As we reported last November, pop-rock group The Wallflowers, who are led by Bob Dylan‘s song Jakob, are reuniting to release their first album in seven years and their sixth full-length since 1992. The band are best known for their late-’90s hits “One Headlight,” “6th Avenue Heartache,” and “Sleepwalker,” as well as their cover of David Bowie’s “Heroes,” but I’m a longtime fan of all of their work. In fact, they were one of my favorite bands back in the early ’00s, and I recall downloading Red Letter Days – the band’s piece de resistance, in my opinion — on WinMX. One song at a time. Remember that shit?
Anyway, after a seven-year hiatus and a handful of solid but completely irrelevant releases from Jakob Dylan, I wasn’t expecting much from The Wallflowers’ new album, Glad All Over, which is due out on October 2 (especially with a title like that). But that was before I heard the first single, “Reboot the Mission,” which features — odd couple alert! — Mick Jones from iconic punk rock band The Clash. It swings better than anything The Wallflowers have ever written thanks to a bouncy beat and great piano work, recalling something from London Calling. But this is 2012, and these are The Wallflowers!
I’m sorry, but I’m still in shock from how much fun this is. You’ve gotta hear it for yourself.
Stream: The Wallflowers – “Reboot the Mission (ft. Mick Jones of The Clash)”