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"One More Try" 7-inch
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Sometimes it pays off to do things other wouldn't dare to. Sam Beam's unlikely and exquisite cover of George Michael's 1988 number-one hit, reworked with celestial organ, clarinet, and strikingly effusive vocals, is a reaffirmation of Michael's underrated genius as a songwriter. (The organ intro also brilliantly echoes the opening to "Faith").
Iron & Wine's "One More Try" cover will appear on a Suicide Squeeze 7-inch called Two Sides of George (the flip is a cover of Little Feat's "Trouble"), as part of Suicide Squeeze's 2012 single series. (The series' previous releases from King Tuff, Nobunny, and Wax Idols all sold out upon release earlier this year; subsequent singles from Julianna Barwick and Cloud Nothings are due later this fall). The Two Sides of George 7-inch is limited to 750 copies, and the pre-order copies are already gone. Your last chance to get your hands on this gem is to hit a record store early on Tuesday, June 26.
BTW, Iron & Wine first recorded "One More Try" as part of AV Club's Undercover series. In the video, Sam Beam explains his choice of song: "You can say that it's a goofy '80s song, and so that makes it ironic, but, you know, there's a lot of songs from the '80s that are great tunes that are masked by production . . . And George Michael had an incredible beard."
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