British indie pop duo Summer Camp are saying farewell. Comprised of married musicians Jeremy Warmsley and Elizabeth Sankey, Summer Camp have released three full-length records across nearly a decade and a half of making music together. (As a testament to the duo’s longevity, the last time that the pair were properly featured in our pages here at Cover Me was in 2010, spotlighting their charming holiday compilation cover of The Waitresses’ “Christmas Wrapping.”) To mark their graceful exit, Summer Camp have re-released the very first piece of music that they ever recorded: a cover of The Flamingos’ classic “I Only Have Eyes For You.”
I will admit, I was apprehensive when I saw this cover was tagged “electronic” on Soundcloud. The Flamingos’ “I Only Have Eyes For You” is a song that depends on soul and emotion, and I could just picture someone stripping it of all its tenderness with half-assed synths and an overbearing four-on-the-floor beat. Thankfully, I needn’t have worried. Though there may be a synthetic instrument or two in here, RYNO’s cover is all soul.
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Today’s question, from Cover Me staffer Raphael Camara: What’s a song that’s been covered too many times?
Artist Doug Aitken’s “Song 1,” a 360-degree video projection on the Hirshhorn Museum, features “I Only Have Eyes for You,” covered by several artists, which according to the Hirshhorn website is to “emphasize the universality of the song.” Contributions include covers by Devendra Banhart, LCD Soundsystem, No Age, and Beck.