But if you try some twenty years later, you just might find that you get another hit song. Fracking gets a mention in the Stones’ new single Doom and Gloom, released ahead of their forthcoming greatest hits album GRRR!. But it’s not so much of a comment on the most popular form of gas and oil drilling, as it is part of a long list of doomy and gloomy things Mick Jagger croons on about including drunken airplane passengers, Louisiana zombies, and dark, lonely rooms. There’s no excuse, you have to have heard about fracking by now.
“Fracking deep for oil but there’s nothing in the sump, the kids are pickin’ at the garbage dump. I’m runnin’ out of water so I better prime the pump. I’m tryin’ to stay sober but I end up drunk.”
No surprises here, it sounds like every other Rolling Stones song you’ve ever heard, including the heart wrenching wail of adolescent male angst. Forget about fracking and dry, spent wells, the refrain reveals what it’s always about, getting the girl.
“I’m feelin’ kinda hurt, baby won’t you dance with me.” Oh yeah, and … “take a chance with me.” Groundbreaking stuff.