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Watch: Britta Phillips (of Luna and Dean & Britta) - “Drive” Video (The Cars Cover)

Luck or Magic Due Out April 29 via Double Feature Records

Mar 10, 2016
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Britta Phillips is releasing her debut solo album, Luck or Magic, on April 29 via Double Feature Records. Luck or Magic contains five originals and five covers. We’ve already been treated to the album’s first single, a cover of Evie Sands’ “One Fine Summer Morning.” Then we premiered the video for “One Fine Summer Morning.” Now she has shared a video for her cover of The Cars’ “Drive.” Debra Scherer directed the video, which was produced by The Culture Crush and stars actor Errol Chatham and writer/actress/filmmaker Tierney Finster.

Scherer commented on the video in a press release: “I went back and looked at the original video for ‘Drive,’ with Paulina in the insane asylum, and it made me think about the lyrics. I wanted to do a back and forth between the artist and a narrative which also captured the LA vibe this new version had. I couldn’t have had better actors for the two roles, Tierney and Errol really played their parts so well!”

Phillips is known for several things. She’s been a member of Luna since 1999 and then was in Dean & Britta with her husband and Luna bandmate Dean Wareham. Back in the ‘80s she was the singing voice of Jem in the cult cartoon Jem and the Holograms (recently made into a poorly received live action film Phillips had a cameo in). She has also dabbled in acting, including appearing in the 1988 film Satisfaction in which she was a member of the fictional band that also included Justine Bateman and Julia Roberts.

Philips started recording the album with Scott Hardkiss, a DJ and electronic music pioneer. Philips and Hardkiss worked together on the album for a year, but in March 2013 Hardkiss unexpectedly died in his sleep at the young age of 43. She took a break from the album, but eventually regrouped with producer/mixer Eric Broucek (a house engineer for DFA).

Below is the “Drive” video, followed again by the album’s tracklist.

Luck or Magic Tracklist:

01 “Daydream”
02 “Do It Last”
03 “One Fine Summer Morning” (Evie Sands, 1969)
04 “The Million Dollar Doll”
05 “Drive” (The Cars, 1984)
06 “Fallin’ In Love” (Dennis Wilson, 1970)
07 “Luck Or Magic”
08 “Landslide” (Fleetwood Mac, 1975)
09 “Wrap Your Arms Around Me” (ABBA’s Agnetha Fältskog, 1983)
10 “Ingrid Superstar”


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