There may not be a Rolling Stones tour happening anytime soon (wonder if Mick is still pissed about Keef's "tiny togder" remark?) but for fans of The Stones frontman, musical satisfaction has been trickling in. Last week, at a press conference here in L.A., Sir Jagger announced his participation in a new global supergroup called Superheavy, also consisting of Damien Marley, Dave Stewart, Joss Stone and AR Rahman.
The video for the first single, titled "Miracle Worker," has reportedly already been shot and may be unveiled as soon as this week. The song, a soul-infused reggae jam is available for pre-order via MickJagger.com.
MJ's new band isn't the only thing that's kept the lippy rock icon on the forefront of pop culture. In fact, he's called out on two hot singles, both associated with TV singing competitions, neither being American Idol. AI judge Steven Tyler did admit to pretending to be Jagger before he was famous in his autobiography this year, though.
Clearly, Mick takes a lickin' and keeps on tickin' (tokin'?) as a musical inspiration. Here, Five Songs About and/or Referring to The Rolling Stones' Frontman ... Maybe:
5. Swagger Jagger- Cher Lloyd
Getting tons of Rebecca Black "Friday"-like buzz for being one of the most hated videos/songs on YouTube, this one makes "Tik Tok" (below) look like a masterpiece by comparison. The cringe-worthy tune meshes the melody of "Oh My Darling Clementine" with Pon de Flor-style rhythms and horns. But is it about Mick? The X Factor UK contestant says it's about "jacking style," but it's hard to believe their wasn't an intentional double meaning using Jagger instead of jacker. Plus, it rips off, eh, jacks/jags Ke$ha's sound, so why not her taste in men too?
4. Tik Tok- Ke$ha
Wow, this really almost seems cool after the one above, doesn't it?
MJ lyric: "And now, the dudes are lining up cause they hear we got swagger
But we kick em to the curb unless they look like Mick Jagger."
3. Moves Like Jagger- Maroon 5 and Christina Aguilera
The Voice may be an American Idol rip off, but they've taken the pimp-your-pop model to a whole other level, racking up iTunes sales for contestants and judges alike. This track is actually quite catchy, and as someone who experienced Mick's "moves" first hand (remember the duet in Scorcese's "Shine A Light?"), Xtina crooning about 'em makes sense, and Adam Levine more than holds his own on lead vox. After watching this and fellow Voice-r Ceelo Green's original "Fuck You" video, we think every clip should just be dancing lyrics at this point.
MJ lyric: "Take me by the tongue and I'll know you/Kiss me 'til you're drunk and I'll show you/All the moves like Jagger"
2. Horses and High Heels- Marianne Faithfull
Mick's former flame is back with this splendid new collection of covers and originals. Standout original tracks "Why Did We Have To Part?" and "Eternity" have made some speculate the songs are about about Mick (or Keith). Faithfull's interviews on the subject suggest the former is about one of her husbands, not Jagger, but she does sample Brian Jones' guitar in the latter, and the Horses reference is obviously meant to remind fans of her contribution to the Stones songbook. (Mick got the "Wild Horses" chorus from something Faithfull famously said on her sick bed).