Spoon have offered up a shiver-inducing cover of the Cramps’ maniacal cut “TV Set,” a fitting contribution to the soundtrack for the upcoming reboot of the Eighties horror franchise, Poltergeist.
Though more hi-fi than the Cramps’ original off their 1980 LP, Songs the Lord Taught Us, Spoon’s rendition of “TV Set” is otherwise faithful. They deftly capture the song’s screeching guitars and stomping boogie, while singer Britt Daniel taps into the soul of late frontman Lux Interior and delivers the song’s eerie lyrics — “Yeah baby I see you on my TV set / I cut your head off and put it in my TV set” — in a quivering, possessed bellow. The song is also available now on iTunes.
Poltergeist opens in theaters on May 22nd. Like the 1982 original, the film tells the story of a suburban family terrorized by ghosts that capture their youngest daughter. The movie stars Sam Rockwell and Rosemarie DeWitt; it was directed by Gil Kenan (Monster House) and counts horror maven Sam Raimi among its producers.
As for Spoon, the group recently released a hypnotic, slow-moving video for “Inside Out,” a track off their 2014 album, They Want My Soul. The LP marked the group’s eighth studio album and first since 2010’s Transference. While Spoon debuted new song “Satellite” live last December, drummer-producer Jim Eno told Billboard last year there might be another delay between albums, especially if Daniel and guitarist Alex Fischel record another Divine Fits record.
In the meantime, Spoon have a slew of North American tour dates lined up for the spring and summer, including stops at Sasquatch! and the inaugural Eaux Claires Festival curated by Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon.