Today Detroit indie-poppers Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. released a video for their cover of Gil Scott-Heron’s “We Almost Lost Detroit.” The song was released on their 2011 album It’s A Corporate World.
In a press release, Josh Epstein and Daniel Zott said, “Today we are debuting a video for a song we did not write. ‘We Almost Lost Detroit’ began as a homage to one of the great artists of our time, Gil Scott Heron. Ever since we formed as a band roughly two years ago, we’ve drawn a very high level of inspiration from this song. So much so that we felt compelled to record our own version, and put it on our first ever full-length album last year.
As Detroiters, we are born and bred with a civic pride that we are continually told is somewhat uncommon. We wanted the city, and the people in the city, to be the video for this simple reason. It is an exciting time to be from Detroit—as we believe it’s a city that is in the midst of reinventing itself in a huge way.”
In more hometown news, the band will release a unique Detroit-themed Record Store Day 12’’. The EP features two covers of fellow Detroit natives, Madonna and Sixto Rodriguez.
Check out the RSD EP We Almost Lost Detroit track list below as well as the video for the track of the same name.
We Almost Lost Detroit (album version)
Like A Prayer (Madonna cover)
I Think Of You (Sixto Rodriguez cover)
We Almost Lost Detroit (Stepdad remix)
Morning Thought (Phantasmagoria remix)
Simple Girl (Chuck Daniels remix)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. – We Almost Lost Detroit from Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. on Vimeo.
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