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SuperHeavy are a rock supergroup comprising Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger, Eurythmics founder Dave Stewart
, white soul singer-songwriter Joss Stone, Indian musician and producer A.R. Rahman and reggae artist Damian Marley. The band came together after Jagger and Stewart wondered what a band of musicians from different genres would sound like. The band's formation was announced on May 20, 2011. This straight-up reggae tune is their debut single.
At a pre-release listening at the Jim Henson Studios in Los Angeles, Jagger explained the quintet entered the studio with "ideas, a few guitar riffs and a few snippets of lyrics." He added, "It's not my usual sort of way of working. You always want to leave some room for improvisation, but you need to have something, some songs, when you walk into the studio.It evolved very quickly. We sat around with our little pads (writing). We did do a lot of jams but it's all coherent and arranged. We just wrote them quickly." In fact they wrote 29 songs in ten days together.
Jagger and Stewart are friends and they previously worked together on the soundtrack to the 2004 film Alfie, whilst Stewart produced Stone's LP1 album. Marley joined up with his rhythm section when it was decided they wanted a Jamaican musician and the quartet met Rahman while recording in Los Angeles. "We didn't know what the hell we were doing," said Stewart to Rolling Stone. "We were just jamming and making a noise. It was like when a band first starts up in your garage. Sometimes Damien would kick it off and then Joss would sing something on top of it. We might have a 22 minute jam, and it would become a six minute song."
The band's name came about after Damian Marley started riffing the term "SuperHeavy," inspired by Muhammad Ali being the Super Heavyweight champion of the world, and the phrase became the band's catchphrase. "It was Mick who said, 'Why don't we call it SuperHeavy?", recalled Stewart, "We all thought about it for ages and then it sort of stuck."