Back in May, Mick Jagger announced the existence of a new supergroup called SuperHeavy, composed of himself, Dave Stewart of The Eurythmics, Joss Stone, Damien "Jr. Gong" Marley, and A.R. Rahman. The group had been jamming together since early 2009, and had kept it hush-hush. The band was the brainchild of Stewart, who had previously collaborated with Jagger and Stone and was looking to do a fusion thing with Indian orchestras.
Supergroups can be a tricky proposition; it worked for the Boston Celtics, but not for the Miami Heat. There's Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young and The Traveling Wilburys, and then there's Slash's Snakepit and Zwan. The Jay-Z/ Kanye collaboration has understandably been sucking up most of the musical-hype oxygen lately, but the SuperHeavy experiment is intriguing. The buzz has been mostly positive, with some saying it's more eclectic than electric.
The group's first video, for the upbeat "Miracle Worker," features Stone soulfully singing over a reggae groove, and Jagger as a witch doctor strutting and slinking around in a deafening pink get-up. The band members meet up at a stoop (reminiscent of the video for The Rolling Stones' "Waiting on a Friend") on their way to play a block-party concert. The danger with these supergroup projects is always that the idea may be more appealing than the execution, but we'll have to wait until September when the self-titled album is released to get a better idea.