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Mick Jagger and Dave Grohl's "Eazy Sleazy" is 2021's "Imagine 2.0"

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It’s been a bit over a year since Gal Gadot cursed us with her star-studded and deeply cringey cover of John Lennon’s “Imagine.” You’d think that the backlash to that video would’ve made celebrities think twice about making more corny COVID-19 pandemic-related music, but Mick Jagger and Dave Grohl (they’re friends, apparently) collaborated on a song, “Eazy Sleazy,” about how tough it’s been to sit through quarantine—never mind that they’re both super rich guys who managed to stay healthy throughout the whole thing.

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“Eazy Sleazy” sounds like a fake Rolling Stones track; the whole thing feels like an SNL parody of a Stones song that had to be cut for time. But hey, at least they’re having fun.

“It’s a song that I wrote about coming out of lockdown, with some much needed optimism. Thanks to Dave Grohl for jumping on drums, bass and guitar, it was a lot of fun working with him,” Jagger says in a statement. “It’s hard to put into words what recording this song with Sir Mick means to me,”adds Grohl. “It’s beyond a dream come true. Just when I thought life couldn’t get any crazier……and it’s the song of the summer, without a doubt!!” [Like the song’s rhythm section, the punctuation is all Grohl.—Ed.]

You can say the lyrics are tongue-in-cheek, but these are unfortunately real words Mick Jagger is singing about the pandemic:

  • “Cancel all the tours/Football’s fake applause”
  • “No more travel brochures/Virtual premieres, I’ve got nothing left to wear”
  • “Looking out from these prison walls/You got to rob Peter if you’re paying Paul”
  • “That’s a pretty mask/But never take a chance/TikTok stupid dance/Took a samba class”
  • “I landed on my ass/Trying to write a tune/You better hook me up to Zoom”
  • “Way too much TV/ It’s lobotomizing me”
  • “We’ll escape from these prison walls/Open the windows and open the doors”
  • “Shooting the vaccine/ Bill Gates is in my bloodstream/It’s mind control/The Earth is flat and cold”

Okay, so that last one is obviously facetious, but enough is enough. We’re near the finish line, guys! Please spare us from further embarrassment.