Bright Eyes and Kathleen Frances Share Covers for Secretly Canadian’s 25th Anniversary Campaign

    Bright Eyes have shared a cover of Thin Lizzy’s ‘Running Back’ as part of Secretly Canadian’s 25th anniversary celebration. The band originally recorded their version of the song in August 2020 for a SiriusXM Session, but the cover was given an official release yesterday (January 14) as part of the label’s ongoing singles series, which aims to raise $250,000 for New Hope For Families. Kathleen Frances has also released her contribution to the project, offering her take on Electric Youth and College’s 2014 song ‘A Real Hero’. Take a listen below.

    “Thin Lizzy is one of the finest rock n roll bands of all time,” Bright Eyes’ Conor Oberst said of the cover in a statement. “Phil Lynott’s vocal delivery and lyrics exemplify nonchalant cool. On top of that they gave the world a reason to invent the word guitarmonies. I think this is such a beautiful love song. It felt really good to sing.”

    Commenting on her choice of cover, Frances said: “I used to have this song on repeat. It has such an uplifting feel and its belief in humanity seemed particularly fitting for this project. I wanted to do something different, slow it down and create a moodiness to feel the sentiment of the song in a different way.”

    Previous contributions to SC25 have come from Hatchie, Stella Donnelly, Bartees Strange, Jim James, NNAMDÏ, Beach Fossils, Porridge Radio, Skullcrusher, and more. 

    Konstantinos Pappis
    Konstantinos Pappis
    Konstantinos Pappis is a writer, journalist, and music editor at Our Culture. His work has also appeared in Pitchfork, GIGsoup, and other publications. He currently lives in Athens, Greece.

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