The project UNDER THE CVRS has seen Twin Shadow’s George Lewis Jr. record unique takes on classic songs. Following cover versions of songs originally recorded by the likes of U2, 10cc, Lou Reed and Bruce Springsteen, Lewis Jr. has revealed the latest song in this series. The seventh and final instalment of UNDER THE CVRS finds Twin Shadow joining forces with Friends’ vocalist Samantha Urbani to record a cover of ‘There Is A Light That Never Goes Out’ by The Smiths. Premiered on Valentine’s Day by US site Rookiemag, its companion video can be viewed on YouTube now.
WATCH ‘There Is A Light That Never Goes Out’ [UNDER THE CVRS]
George Lewis Jr. writes –
“I was 19 or 20 years old, screaming at the top of my lungs at my bandmate across the room in a small loft filled with too many boys in Red Hook, Brooklyn. “I’ll never do covers man! As long as I’m in this band, we are not doing covers!”. The argument almost went physical and the roommates finally stepped in.
At the time, I was embracing punk music and everything I thought at the time represented being a “punk”. Part of what that meant to me was that you should only be delivering your own thoughts, your own energy, and that your own sweat was going to define you as a person and as an artist. I was hard headed, and still am. But what my bandmate was trying to get me to understand was something that I’m learning many years later. The knowledge gained by learning how the greats make beautiful things is invaluable. He (Zak) was right in a way, I needed to do covers whether I played them out or not.
I started the UNDER THE CVRS series as a hat tip to this idea. I spend so much time making music and forget to look out and see how it’s been done before, how it’s being done by my peers, how I am a part of a long line of storytellers and emotion capturers.
I’d like to take what they’ve so gracefully done and continue to be a part of it and to add to it. I think a song by The Smiths is either the last or first cover my fans would have expected. I’ve never felt a bond with Mr. M, and only in reviews and comments have I seen people compare or draw lines between the two of us.
This is the last cover of this short series. I thought it would be best to end with the least obvious and most obvious at the same time. So here it is, and what a beautiful song it is. So happy to have the voice of Samantha Urbani from the late great Friends who I think brings such a unique thing to the cover. Finally here’s to all of you learning to make music, look towards the greats, there is still so much to gain from the Tori’s, the U2s, the 112s, the Springsteens, the 10ccs, the Lou Reeds and The Smiths.”
UNDER THE CVRS
7. ‘There Is A Light That Never Goes Out’ – The Smiths