Founding Cheap Trick drummer Bun E. Carlos is giving fans a new taste of his upcoming solo album, Greetings from Bunezuela!, exclusively at Billboard.com. The website has premiered Carlos’ cover of the 1967 Paul Revere & the Raiders hit “Him or Me (What’s It Gonna Be),” featuring vocals by the sibling pop group Hanson.
Carlos had previously played with Hanson’s Taylor Hanson a few years ago in the power-pop side project Power Windows, which also featured ex-Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha and Fountains of Wayne‘s Adam Schlesinger. The drummer tells Billboard that when he recorded the backing track for “Him or Me,” he thought, “‘I’ve got to get Taylor to do this.’ So I got ahold of the Hansons and sent it to Taylor, and it came back with all three brothers on it, and it sounds great.”
As previously reported, Greetings from Bunezuela! will be released on June 24, and features an eclectic variety of guest artists, including Hanson, original Cheap Trick singer Randy “Xeno” Hogan, ex-Soul Asylum frontman Dave Pirner, Guided by Voices singer Robert Pollard and Wilco bass player John Stirratt.
In addition to “Him or Me,” the 13-track album features nine other covers, including songs previously recorded by The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, The Who and The Bee Gees. You can listen to Carlos’ rendition of The Who’s “Armenia City in the Sky” at eOne Music’s official SoundCloud page.
Carlos has lined up a release party for Greetings from Bunezuela! on July 9 at Space in Evanston, Illinois. Several contributors to the record will perform at the show, incuding Xeno and Eleventh Dream Day frontman Rick Rizzo.
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