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Hoops – “Cars And Girls” (Prefab Sprout Cover) Video

Amazon is hoping to soundtrack your late-summer road trips with their new Open Road playlist, which features 30 contemporary artists covering various car- and traveling-themed anthems. Said artists include Hamilton Leithauser, White Reaper, and the blissed-out Bloomington, Indiana trio Hoops, who offer a dazed, hypnagogic rendition of Prefab Sprout’s “Cars & Girls.” “We chose to do ‘Cars And Girls’ because Prefab Sprout is one of our favorite bands in the whole wide world,” the band explain. “It’s not necessarily our favorite Prefab song but it was a whole lotta fun to cover.”

The accompanying music video from Weird Life Films is also a whole lotta fun, hitting that sweet spot between goofy sincerity and winking homage. “After losing a location last minute we ended up barreling over the skyway into Indiana to find an abandoned-ish highway hot under the sun near some oil fields,” says Weird Life Films. “There we took over the concrete strip after letting the oil field security know we weren’t terrorists. Before lastly hitting back to Chicago & wrapping up the foggy shoot as the rain storm hit. HOOPS brought the heat and the 89′ e30 beemer.” Watch below.

And here’s the whole playlist:

Hoops tour dates:

08/19 San Francisco, CA @ 20th Street Block Party ^
09/05 Millvale, PA @ Funhouse at Mr. Smalls
09/06 Baltimore, MD @ Downsquares
09/07 Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter ~
09/08 Raleigh, NC @ Hopscotch Music Festival
09/09 Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
09/11 Birmingham, AL @ Spring Street Firehouse
09/12 Oxford, MS @ Proud Larry’s
09/14 Chicago, IL @ The Empty Bottle #
09/15 Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop
09/22 Kalamazoo, MI @ Audiotree Music Festival
10/31 Toronto, ON @ The Great Hall +
11/02 Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel +
11/03 Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle +
11/04 Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair +
11/05 Brooklyn, NY @ The Bell House +
11/09 St. Louis, MO @ Off Broadway
11/10 Memphis, TN @ Hi-Tone Cafe
11/12 McDade, TX @ Sound on Sound Festival
11/28 Nashville, TN @ Exit/In *
11/30 Orlando, FL @ The Social *
12/01 Miami, FL @ Gramps *
12/02 Tampa, FL @ Crowbar *
12/04 Tallahassee, FL @ Club Downunder *
12/05 New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks *
12/06 Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall *
12/08 Dallas, TX @ Trees *
12/09 Austin, TX @ Emo’s *
12/10 El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls *
12/11 anta Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf *
12/13 Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren *
12/14 Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas *

^ w/ Neon Indian & Kilo Kish
~ w/ Ó
# w/ Amy O & Lala Lala
+ w/ The Clientele
* w/ The Drums

The Open Road playlist is out now on Amazon Music.