As with many bands, the COVID-19 pandemic has altered the Struts’ 2020 musical plans. They had originally intended to record an EP this year, but with all touring activities cancelled, the British rockers instead released a full album entitled Strange Days. On the album, the group included a cover of the Kiss deep cut “Do You Love Me.” At a time when the normal excesses of the rock n’ roll lifestyle have been curtailed, it comes across as a work of downright nostalgia for an era whose time has passed.
Originally released on Kiss’s 1976 masterwork Destroyer, the song is almost a work of self-parody (if Kiss were capable of such a thing). The band laments about the trials of being a rock star. Between all the parties, limousines and private planes, the four lads in spandex and makeup were concerned that the beautiful women they were bedding may not have been totally honest in their affections. So they ask the question, “Do you love me?” again and again.
The Struts’ cover does not veer too far from the hard-rocking original. Luke Spiller sings with the bombastic bravado of a ‘70s frontman. His accent propels the song into British glitter rock territory. It’s a fun throwback to a simpler time (such as 1976…or 2019), when bands could party with impunity!
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