LISTEN: Shamir Covers Duran Duran’s “Hungry Like the Wolf”

The North Las Vegas star is opening a string of dates for the new-wave band this spring.

Before he was taking over Stephen Colbert’s stage with his funk-inflected hip-hop, Shamir Bailey was a country singer in the burg of North Las Vegas. As hard as that may be to believe when you see it in writing, it makes a little more sense when you hear his cover of Duran Duran‘s “Hungry Like the Wolf.”

Rather than play up the song’s new-wave backing—which would be a logical choice given the tone of his 2015 album Ratchet—Shamir turns the song into a lament. You can listen below, and check Shamir on tour with (who else) Duran Duran this spring.

Shamir tour dates

March
28 – Durham, NC Durham Performing Arts Center
30 – Saint Augustine, FL Saint Augustine Amphitheater

April
2 – Tampa, FL MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
5 – Bethlehem, PA Sands Bethlehem Event Center
7 – Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
8 – Washington, DC Verizon Center
11 – Montreal, QC Bell Centre
12 – Brooklyn, NY Barclays Center

(via Stereogum)

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