Mick Jagger's new song is out now.
Titled "Strange Game," he co-wrote it with Academy Award-nominated film composer Daniel Pemberton for the new Apple Original series, Slow Horses, which premieres today (Friday).
“Out of the blue, I got an email from a guy I didn’t know, Daniel Pemberton,” Jagger tells Rolling Stone “I’d heard of him, because he’d done quite a lot of TV and film music, English guy, and he’d gotten a lot of kudos [and] nominations for awards. He said, ‘Would you be interested in doing this TV theme?’ I’m always up for doing something different.”
"Working with Mick Jagger has been one of the most exciting collaborations of my professional career," says Pemberton. "I think we have managed to create an incredibly unique and original titles theme and I cannot wait for the rest of the world to hear it.”
Series director James Hawes adds: “We always wanted a song to set the tone for the show and there was only ever one name in my mind - Mick Jagger. Hearing the track for the first time was utterly thrilling. Mick’s lyrics and performance have totally nailed the mood of Slow Horses, with all the humor and swagger I dreamed of."
Based on a series of books by Mick Herron, Slow Horses follows a team of British intelligence agents who serve in a dumping ground department of MI5 – Slough House on the outskirts of London.
“They’re kind of a new take on spy stories,” says Jagger. “It’s sort of an anti–John le Carré or anti–James Bond. … I’ve always liked that genre, and it’s always nice to see it get slightly reinvented.”
As for Pemberton’s music, Jagger says, “It’s got a slight Kurt Weill vibe to it, but it’s still kind of bluesy without being a blues. It’s not my usual kind of thing; it kind of is and isn’t.”
Gary Oldman stars as Jackson Lamb, the leader of the spies who end up in Slough House due to their career ending mistakes. The six-part series also stars Kristen Scott Thomas, Jonathan Pryce, Olivia Cook and Jack Lowden.
Jagger's last solo release was the song "Eazy Sleazy" last year with Dave Grohl on drums. His last album was 2001's Goddess in the Doorway.