For Just Tell Me That You Want Me: A Tribute to Fleetwood Mac, we’ve heard a few newer indie bands take on classic Fleetwood Mac tracks (including Lykke Li’s beautiful take on “Silver Springs.”) The album comes out on August 14, and now we’ve got another great cover, this time from The Kills.
Instead of picking some obscure deep cut, The Kills went for it, and they nailed it. Their cover of “Dreams” sticks closely enough to the original to do it justice, but it also has that gritty Kills edge to it. In an interview with Nowness the duo explained:
Do you remember the first time you heard Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams”?
Alison: Nope. I guess it’s just one of those songs that you always hear.
Jamie: The song we were going to do was an old Peter Green song called “Man of the World.” It’s so beautiful, but the problem is that Green is a bit like Syd Barrett—he has a tender heart and a fragile brain. The song sounds absolutely perfect but if you try and cover it, you’re just playing a melody really. The whole sound of it comes from the heart and the head, and the fact he was falling apart. So I started listening to loads of Fleetwood Mac songs and realized that there were big songs that no one had chosen. The first time I remember hearing “Dreams” was a really terrible cover by The Corrs. I thought, I want to reclaim it.