Allison Iraheta’s ties to Duran Duran are strong. While she sadly never covered the Fab Five when she competed on American Idol in 2009, she’s since recorded music for the Skaist-Taylor fashion line (co-founded by John’s wife, Gela Nash-Taylor); her husband and Halo Circus bandmate, Matthew Hager, has worked on recent Duran Duran albums; and Halo Circus’s song “Something Special” was even co-written by John.
So it makes sense that Manimal Vinyl would recruit Halo Circus for the upcoming compilation Making Patterns Rhyme: A Tribute to Duran Duran, which will also feature D2 covers by Moby, Warpaint, Little Dragon, Carina Round, and Austra. But Allison and company didn’t go with the most obvious cover choice for the tribute disc: They interestingly opted for “Do You Believe In Shame?,” a criminally underrated 1989 single from Duran Duran’s fifth album, Big Thing.
“Do You Believe In Shame?” has become a staple (and highlight) of Halo Circus’s live shows, but only Yahoo Music has the exclusive premiere of the official studio recording. Allison’s band puts a Gothic, operatic, almost heavy-metal spin on the funk-pop ballad, and the result is definitely something to believe in and a very big thing.
Listen to Duran Duran’s original below for comparison/contrast purposes:
In other awesome Halo Circus news, Yahoo Music can exclusively reveal that the band has just been added to the Grammys’ “Women Who Rock” cruise Nov. 4-8, which will also feature Heart, Emmylou Harris, Indigo Girls, Estelle, Skylar Grey, Shawn Colvin, Joan Osborne, and Mindi Abair.