Monday, August 19, 2013

Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs Go Back to the '80s!

Foreshadowing: Sid 'n' Susie strike a '90s pose?

Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs' beloved covers project -- Sid 'n' Susie -- are back with a third album, this time focusing on the 1980s. I have to admit that I was far more apprehensive about this one than I was the '60s and '70s collections -- the '80s are yours, mine and theirs, after all -- but after hearing their sparkling take on the Go-Go's finest moment, "Our Lips Are Sealed," I'm starting to get giddy about a lineup that also includes R.E.M.'s "Sitting Still," the Pretenders' "Kid," Kirsty MacColl's "They Don't Know" and the English Beat's "Save It for Later." :

"Under the Covers, Vol. 3" will be out Nov. 12 on Shout! Factory. Listen to "Our Lips Are Sealed" HERE.

The full track list for "Under the Covers, Vol. 3" includes:
1.      Sitting Still (R.E.M.)
2.      Girls Talk (Dave Edmunds)
3.      Big Brown Eyes (The dB's)
4.      Kid (Pretenders)
5.      Free Fallin’ (Tom Petty)
6.      Save It For Later (The English Beat)
7.      They Don’t Know (Kirsty MacColl)
8.      The Bulrushes (The Bongos)
9.      Our Lips Are Sealed (The Go-Go’s)
10.   How Soon Is Now (The Smiths)
11.   More Than This (Roxy Music)
12.   Towers of London (XTC)
13.   Killing Moon (Echo and the Bunnymen)
14.   Trouble (Lindsey Buckingham)
Bonus Tracks on iTunes Deluxe Version:
* Train in Vain (the Clash)
* You’re My Favorite Waste of Time (Marshall Crenshaw)
* I Would Die 4 U (Prince)


Blobby said...

I liked (for the most part) vol 1. I think vol 2. ranks up with my worst owned cd ever - and that's saying something.

When vol 3 comes out, I'll sample it, but no longer rush to purchase.

I joked long ago that if they made an 80's version they'd just start rerecording their own music.

Kenneth M. Walsh said...

Wow, can't imagine anyone feeling this way. "Go All the Way," "Couldn't I Just Tell You" and "Here Comes My Girl" all come to mind as fantastic.

Blobby said...

I tried listening multiple times thinking especially "Peace Love and Understanding", and "Go All the Way" should really work. ...but they didn't.

...and "Killer Queen" and " You're So Vain" were just nails in the coffin.

I think the stuff they did best on vol 1 was the lesser known material. I think it's VERY difficult for anyone to cover classics. It rarely works for any artist.