While the idea of live music continues to grow ever more distant amid the current health crisis, most venues are still forced to keep their doors closed amid strict social distancing regulations. With that in mind, we’re dipping deeper into the Far Out archives to hit our sonic fix. Here, we look at a meeting of minds between Kurt Vile and Yo La Tengo.
During a performance in Kurt Vile’s hometown of Philadelphia a couple of years ago, Yo La Tengo joined forces with the singer-songwriter to cover The Cure’s now iconic song ‘Friday I’m In Love’.
The track, which was first released in 1992 and taken from The Cure‘s ‘pop record’ Wish, represents one of the largest departures from a band’s perceived ethos you’re likely to ever hear or see. The song is, according to perennial moper and the world’s favourite goth Robert Smith, “a throw your hands in the air, let’s get happy kind of record”—anyone who knows The Cure or has ever seen Robert Smith can already understand the juxtaposition we’re facing here.
When speaking with Guitar World, Smith opened up about the track he said: “I remember driving home one Friday afternoon to have the weekend off. And I started to think of this really great chord sequence. I was about 20 minutes away from the studio. So I turned around, went back to the studio and everyone was still there. We actually recorded it that Friday night. So from then on it was always just called ‘Friday’. Then, when I came to do the words for it, I thought, why don’t I do a song about that Friday feeling? It’s a thing you have at school, and lots of people work at jobs they don’t really enjoy. So that Friday afternoon feeling is something you look forward to.”
While performing in Vile’s hometown of Philadelphia, The New Jersey band Yo La Tengo played two sets and invited local favourite on Vile on stage at the crescendo of their first to perform their version of The Cure’s hti song.
Stream the footage, below.