It came as some surprise last summer when Cee-Lo Green released his beat-infused take on Band of Horses’ woeful “No One’s Gonna Love You.” Now, just a few months later, inspired by the loss of a favored football team, Band of Horses – with help from the University of Georgia's Redcoat Marching Band – is reworking Cee-Lo's “Georgia," set to appear on the singer's upcoming album, The Lady Killer. According to a note from frontman Ben Birdwell on the Band of Horses website, the cover is basically a love letter to a state and its biggest college football team:
"This began as a very random idea I had on my dad's patio after we watched our beloved Georgia Bulldog football team get robbed of a win at the hands of the referees and LSU last year. I knew I wanted to pay homage to my favorite team in song but didn't have any idea how to begin. Once I heard Cee-Lo's 'Georgia', I was immediately smitten and figured that's as good as any tribute to any state I've ever heard. It wasn't until I heard his cover of our song though that it occurred to me: Duh, we should return the favor. Incorporating the Redcoat marching band was just the icing on the cake! This song is so nostalgic to me as my parents grew up in Atlanta and have so many family members in the great state of Georgia. It's always been a second home of sorts."
You can download Band of Horses’ cover of “Georgia” right now from the band’s website for $.99. There’s also the option to pre-order a split single featuring Band of Horse's re-do of "Georgia," paired with Cee-Lo’s version of “No One’s Gonna Love You.” [NME]