For their third album, Melophobia, Kentucky alt-rockers Cage The Elephant drew upon modern EDM and mid-’70s David Bowie as muses. But as guitarist Brad Shultz told The Line Of Best Fit, the quintet found inspiration of another kind in the album’s early development, as evidenced by the newly unveiled B-side “Baby Blue”.
“This is one of the first tracks we worked on for the record – and was originally inspired by Lou Reed…,” Shultz said. “You can’t hear much of that now, but I still like it and I’m pleased it’s getting released.”
Though the world could never have enough Reed-inspired tracks, “Baby Blue”, available now as a 7-inch single, is nonetheless catchy. With its blend of ’60s garage pop hooks and spurts of post-punk fury, it would’ve added a new sheen of playfulness and intensity to an already great rock record. Listen in below.