All hail Mick's hips. At 68, Michael Philip Jagger is the hottest — or at least the oldest — sex symbol of the summer.
Not one, but two current radio hits celebrate the wiry, wiggly, prominently lipped Rolling Stones front man: British pop singer Cher Lloyd's Swagger Jagger and L.A. neo-disco band Maroon 5's Moves Like Jagger.
Lloyd's song, a No. 1 hit in the U.K. and now making noise here, is a bratty ego stroke that honors its namesake in vaingloriousness only: Swagger jagger, swagger jagger / You should get some of your own. Maroon 5's smash, which features a song-closing cameo by Christina Aguilera, is a frisky distillation of Stonesian seduction, all the way down to that famous icon: Take me by the tongue and I'll know you.
What kick-started Mick Fever? Not sure, but you might want to credit the ubiquitous electro smirk of Ke$ha's 2009 hit TiK ToK and its cool shoutout to that older, swivel-waisted hunk: And now the dudes are lining up 'cuz they hear we got swagger / But we kick 'em to the curb unless they look like Mick Jagger.
According to Maroon 5 front man Adam Levine, Jagger has been supportive of the band's song, including offering vintage performance clips for the slick music video, which also features models busting out patented Mick moves: the puffed-chest rooster strut, the cocked-hip thrust, the sassy finger wag.
All of this free hype comes at a good time for the rock icon, who turned 68 last month. The Brit could use a PR boost after longtime band mate Keith Richards' Life autobio slammed the singer for being a pompous stiff. Plus, in September, Jagger will launch his latest project, a supergroup called SuperHeavy that features Joss Stone and Damian Marley.
Although Mick needs zero help in the esteem department, it's still nice to see the senior citizen get a lil' modern love. With the exception of Elvis and James Brown, no one has worked a stage like Jagger.
By the way, these aren't the first hits to honor Mick … or are they? Carly Simon's 1972 slam, You're So Vain, for which Jagger contributed vocals, has been forever linked to ex-paramour Warren Beatty. But there have always been Hollywood whispers that she was actually singing right at Jagger, who probably — and maybe rightfully — thinks the song is about him. With his swagger and moves, why wouldn't he?
Sean Daly can be reached at [email protected] or (727) 893-8467. His Pop Life blog is at tampabay.com/blogs/poplife.