So far in Twin Shadow’s UNDER THE CVRS series, we’ve heard George Lewis cover 10cc, Bruce Springsteen, Tori Amos, U2, and 112. His latest offering, which features Samantha Urbani, is a ’90s R&B-flavored take on the Smiths classic “There Is A Light That Never Goes Out.” It comes with a video in which Lewis and model Destinee Handly are dri-i-ving in a car so naturally it doesn’t end well.
The clip premiered at Rookie, who asked Lewis why he chose this cover…
Everything I do, I mean sincerely, but there is a little joke within this one. In every critique of Twin Shadow, there is a dropping of Morrissey’s name, which I always thought was funny because I have never really been a huge fan of Morrissey or the Smiths. [Laughs] So it’s a nod to people calling me “the Dominican Morrissey”.
I think part of it is just that the trend in underground music the last 20 years has been to sing in a high, sort of whiny voice—coming from that MGMT, John Lennon place. I have a gloomy, low-ish voice, so I think people attach that to Morrissey.
Watch it below.