Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Sweet Gives Hint on Next 'Under the Covers'

If, like me, you thoroughly enjoyed the first two Matthew Sweet/Susanna Hoffs collaborations covering their favorite songs from the '60s and '70s, respectively, you might like this little nugget from an interview Sweet did recently with OnMilwaukee.com, of all places. We have known for quite a while that a third volume on the music of the '80s has been dancing (maybe even breakdancing, come to think of it) in the artists' heads, but I think this is the first time we have had a timetable and a list of bands they might be covering. Read on, straight from the home of Shotz Brewery:

OMC: Tell me about the album you're working on with Susanna Hoffs from the Bangles?

MS: It's our third album. We're starting to work on it this fall and hopefully it will come out next year. It will have '80s covers like "Standing Still" by REM. Also, The Pretenders, XTC, Marshall Crenshaw, Roxy Music, Squeeze. Maybe "How Soon Is Now" by The Smiths.

Let's just get passed the incorrect song title ("Sitting Still") from him for a second. Sweet and Hoffs have always done an inspired job selecting tunes for this series... Love, Velvet Underground, Zombies, Raspberries, and the list goes on... but, if the above comes to fruition, this one on the "Me Decade" would be without peer. If you don't have 'Under the Covers, Vol. 1' and 'Vol. 2,' it's a good time to catch up. Here is the duo's take on the Mike Nesmith tune I wrote about the other day:

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