Thurston Moore and Snail Mail’s Lindsey Jordan have teamed up for a new cover of Lou Reed’s “Satellite of Love.” Watch the performance below.
For the latest entry in Fender’s “Best of the Decades” ad series, the artists deliver a guitar-led version of the 1973 track, with Jordan’s chorused Vintera II ‘60s Stratocaster carrying the progression, and Moore’s Vintera II ‘70s Jaguar providing colorful accents over the top. Both clad in Reed-esque sunglasses, Jordan sings the majority of the tune, with Moore helping out for the “Harry, Mark, and John” lines.
For her part, Jordan keeps her performance rooted in the raw coolness of Reed’s usual vocal delivery, mostly hanging out around the bottom of her range. By the song’s outro (where Reed’s original presents a soundscape of backing vocals from David Bowie), Jordan opens up and lets out a few soaring melodic lines, bringing home the simple power of the tune. Check out the video of the performance below.
Meanwhile, Jordan is gearing up for the release of her Valentine Demos EP, a collection of demos from the period when she was making her sophomore LP, Valentine. The EP is set to drop on November 3rd. In September, the one-time CoSign shared the single “Easy Thing” from the project. Pre-orders for physical copies are ongoing.
As for Moore, he recently canceled a book tour due to a “debilitating” heart rhythm abnormality, but confirmed in an interview that his prognosis is “very good.” In the same interview, he alluded to the possibility of a Sonic Youth reunion, saying that it’s “something that’s always going to be on the table.”
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Up next, both artists have live events booked. Though the majority of his book tour was canceled, Moore is still planning on making a few appearances in the UK around his new memoir, Sonic Life, later this month (grab your tickets here). Then, in December, Jordan will perform four shows in Japan (secure your seats here).
Previous entries in Fender’s “Best of the Decades” series include Madison Cunningham and Wendy Melvoin covering the Flamingos’ “I Only Have Eyes For You” (for the ‘50s), and Josh Klinghoffer (Red Hot Chili Peppers) and Nick Reinhart’s cover of The Beatles’ “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” (for the ‘60s).