Someone stop this trend now!
What sort of musical purgatory have we -- as a civilization -- been sentenced to? That's right. Another cover album of old-time hits is on the way. (Read Times critic Sean Daly's damning review of the latest Barry Manilow cover fiasco.) The accused criminal this time: The lovely, eye-shifting crooner Susanna Hoffs, formerly of the Bangles.
Hoffs has teamed with Matthew Sweet to record an album of 60s pop and rock classics. Dubbed "Under the Covers, Vol. 1," the CD will feature tunes from some of the hipper acts of the decade. You can read more and hear some of the music from the pair's MySpace site.
The CD is due out April 18. Here's the track list according to ChartAttack's website:
-- "I See The Rain" (The Marmalade)
-- "And Your Bird Can Sing" (The Beatles)
-- "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue" (Bob Dylan)
--"Who Knows Where The Time Goes?" (Fairport Convention)
--"Cinnamon Girl" (Neil Young And Crazy Horse)
--"Alone Again Or" (Love)
--"Warmth Of The Sun" (The Beach Boys)
--"Different Drum" (The Stone Poneys)
--"The Kids Are Alright" (The Who)
--"Sunday Morning" (The Velvet Underground)
--"Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere" (Neil Young And Crazy Horse)
--"Care Of Cell .44" (The Zombies)
--"Monday Monday" (The Mamas And The Papas)
--"She May Call You Up Tonight" (The Left Banke)
--"Run To Me" (The Bee Gees)
OK, so it's not the worst collection of tunes in cover-album history. (The version of Sunday Morning by The Velvet Underground is a bit too country-fried for my liking.) But if they think I'm some type of easy mark who's going to buy the CD just because of its provocative title or to see more photos of the lovely Hoffs ... then they'd be right.