Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs bring the 80s back with "Under The Covers"

Drew Reynolds

Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs will release Volume 3 of their Under The Covers series, this time focusing on the 80s. The new album will be out November 12.

You can listen to them covering Susanna Hoffs' nemesis' song, "Our Lips Are Sealed",  HERE.

Check out their Billboard interview here:

After taking on the '60s and '70s with the first two volumes of "Under the Covers" series, Susanna Hoffs and Matthew Sweet -- aka Sid & Susie -- hit the 80s with "Under the Covers, Vol. 3," which comes out Nov. 12 on Shout! Factory. 
"We were surprised when they put a 'Vol. 1' on the 60s album, so we just keep going with it," Hoffs tells Billboard. "Every time we enter a new decade we're always sort of excited and surprised to discover how much fun it is to revisit the music and the decade and the context of it all."
Unlike the first two "Under the Covers," however, "Vol. 3" represents a decade Hoffs and Sweet have a more direct connection with -- Hoffs via the Bangles, which formed during 1981, and Sweet as a high school music aficionado during the first half of the decade before moving to Athens, Ga., and releasing his first album, "Inside," in 1986. "It was a little different for both of us," Sweet explains, "but there was a lot of important stuff going on. There was American stuff that was vibrant and new and about to move from college radio and create a whole new format called Alternative Rock. And there was an incredible continuing influence of just amazingly creative English groups coming in, like XTC and Echo & the Bunnymen. A lot of those groups actually started recording in the 70s and we thought about them for ('Vol. 2'), but we couldn't fit them on there."
"Under the Covers, Vol. 3" cuts a wide swath through all that music, from Britain (Roxy Music, Dave Edmunds, the Smiths, the English Beat) to California (Tom Petty's "Free Fallin'," Lindsey Buckingham's "Trouble") and even tapping underground favorites such as The Bongs ("The Bulrushes") and the dB's ("Big Brown Eyes"). The duo did, however, make what Sweet calls "a conscious decision" not to put a Bangles song on the collection. 
"We talked about it a long time," Sweet says, though Hoffs notes that "when we were out on our tour for ('Vol. 2') we were already starting to bounce around ideas for the 80s, and I said that if we did a Bangles song, (Sweet) would have to sing it." "I would've loved to have sung something by the Bangles, but I just didn't want to ruin it," Sweet adds with a laugh. "We just figured it was best if we didn't try it."
They do, however, cover the Go-Go's "Our Lips Are Sealed," which Hoffs says was appropriate for her particular 80s experience.

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