Ah, the ’80s – a time when nearly every cult classic film birthed a popular, chart-topping hit. Such was the case with Fast Times at Ridgemont High and “Somebody’s Baby.” The soundtrack single came courtesy of folk rock singer/songwriter Jackson Browne and was one of the biggest hits of his career. Similarly folky (though slightly more indie) band The Wooden Birds picked up the song to cover, offering it as a bonus for downloading their most recent single, “Criminal Minds” off their newest album, Two Matchsticks.
Headed by Andrew Kenny – previously of American Analog Set – The Wooden Birds create a cover perfect for a long highway drive on a warm summer day. While we wait for that endlessly carefree season in a miserable state of hibernation, at least we can take comfort in the Wooden Birds’ understated male and female harmonies and mellow guitar riffs. And, as a bonus for all you ’60s and ’70s babies out there, you can now enjoy an up-to-date version of a song probably suffused with reminiscence and the good ol’ days. Have a taste by downloading the song below (then go here to check out Yo La Tengo’s version).
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