The Bird and The Bee are back with their first music in four years. The indie-pop duo dropped an Amazon Original cover of Van Halen's "Panama" on Friday (Mar. 1).
Their rendition on the 1984 classic takes a modern twist, with the synths and light vocals adding an airy vibe to an otherwise gritty song. "'Panama’ is such an epic, driving, rock jam,” Greg Kurstin said in a statement. “Van Halen blends anthemic songs with virtuosic playing like nobody else and David Lee Roth always delivers. Inara and I discovered we were both big fans of Van Halen growing up and had so much fun re-interpreting this one."
"You really know when a song was embedded in your brain at a young age,” Inara George mirrored. “I had always assumed that ‘Panama’ was about the Panama Canal? Is it because I was studying that at school at the time the song came out? It’s possible. So imagine my surprise when Greg and I started working on the song and I started learning the lyrics... the song is about a car and a girl!! Duh!”