Hootie & The Blowfish have officially released their version of R.E.M.‘s ‘Losing My Religion’.
The band have been performing the cover at their live shows for a number of years but yesterday (April 17) they decided to share a studio version of the song.
“When we were cutting our teeth as a band, almost every night fans would hear us on stage covering R.E.M.,” Hootie & the Blowfish’s Darius Rucker said in a statement. “‘Losing My Religion’ is a song that when you first listen to it, you can feel the struggle, the back-and-forth.”
He added: “Plus, Peter Buck wrote the song on mandolin, and being in the south, it’s a lot of fun to perform live. We’re releasing it as a cover with Amazon Music as I think it’s still as thrilling to people today as it was when it was first released.”
Listen to Hootie & The Blowfish’s cover of ‘Losing My Religion’ here.
You can also watch the band’s 2019 performance of the song at Dallas’ Dos Equis Pavilion below:
The group’s former frontman sang the 1987 track’s chorus in a new Twitter video, which saw him urging fans to keep safe as coronavirus continues to spread across the US.