Here's to you my little loves, with blessings from above
April 26, 2013 9:12 PM Subscribe
posted by Slarty Bartfast (14 comments total)
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San Francisco band Black Rebel Motorcycle Club recently released a worthy cover of The Call's Let the Day Begin
You might remember Santa Cruz band The Call
from the Reagan 80s, singing socially conscious anthemic rock songs
about justice and morality, heavily peppered with Bible references, back when such earnest music could still be edgy and before irony was cool. The Call's version of Let The Day Begin
served as Al Gore's campaign song when he ran for president in 2000.
The Call were fronted by bassist Michael Been who also happened to be the father of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club's bassist and vocalist Robert Levon Been. The elder Been was actively involved in his son's musical career, officially working as the band's engineer, unofficially as father and mentor, taking in BRMC guitarist Peter Hayes when he left home in high school.
Sadly, Michael Been died of a heart attack
in 2010 while backstage at a BRMC show in Belgium. Here, in several interviews, Robert Levon Been discusses the effect
of his father's death on the band and the three years since, the decision to cover Let the Day Begin
on the new album, and filling in his father's place
recently for some Call reunion show.