Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs Go Back 'Under the Covers'
In covering the Yes classic 'I've Seen All Good People: Your Move/All Good People' for their '70s collection 'Under The Covers Vol. 2,' longtime friends Matthew Sweet and the Bangles' Susanna Hoffs joked, as big fans, how cool it would be to get Yes guitarist Steve Howe to lay down riffs for the track. "Sue and I were big Yes fans as teenagers so that would be huge for us," Sweet tells Spinner. "We got just so excited about the possibility that we might be able to get him. We were able to track him down through help from his fan club. We sent him our version and he played lead guitar for us. So we covered Yes and Steve Howe played guitar. For a minute we were just gonna find like every guitar player because it was so cool. But I think it would have been really time consuming and really expensive, so we really didn't continue on that path. Steve was the big star."
Sure, Howe is a big star. So is Fleetwood Mac's Lindsey Buckingham and George Harrison's son Dhani, both of whom also appear on the album, which hits stores July 21. Sweet and Hoffs harmonize on favorites from the genres of power-pop, glam, classic rock and the aforementioned prog rock, such as Carly Simon's 'You're So Vain,' Rod Stewart's 'Maggie May,' Fleetwood Mac's 'Second Hand News' and George Harrison's 'Beware of Darkness.'
"It was so much fun, so much fun," Hoffs tells Spinner. "The most important era in terms of influence for me, musical influence, was the '70s. I went from [ages] 11 to 21 during that era. It was a really super profound time of life that I experienced all that music. It was the coming-of-age era. I don't know why, there's so many different styles,