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Listen: Iggy Pop collaborates with jazz icon Dr. Lonnie Smith for cover of Donovan’s ‘Sunshine Superman’

Iggy Pop has teamed up with jazz icon Dr. Lonnie Smith for a cover of Donovan’s “Sunshine Superman.”

The cover, which comes from Smith’s forthcoming album Breathe, sees them reworking the classic psych-rock track into a loungey jazz anthem. Smith and his bandmates give the track a jazz makeover, as Pop strays from his usual gritty sound to deliver some sweet vocal lines.

“I was playing with my trio at Arts Garage in Delray Beach in Florida,” Smith explains of the collaboration. “Iggy would come by and say he wanted to play with me. I let him play slaparoo and he lover it. He enjoyed playing with us. We thought about recording a few songs, so we went in with my trio backing us up, and it worked.”

Listen to their cover of “Sunshine Superman” below.
 


 
According to a release, the pair also recorded a cover of Timmy Thomas’ “Why Can’t We Live Together” that day, which will serve as the opener to Breathe.

Breathe is set for release on March 26th via Blue Note Records.

Lead photo courtesy of Don Was.

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