Hear the Struts Cover Kiss’ ‘Do You Love Me?’

The Struts have included a cover of Kiss‘ “Do You Love Me?” on their just-released album, Strange Days.

You can hear their version of the song, originally from Kiss’ 1976 album Destroyer, below.

Locked down in Los Angeles this past spring as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the four-piece English band moved into producer Jon Levine’s house after being tested. What was originally planned to be an EP instead became the Struts’ third album, recorded in just 10 days.

Strange Days includes guest appearances from Phil Collen and Joe Elliott of Def Leppard, Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello, Albert Hammond, Jr. of the Strokes and pop star Robbie Williams.

“I think we were trying to get one of the guys from Kiss to play on the song, I can’t remember which one,” guitarist Adam Slack said of the cover in an interview with Sonic Perspectives. “Phil Collen’s first band, Girl, covered that song, and we wanted to get Phil and Joe to play on it, but they wanted to do an original song. We all love the song, and I think it sounds just huge. We didn’t cover a well-known Kiss song because we wanted a song that not everyone knows.”

Nirvana also recorded a version of “Do You Love Me?,” which can be found on the 1990 album Hard to Believe: A Kiss Covers Compilation.

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The Struts Recruit Def Leppard Pair for Glammed Up New Song

The Struts continue to spread the wealth with some of their friends, recruiting Def Leppard‘s Joe Elliott and Phil Collen for their latest single, “I Hate How Much I Want You.”

The glammed up rocker follows on the heels of “Another Hit of Showmanship,” which featured a guest turn by The Strokes’ Albert Hammond Jr., and “Strange Days,” which included Britpop star Robbie Williams sitting in, as part of their forthcoming album, Strange Days, which is due Oct. 16.

Fans listening to the track get taken behind the scenes a bit as the song opens with a phone conversation between frontman Luke Spiller and Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott. In the discussion, Spiller reveals the band has been working on new music, and he has “a big fat chorus that I need your big ol’ pipes for.” Without hesitation, Elliott offers, “I’m in, sunshine, I’m in.”

“When Luke called me up … I said yes before I even knew what he wanted,” Elliott later explained in a statement. “I’ve been a massive fan of the band since I first heard them, so it’s not just a pleasure, it’s an honor to be part of this ‘born-in-Covid’ album, and what a song! Makes me feel like a kid again every time I hear it!”

Collen, who adds some blistering licks in the track, added, “[I’ve] loved the sound of the Struts since the moment I first heard them, so it gives me great pleasure that Luke and the boys asked myself and Joe to participate in some mutual, mischievous, explosive rowdiness.”

If you dig the new song, it’s available via the platform of your choosing right here. Meanwhile, pre-orders for the Strange Days album are underway at this location.

The Struts Featuring Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott + Phil Collen, “I Hate How Much I Want You”

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Hear Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott, Phil Collen Guest With the Struts

Def Leppard lead singer Joe Elliott and guitarist Phil Collen can be heard guesting on a new song by fellow British rockers the Struts.

The veterans take part in “I Hate How Much I Want You,” which will appear on the Struts’ upcoming album Strange Days. The younger band recorded it over 10 days during lockdown earlier this year. They also recruited Tom Morello and pop singer Robbie Williams for the LP.

You can listen to the new song below, following a 30-second clip from a phone call between Elliott and Struts frontman Luke Spiller. During the conversation, he asks “the king of the Leps” to take on the guest role to help deliver a “big fat chorus,” to which Elliott replies: “I’m in, sunshine, I’m in.”

“When Luke called me up … I said yes before I even knew what he wanted,” Elliott noted in a statement. “I’ve been a massive fan of the band since I first heard them, so it’s not just a pleasure, it’s an honor to be part of this ‘born-in-Covid’ album, and what a song! Makes me feel like a kid again every time I hear it!”

Collen added that he “loved the sound of the Struts since the moment I first heard them, so it gives me great pleasure that Luke and the boys asked myself and Joe to participate in some mutual, mischievous, explosive rowdiness.” Strange Days will be released on Oct. 16.

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The Struts Announce ‘Strange Days’ Album, Issue Title Track

Like many acts, The Struts found themselves in writing mode once the pandemic hit, but the group is delivering a quick turnaround, announcing that a new album is coming soon and issuing their second new song in as many weeks. The latest cut to drop is “Strange Days,” featuring Britpop icon Robbie Williams.

“Ladies and gentlemen, today we are very pleased to announce our new single and new album, Strange Days,” write the group. “We are honoured to have one of our musical heroes, the legendary Robbie Williams, featured on the title track.”

They continue, “Finding all of our grand plans for 2020 canceled or postponed early this year, we gathered together safely in the studio and wrote and recorded the entire album in just ten days. It was undoubtedly a magical ten days for us — and we hope when you hear the album, it gives you a taste of that magic too.”

The new album will arrive on Oct. 16, with pre-orders being taken via the band’s website.

The group previously released the song “Another Hit of Showmanship,” which also featured a special guest — The StrokesAlbert Hammond Jr.

Stay tuned for more details about the album as they become available.

The Struts + Robbie Williams, “Strange Days”

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