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When Queens of the Stone Age took a break in 2009, bass player Michael Shuman wasted no time finding a new musical endeavor. Shuman called up a few Los Angeles buddies and psychedelic pop trio Mini Mansions was born.
Mini Mansions released a nine-song EP in 2009 and are now gearing up for the release of their self-titled debut on November 2. The vinyl version of the album’s lead single “Monk” features a B-side cover of Blondie‘s 1979 new-wave smash “Heart of Glass.” Shuman told us about why he chose the tune:
I wanted to do a song that a girl sang, cause we sing like girls. And “Heart of Glass” is such a classic song that it would be interesting to hear a completely different twist on something so recognizable. It is such a great pop song, but also was a transition track for Blondie, heading into the dancy/disco world. Rather than aping the glitzy, strobed, cocaine persona, I wanted to take it to more of a Nico level. So we put our finger on the turntable and slowed it down to a nice 20 mph speed. Lyrically, it’s kind of a downer, and I think our take on it fits perfectly. Although we take no credit for the composition, it now feels like just another Mini Mansions song. Sometimes I forget we didn’t write it.
Check out their cover and see what you think!
To celebrate the group’s album debut – and also Cover Me’s third birthday – we’re giving away two copies of the 7″ single bundled with the full Mini Mansions CD. This 7″ is the only place to hear the cover (other than above, that is, but it sounds even better on purple wax). How do you win? It’s simple! Just comment on this post below telling us your name, e-mail address, and favorite new wave song. The deadline for entry is Friday, November 5. Contest closed.
While you wait to see if you’ve won, check out more from Mini Mansions on MySpace!