NEWS: Mark Hoppus shares cover of ‘Just What I Needed’ by The Cars!

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Paying his respects to The Cars frontman Ric Ocasek, who tragically passed over the weekend, Mark Hoppus (Blink-182/Simple Creatures) has paid tribute with a cover of ‘Just What I Needed’.

Originally the track was intended for a TV show that never made it to air, as Hoppus explains.

“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.”

You can stream and listen to his take on the song below.