Having fronted several beloved rock outfits (The Harpoons, The Boy-Friends and The Visions), written a book about Lou Reed’s Transformer and composed a classic rock soundtrack for Netflix’s Sex Education (and made a cameo as the prom band in the show), Ezra Furman knows a thing or two about rock ‘n’ roll. Furman released a new album earlier this year called Twelve Nudes, and it’s arguably his grittiest and most unapologetic effort to date.
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On this day (Dec. 9) in 2013, Furman stopped by the Daytrotter studio in Davenport, Iowa to promote his album Day of the Dog, and he also brought out some famous rock ‘n’ roll hits. Furman performed covers of The Marvelettes’ Motown classic “Please Mr. Postman” and The Clash’s London Calling highlight “Train in Vain.” Listen to Furman dip into his doo-wop and classic rock roots during this 2013 session below.
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