For Grohl and Jagger,COVID presented this chance to work together remotely. As the interviewer points out, the verses are dark and funny, “Shooting the vaccine. Bill Gates is in my bloodstream…” while the chorus promises the Roaring 20s. And, it’s weirdly catchy.
Verses about anti-vaxxers, conspiracy theories, children scarred, and how terrible Zoom is, and then a chorus about how much fun we’ll have when, like the roaring 20s, every is “easy sleazy” again. Good commentary that feels about right to me. (Grohl seems to have conveniently forgotten how he advocated from stage as an AIDS denier last time around. I guess it’s a step in the direction of making up for that. I fear the reality is that he is actually oblivious. )
I’m among the people who can’t imagine anyone wouldn’t want “moves like Jagger,” which doesn’t mean his talent, longevity, energy are freakish. Doing this pandemic song in this “punk” style means it’s forgiving musically, but weirdly makes it really accessible. By extension this also menas that this I-am-expressing-my-angry-feelings-in-a-acceptable-masculine-or-alienated “punk” style officially and as “dead” as well disco. And honestly do we care if they’re turning in their graves? Blondie did a Christmas song not too long ago and made Little Drummer Boy sound a lot like this, trying to displace Mariah. Mick uses it well to call out the crazies.
Read the Rolling Stone interview about the Jagger Covid song. it’s pretty great. Clear eyed, and unafraid of calling out the truth than many here. Thanks for all of it.
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@TaylorSwift13 ’s Fearless (Taylor’s Version)
If a Jagger COVID tune was a nice taste, this sounds better than i remember and we’re clearly not the only ones.
A 13 year old re-recorded album that had already sold 18M+ is the biggest album debut of 2021 on @spotify with 50M+ streams.
Get it on your music service at the link and/or play it now with the Spotify playlist
Now features From The Vault bonus tracks and a Remix! #FearlessTaylorsVersion