learning how to use Tik Tok (pronounced, according to Jagger, “Teh-TOAK”. Thanks, Mick!) are terrible things that he, a very rich person, was reduced to doing because he couldn’t tomcat around town after Brazilian models or whether he wishes we kept doing this busy work for the sake of communal safety. I doubt Mick Jagger thought these things through. In his defense, his loud electric rhythm guitar and Dave Grohl’s punctuative percussion compensate — are in fact the point of “Easy Sleazy.” But if, as he has explained many times, the words don’t matter, don’t telegraph them in the video. Even “Let’s Work” didn’t go that far.

Juana Giaimo: The music is too classic to be relevant today, but after a year of feel-good songs, I love that Mick Jagger is singing about how he tried taking a samba class snd landed on his ass. The roughness of his singing fits really good the “I feel I’m going insane” moment we’re living right now and honestly, it’s all more relatable than most singles about the pandemic.

Samson Savill de Jong: This sounds like a Foo Fighters song with Mick Jagger singing the lyrics. So literally exactly what you’d expect, with no surprises at all. Unfortunately it’s late era Foo Fighters and really late era Mick Jagger, so while it doesn’t sound terrible, it’s incredibly unengaging. Also the chorus doesn’t really make any sense, I feel like they only say “Easy Sleazy” because it rhymes but are they talking about now or the post pandemic future, and why are either of those things “sleazy”?? 

Edward Okulicz: Dave Grohl is still capable of playing 25 songs in a row at a concert. Mick Jagger sounds tired enough that I can really only make out two thirds of what he’s saying and I only comprehend about two thirds of that. It’s all just rhyme for the sake of it, from the word “sleazy” down. In the context of this song, what does “Gotta pay Peter if you’re robbing Paul” mean? What’s with that third verse about vaccines? Maybe much like we should stop giving oxygen to anti-vaxxers, even to satirise them which I believe is the intent here, we should stop giving attention to legacy artists unless they do something that stands on its own merits.

Scott Mildenhall: It’s useful for a national icon, long since counter-cultural, to remind listeners of their leader’s criminal negligence, but not hugely. The allusions to it are barely diversions from the blandest Radio 4 satire mind map devisable, where “causing thousands of deaths through incompetence and dogma” is worth as much as “that Zoom, eh?”. The conspiracy-themed verse shows the most conviction, but for an easier target. There’s nothing to hate about “Eazy Sleazy” — it is literally A Bit Of Fun — but its presumption that in the listener’s part of the world everyone will soon wake up to find it is 2012 again sums up that fun’s limits.

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3 Responses to “Mick Jagger with Dave Grohl – Eazy Sleazy”

  1. Mick Jagger hasn’t been a counter-cultural icon in living memory, particularly his living memory.

  2. (I’m assuming the nation is the US)

  3. The UK, but yeah, that’s what I meant. He’s an establishment figure taking weak shots at the establishment, and that’s about as subversive as this gets (not very).