by Jim Nintzel
Here's something we never thought we'd see: Calexico doing a cover of Kenny Loggins' "Danger Zone."
It's part of the Under Cover series by The Onion's AV Club, wherein a band is invited to cover a song on a list of 25 tunes in a tiny little room. From the AV Club:
Calexico is the only band that can claim its song was played on the last Space Shuttle mission: Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords dedicated the band's "Slowness" to her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly. It was just the latest in a long line of quiet accomplishments by the Arizona band, which stirs traditional Southwestern sounds with the mild side of indie-rock. Here, Calexico grabs hold of Kenny Loggins' classic of cheesy wonder, "Danger Zone." The track was actually written by disco kingpin Giorgio Moroder (with lyrics by Tom Whitlock), though Loggins made it his own via the soundtrack to Top Gun. Calexico adds some layers and removes some excess, pulling something pretty out of a very '80s pop song. Calexico's latest is the fantastic, solemn Algiers.
Algiers, BTW, is out today if you're interested in purchasing it. (And you really should, because it's great.) We'll have more on the record in this week's print edition, hitting streets tomorrow.