“This cover represents a longtime personal challenge. In my mind a cover is only as good as the invention it brings to the material being adapted. Why cover an already perfect song? Well…for one because I’m so in love with it, but the impulse was galvanized by reading somewhere in an interview some stuff where Stuart expressed remorse that he’d not had time to get a second verse together by the time his single was being recorded. I set out to write that missing second verse and it eventually led to my reaching out to him for permission to augment the lyric. After my demo reached him and I’d received a hearty “Crack on!”, the fires were stoked for my Valentine’s coup d’etat.
In this reworking, I imagined Vini “Durutti” Reilly sitting in during a “Poppa” Willie Mitchell/Hi Records session in Memphis, with…I dunno…a teenage David Lynch or someone just feeling morose...having an epiphany amidst the grimy diesel transit station environment.”