When Rod Stewart was strutting his stuff to “Hot Legs” and “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?” in the ’70s, I doubt a single soul would have predicted that three decades later he’d be recording pop standards. To date, Rod The (67-year-old) Bod has issued five chapters in his Great American Songbook series, tackling tunes associated with iconic crooners like Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, and Tony Bennett.
With Stewart returning to rock with a new album of original songs next spring, might The Cure’s Robert Smith be the next unlikely candidate to cash in with a set of standards?
Stranger things have happened, and actually, already have. Last month, Smith contributed a cover of the Sinatra classic, “Witchcraft,” to Frankenweenie Unleashed!, a companion album to Danny Elfman’s new stop-motion animated film. The Cure frontman’s recording is most likely a simple novelty rather than the impetus for an entire album of the same old songs, but with Halloween second only to Christmas in popularity and severely lacking canonical tunes, Smith’s wonderfully woozy rendition of “Witchcraft” does the trick.