Mick Jagger has just released two new singles, ‘England Lost’ and ‘Gotta Get A Grip’. Both songs are fiercely political – not often a feature of Mick’s songs.
Jagger says the songs were about the “anxiety [and] unknowability of the changing political situation. … We obviously have a lot of problems. So am I politically optimistic? No.”
“It’s about the unknowability about where you are and the feeling of insecurity,” Jagger explains. “That’s how I was feeling when I was writing. It’s obviously got a fair amount of humor 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.”
Despite the two tunes, there isn’t an album coming. “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,” he says.
Listen to both songs, below.