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Mark Hoppus Has Shared A Creepy, Moody Cover Of The Cars’ ‘Just What I Needed’

Brii Jamieson
Brii Jamieson 16 September 2019 at 17.46

It's dark. It's moody. It's pretty brilliant, to be fair.

Blink-182 frontman Mark Hoppus is honouring the life of The Cars' frontman Ric Ocasek who passed away over the weekend, by sharing a moody cover of The Cars' classic 'Just What I Needed' which has never seen the light of day before.

Sharing the story behind the cover, Mark posted that he was asked to record this version for a television show that was canned before the first episode went to air - but in honour of Ric's passing, he's shared the cover online.

Check out the story behind the cover below, and the song itself at the bottom:

"A couple years ago, I was asked to record a creepy cover of Just What I Needed for a tv show. They wanted moody and strange, dark, and drony, with space for dialogue to go over it. I went into the studio with my friend James Ingram and this is what we came up with. The show was cancelled so quickly the episode never aired, but if you can imagine a grim and grizzled detective determinedly working a murder case that shook them to the very core of their being, this is the music the show requested. It’s been sitting on a hard drive ever since, and with the sad news of Ric Ocasek’s passing, I thought I’d put it up here. Enjoy it. And go listen to The Cars."

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