just put out a cover of Talking Heads
' "Road To Nowhere" for the Amazon Open Road
playlist. It's wonderfully exuberant, like Bob Dylan's worn voice blended together with barroom musical candor. Leithauser's version of the song adds new musical dynamics to a song that's already great. It's different, and puts across its own unique voice rather than being a carbon copy of its inspiration.
Leithauser said of his cover to Entertainment Weekly, "When I was doing this song, I realized there really isn't any other band in the world that I've tried to rip off more than the Talking Heads in my career — and [have] had basically zero success. There's been more four-tracks in my life that have been called "Talking Heads Ripoff 1," "Talking Heads Ripoff 2," or "Talking Heads Guitar," "Talking Heads Drums," and it's never worked out. I've never sounded a thing like them. But there's no band I've tried to sound like more… They've got such a great way of repeating their lyrics and their little music parts in a way that's so deceptively simple. I had to restructure the order of the [song's] parts because it sounded ridiculous. I originally tried out their order and I wasn't getting the mileage that they get."
So, even if he did originally intend to sound like the Talking Heads, the end result was a solid standalone cover that might even be easier to listen to than the original. "Road To Nowhere" will be streaming with the rest of the Open Road
playlist on Amazon Music this friday, August 4th. You can listen to the track here
prior to release.