The Rolling Stones front-man has separated himself from the band for the first time in 55 years covering Britain’s vulnerability and “lunatic” leaders.
At the age of 74, 55 years after forming the legendary rock band Rolling Stones, singer Mick Jagger has released his first ever solo music. Coming at an interesting time for global politics, Jagger’s two new singles are inspired by Brexit and the current political sphere.
The two tracks launched by the 74-year-old singer are titled ‘England Lost’ and ‘Gotta Get A Grip’. Jagger says that the tracks were inspired by his “anxiety [and] unknowability of the changing political situation”. He said: “We obviously have a lot of problems. So am I politically optimistic? … No.”
The tracks are his first ever solo releases and his first recording without the Stones since 2011. He reveals that he wrote them in the past few months and admits that he rushed them out so that they were as relevant as they could be.
‘England Lost’ is told through the eyes of an English football fan which Jagger said represents the “feeling that we are in a difficult moment in our history”. The track features a number of notable lines, such as – “I think I’m losing my imagination / I’m tired of talking about immigration / You can’t get in and you can’t get out / I guess that’s what it’s really all about.”
Jagger said that whilst the song covers a serious topic that he feels strongly about, it isn’t meant to be taken too seriously. He said: “It’s obviously got a fair amount of humour because I don’t like anything too on the nose but it’s also got a sense of vulnerability of where we are as a country.”
‘Gotta Get A Grip’ is focused more on the wider world and it’s politics, with references to fake news and countries led by “lunatics and clowns”. Speaking on this song, he said “Despite all those things that are happening, you gotta get on with your own life, be yourself and attempt to create your own destiny.”
‘Gotta Get A Grip’ was released with 4 remixes by various artists and England Lost has an alternative, “reimagined” version featuring Skepta. Jagger said: “Right from the off when I started writing England Lost, I imagined having a British rapper on the track. Skepta stepped in at a moments notice.”
He continued: “It’s always refreshing to get creative in a different fashion and I feel a slight throwback to a time when you could be a bit more free and easy by recording on the hoof and putting it out there immediately. I didn’t want to wait until next year when these two tracks might lose any impact and mean nothing.”