XWHY MUSIC: Mick Jagger – England Lost
Well Mick Jagger has confirmed that he’s still alive by releasing a new track called “England Lost”. It’s taken me a while to post about it purely because I was in a state of confusion. I’ve spent the last few days struggling with the following key things:
1. The Video
The video stars the ruggedly handsome Luke Evans (the latest man to be touted as the next bond) and a host of extras employed because of their seemingly generic Englishness. Evans makes it watchable but I can’t really sugar coat this, the video is essentially a Uni students attempt at an art house short film that is trying to cram in as much symbolism, hidden meaning, and guff as possible in a 5-minute window. The one positive is that it’s shot in black and white so, it kind of looks pretty. kind of.
Now I’m a Skepta fan. I’m not saying I was there when he first left the decks behind and tried his hand at MCing but I’m certainly not one of the new wave Skepta fans typified by a supreme t-shirt and over the shoulder bags. So for me I feel I’ve seen Skepta do it all genrewise. From the Poptastic “Cross My Heart” ft. Preeya Kalidas, to stripped back grime tracks like “Reflecting” to the American influenced “Ladies Hit Squad” ft. A$AP Nast. With each of those Skepta has managed to retain whatever magic it is that makes him such a musical enigma/genius.
With this track however…Well, the track ends up sounding like a modern day version of “World in Motion” with Skeppy deftly filling the John Barnes role. Now I understand why Skepta did it though. When Mick Jagger, a legend in the UK music scene asks you for a feature, you don’t really care if the track is any good. Just to be on a track with music royalty is something to tell the grand-kids about and make the parents proud. In fact, I’m pretty damn proud of him myself.
3. The Song
I get that it’s a Brexit song crossed with a footy anthem, and I get that it’s a commentary on the modern England we live in filled with polarised political views and apathy. But primarily it’s a pop song first and political statement second. and on the pop side of things, I’m sold.
By this point hopefully you’ve listened to the song twice in the two videos above. I put myself through listening to it several more times that. So much so that I began to like it. I guess that is the power of a pop song and an old rocker.