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Jagger, Stewart team up for ‘Alfie’

Musicians are longtime friends, collaborators
/ Source: The Associated Press

What’s it all about? Ask Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger and Eurythmics co-founder Dave Stewart, who wrote and performed the soundtrack to the upcoming “Alfie” remake, and they’ll probably say teamwork.

“We have been really good friends for a long time now. We write songs together very quickly, and we have a lot of fun doing it,” Jagger told Associated Press Television News about his relationship with Stewart. “We have written a lot of tunes. We have written a lot of tunes that don’t come out.”

The “Alfie” soundtrack will be in stores Oct. 19. Songs on the album include “Old Habits Die Hard,” “Wicked Time” with teen soul star Joss Stone and rapper Nadz, and the bluesy “Blind Leading the Blind.”

“I think the ‘Blind Leading the Blind’ fits into the movie best because it is the most important one in the most pivotal scene,” said Jagger. “For that it has to work well. And I think that that song works best in that scene.”

The soundtrack also includes Stone performing the Burt Bacharach-Hal David classic “Alfie.”

“She’s got a lovely voice,” Jagger told APTN about 17-year-old Stone. “She seems to have a lot more fluidity than on her debut album. She has a very fluid voice. Seems to have gotten a lot better.”

“Alfie,” which opens Oct. 22, is a remake of the 1966 classic of the same name. Jude Law fills the title character’s philandering shoes, worn by Michael Caine in the original. Susan Sarandon and Marisa Tomei also star.