The Shins mark an uncanny return to the music scene as they present their Squeeze's New Wave song "Goodbye Girl" in conjunction with Levi's. Here is some detailed information on the creation of the track.
This year James Mercer took a detour with Broken Bells, his collaborative release with multi-instrumentalist / producer Danger Mouse. But for Levi’s, Mercer is back in Shins’ mode re-crafting “Goodbye Girl,” a tightly-wound pop masterpiece written by Squeeze’s songwriting team of Chris Difford (smart lyrics) and Glenn Tilbrook (catchy melodies). One of the ’80s best pop bands, Squeeze included “Goodbye Girl” on its 1979 classic Cool for Cats, which undoubtedly found its way into the hands of a teenage Mercer when he was living in England. Pitting a reverbed guitar against an earthy acoustic strum he treats it reverently without undoing its big chorus.
Check out the track below and head over to Levi's Pioner Sessions to get your digital copy.