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Gotta Get a Grip (Mick Jagger song)

"Gotta Get a Grip" / "England Lost" is a double A-sided single[1] by the English singer and songwriter and Rolling Stones frontman, Mick Jagger. The single was announced and subsequently released on 27 July 2017 along with accompanying music videos,[2][3] one day after the singer turned 74.[4] According to Jagger, the songs were written in April 2017 as a response to what he called the "confusion and frustration with the times we live in."[2][5] According to the same statement by Jagger, which was released on the same day, the song describes the "anxiety, unknowability of the changing political situation" in a post-Brexit UK.[6] The songs are the first solo-material that Jagger has released since Goddess In the Doorway was released in 2001.[6]

"Gotta Get A Grip" / "England Lost"
Single by Mick Jagger
Released2017
FormatDigital download, Vinyl record, Compact Disc
Recorded2017
GenreRock
Length4:05
LabelInterscope / Polydor
Songwriter(s)Mick Jagger, Matt Clifford
Producer(s)Mick Jagger, Matt Clifford
Mick Jagger singles chronology
"Old Habits Die Hard"
(2004)
"Gotta Get A Grip" / "England Lost"
(2017)

Contents

WritingEdit

In a statement coinciding with the release of "Gotta Get a Grip" and "England Lost", Jagger stated "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". Jagger also stated that he did not wait to release these songs as part of an album due to wanting to release the two songs as soon as possible.[2][7][8]

The Los Angeles Times stated that the production of the songs were "resolutely modern," using "programmed drums and clanging guitar noise."[6]

ReceptionEdit

The song has been called "politically charged" by multiple publications, including Rolling Stone, Los Angeles Times[6] and NME.[2] Uncut stated that "Gotta Get A Grip" has a "slower groove" than "England Lost", saying that it is powered by a "mighty, rolling riff" similar to the riff in the Stones' song, "Start Me Up"."[9] The single reached number 2 on Billboard's Singles Sales chart.[10]

ChartsEdit

Chart (2017)

"Gotta Get A Grip"

Peak
position
France (SNEP)[11] 49
Mexico Ingles Airplay (Billboard)[12] 30
Hot Singles Sales (Billboard)[13] 2
Chart (2017)

"England Lost"

Peak
position
France (SNEP)[14] 114
Mexico Ingles Airplay (Billboard)[15] 38
Twitter Top Tracks (Billboard)[16] 44

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Mick Jagger Official Store".
  2. ^ a b c d "Mick Jagger Gets Political, Addresses U.K. 'Anxiety' on Two New Songs". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2017-07-28.
  3. ^ "Mick Jagger releases 2 tracks in new audio-visual project". Daily Herald. Retrieved 2017-07-28.
  4. ^ "Reviewed: Mick Jagger's "England Lost" and "Gotta Get A Grip" - Uncut". Uncut. 2017-07-27. Retrieved 2017-07-28.
  5. ^ Reil, Maxwell. "Colbert's Trump cartoon to air on Showtime". Press of Atlantic City. Retrieved 2017-07-28.
  6. ^ a b c d "Today in Entertainment: Kesha finds redemption in new song; news from TCA press tour". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2017-07-28.
  7. ^ "Mick Jagger Drops a Pair of Politically Charged Songs and Videos: 'We Obviously Have a Lot of Problems'". People.com. 2017-07-27. Retrieved 2017-07-28.
  8. ^ "Mick Jagger shares two new tracks, including the Skepta-featuring 'England Lost'". NME. 2017-07-27. Retrieved 2017-07-28.
  9. ^ "Reviewed: Mick Jagger's "England Lost" and "Gotta Get A Grip" - Uncut". Uncut. 2017-07-27. Retrieved 2017-07-28.
  10. ^ "Reviewed: Billboard Hot Singles Sales". Billboard. 2017-08-29. Retrieved 2017-08-08.
  11. ^ "Classement officiel des ventes de singles & titres en France" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved 5 August 2017.
  12. ^ "Mexico Ingles Airplay". Billboard.
  13. ^ "Hot Singles Sales". Billboard.
  14. ^ "Classement officiel des ventes de singles & titres en France" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved 5 August 2017.
  15. ^ "Mexico Ingles Airplay". Billboard.
  16. ^ "Twitter Top Tracks". Billboard.

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