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The Bird and The Bee share Van Halen “Panama” cover, reissuing LPs for RSD19

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Inara George and Greg Kurstin are back with their first The Bird and The Bee single in four years, a cover of Van Halen’s “Panama” which is out as part of the Amazon Originals series. No strangers to covers — they did a whole record of Hall & Oates covers — The Bird and The Bee put their whimsical, loungy spin on the ’80s hard rock classic. “You really know when a song was embedded in your brain at a young age,” said Inara George. “I had always assumed that ‘Panama’ was about the Panama Canal? Is it because I was studying that at school at the time the song came out? It’s possible. So imagine my surprise when Greg and I started working on the song and I started learning the lyrics… the song is about a car and a girl!! Duh!” You can listen to that below, and let’s hope more The Bird and The Bee is on the way.

Meanwhile, The Bird and The Bee are reissuing their 2007 self-titled debut and 2009’s Ray Guns Are Not Just the Future on vinyl for Record Store Day this year. The latter is being billed as a 10th Anniversary edition but no details are given for it or the other reissue. It won’t be out in time for RSD, but their Hall & Oates tribute record is also being given its first-ever vinyl pressing this year as well and is available for preorder. You can listen to those albums below



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