When we discovered that Bangles singer Susanna Hoffs (“Manic Monday,” “Walk Like an Egyptian”) and alt-rock vocalist Matthew Sweet were banding together for now the second of two covers albums we weren't too surprised.
Longtime friends and collaborators, Hoffs and Sweet have guested on each other's albums and shows for years, and you might even remember their work with Mike Myers as part of Austin Powers’ on-screen band Ming Tea in "Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery" and "Austin Powers in Goldmember."
Taking the name Sid 'n Susie (Sweet's first name is Sidney), they've already released '60s covers album "Under the Covers Vol. 1" (2006) and now return with an homage to the 70's with "Under the Covers Vol. 2," where they reimagine 16 power-pop, glam, classic rock and prog-rock tracks from a sultry rendition of Velvet Underground's "Sunday Morning," to Hoff's gender-switching leads on Rod Stewart’s “Maggie May,” Tom Petty's "Here Comes My Girl" and the Raspberries "Go All the Way."
Their beautiful music-making has already garnered much notice in the entertainment world, mostly by good word of mouth. After playing some tracks recently on his Sirius Satellite radio show, Howard Stern gave the record more than just a vote of approval -- he almost raved.
I recently chatted with Hoffs (who by the way looks amazing at age 50) about the covers albums, her dream duet with Out artist Michael Stipe, and "some of the craziest nights of [her] life" with Belinda Carlisle.