Friday, June 17, 2011
Great cover: Blondie vs. Beirut
Usually, when a band records a cover song, it's to pay homage (or ride the success of) an older, more established act from a younger, newer musician. Not in this case.
I got my hands on the long-awaited new album from Blondie (it won't be released in the US until September, but was already released in the UK) and found track #8 to be "Sunday Smile." Well, that name sounded familiar, so I gave it a listen. It's definitely the Beirut song! True to what the best covers do, it is in a style unique to Blondie - the reggae-tinged pop they first exhibited on another cover way back in the '80s, "The Tide is High."
As a bonus, that's Beirut's Zach Condon on trumpet in the song!
This isn't the first collaborative cover from Blondie recently. In April, for Record Store Day, Debbie Harry released a cover of Franz Ferdinand's "Live Alone" with the band's lead singer, Alex Kapranos.