Good Cover Version: Hopewell Does Brian Eno

Pulp gave the world the song "Bad Cover Version." But seeing as I'm a sonic optimist, I'm of the belief that there's more likely than not more good cover versions floating around than bad ones. Good Cover Version celebrates the good, and leaves all that bad and ugly stuff alone.

Here Come the Warm Jets is probably one of my favorite records. Brian Eno's solo debut was a feast of glorious glam, a cacophony of glittery and twisted wondrousness and space oddities. It feels right to have some of my favorite New York people, Hopewell, and Mark Gardener of Ride covering the most amazing "Needle In the Camel's Eye." The gents stay true to the vision of Eno while putting their delightful stamp on the song, thanks to those soaring vocals of Mr. Jason Russo and the delirious stomp of the Hopewellian sound. I believe this cover to be what sporting types call a winner.


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