Iron & Wine Nails Another Cover With Their Second Side of George, Little Feat's "Trouble""/>
A couple weeks ago I was raving about Iron & Wine's lovely cover of George Michael's "One More Try," which will appear on a Suicide Squeeze-released limited edition 7-inch called Two Sides of George (out next Tuesday, June 26). The second George has it as a surname--the late Lowell George, who played in the Mothers of Invention before starting his own band, Little Feat, and then died in 1979 at just 34 years old.
On Two Sides of George, Iron & Wine covers Little Feat's "Trouble," a track off the band's second LP, 1972's Sailin' Shoes. Maybe more so than any other band playing today, Iron & Wine knows how to nail a cover, staying respectful and true to the original's spirit but inserting just the right amount of unique personality. This song is short--just over 2 minutes--but Iron & Wine manages to pack a world of benevolence into it, thanks to Sam Beam's warm vocals, sounding quite a bit more rounded and projected than usual, and his handling of Lowell George's sweet-guy lyrics: "'Cause your eyes are tired/And your feet are too/And you wish the world was as tired as you/Well I'll write a letter, and I'll send it away/And put all the trouble in it you had today."
As a refresher, here's Little Feat's original: