Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Song of the Day: 'The Only Thing' by Travis (featuring Susanna Hoffs)

I'd never heard of the Scottish band Travis before. But I'm OK with anyone who wants to work with Bangles beauty Susanna Hoffs. The song is apparently the fourth the band has shared from their forthcoming album "10 Songs," having previously released the tracks "Valentine," "A Ghost" and "Kissing in the Wind.") 

Frontman Fran Healy told NME of the new video: “This is definitely my Covideo. One of the main prerequisites was to somehow get us all on the same stage and try to capture the spontaneity of a duet while the performers are in different locations.

“Leading up to the shoot, I would send Susanna a video of a great duet. ‘Summer Wine,’ ‘I Got You Babe,’ ‘Islands In The Stream. I hired a small film crew and persuaded Glasgow’s Theatre Royal to open its doors to us. I directed the shoot remotely, via three phones. One in the DP’s ear, one FaceTime trained on the monitor and one iPhone with the band. There were so many moving parts. I’m amazed we got there and it turned out great.”

Susanna seems a little embarrassed by the whole thing, but this is cute.

Learn more HERE.

And speaking of video finds: Over the weekend I discovered the "I.R.S. Presents the Cutting Edge" episode from MTV when the Bangles filled in for host Peter Zaremba of the Fleshtones. It's totally adorable. And how surprised was I to see in the credits that it was directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, the husband-wife team behind "Little Miss Sunshine" and, more importantly, "Battle of the Sexes." Damian and I actually met them at a Q&A and how I wish I could go back to ask them about this old MTV show.

This, of course, got me all the more excited about the upcoming documentary about I.R.S. Records, home to nearly all the coolest new wave bands, including the Go-Go's, R.E.M., the English Beat, Wall of Voodoo and the Alarm. to Watch the trailer HERE.

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