The Kills’ Smoky Cover Of Rihanna’s ‘Desperado’ Reveals That It Was Always A Blues Song

Contributing Writer
05.25.17

“Desperado” was one of the best songs on Rihanna’s criminally overlooked Anti. The moody track was always a blues song, even with the spooky synth sounds, skittering drum patterns and Rihanna’s trademark icy delivery. But now indie-rock duo The Kills have gone and made that fact more evident, with a smoky acoustic cover of the song. Give it a listen up top.

The Kills released the track as part of their upcoming acoustic EP Echo Home Non-Electric. The pair of Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince are dropping the EP to celebrate 15 years as a band. The tracklist conveys that with acoustic versions of songs from their first release Black Rooster and their most recent release Ash & Ice. Check out the full tracklist below.

1. “Echo Home” (album version)
2. “Echo Home” (acoustic)
3. “Desperado” (acoustic)
4. “Wait” (acoustic)
5. “That Love” (acoustic)

And give another listen to Rihanna’s version, just in case you need to remind yourself of Anti‘s greatness.

The Kills are on a world tour now, including opening stints for Guns N’ Roses, Foo Fighters and Bon Jovi. Take a look at those dates below:

05/27 — Liverpool, UK @ Liverpool Sound City
05/28 — Margate, UK @ Margate Wonderland
05/30 — London, UK @ Shepherds Bush Empire
06/02 — Saint-Brieuc, FR @ Art Rock Festival
06/03 — Saint-Laurent-De-Cuves, FR @ Papillons De Nuit Festival
06/06 — Prague, CZ @ Roxy
06/07 — Liepzig, DE @ Taubchenthal
06/09 — Copenhagen, DK @ Vega
06/10 — Aarhus, DK @ Northside Festival
06/13 — Munich, DE @ Olympic Stadium
06/16 — London, UK @ London Stadium *
06/17 — London, UK @ London Stadium *
06/24 — Athens, GR @ Ejekt Festival
06/19 — Helsinki, FI @ Rock The Beach #
06/21 — Riga, LV @ Lucavsala Island #
06/29 — Gydnia, PL @ Open’er
07/02 — Werchter, BE @ Rock Werchter
07/07 — Lisbon, PT @ Nos Alive
07/10 — Montreaux, CH @ Montreaux Jazz Festival
07/12 — Dour, BE @ Dour Festival
07/16 — Berlin, DE @ Melt Festival
08/12 — Bucharest, RO @ Summer Well Festival
08/15 — Budapest, HU @ Sziget Festival
08/17 — Gampel, CH @ Open Air Gampel
08/19 — Zagreb, HR @ Tvornica Kulture
08/25 — Charleville Mezières, FR @ Cabaret Vert
08/26 — Paris, FR @ Rock En Seine
09/19 — Porto Alegre, Brazil @ Anfiteatro Parque (Outdoor) %
09/21 — Rio, Brazil @ Rock In Rio
09/23 — Sao Paulo, Brazil @ Allianz Parque %

* with Guns ‘N’ Roses
# with Foo Fighters
% with Bon Jovi

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