Blondie has a history of churning out quality covers, but they tend to select songs by ’70s peers. David Bowie, T. Rex, and the Nerves have all enjoyed the Blondie treatment, but the band’s latest foray offers a very different choice of source material. It’s Beirut, the world-folk band beloved by indie fans but still well under the mainstream radar. Blondie gives Beirut a push towards a potentially wider audience by covering “A Sunday Smile” on their new album Panic of Girls.
Originally on 2007’s The Flying Cup Club, “A Sunday Smile” gets an unexpectedly groovy treatment, finding the balance between pop and world in a Graceland-esque groove. Debbie Harry lingers on the words while the band joyously swings along. The pairing may be odd, but the fit is perfect. Check it out below. (via Pitchfork)
Blondie – A Sunday Smile (Beirut cover)
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