After a few weeks of revisiting past performances, Robert Fripp and Toyah Willcox are back with a new “Sunday Lunch” cover song. The married couple take on The Hives’ “Hate to Say I Told You So” in the latest edition of their popular YouTube series.
While Robert and Toyah usually cover older material, “Hate to Say I Told You So” is becoming a classic itself, having been released more than 20 years ago. It remains the signature song for The Hives, the Swedish garage rockers who’ve now been around for 30 years as a band.
For this cover, both Robert and Toyah are dressed as bees (get it: hives!), with the King Crimson guitarist being pestered by his singer wife throughout the performance. A sign on their kitchen cabinets reads, “Fripp is ma honey bee.”
While new editions of “Sunday Lunch” have become more sporadic in recent months, the couple have treated us to new covers of Cream’s “Sunshine of Your Love,” Joan Jett’s “Bad Reputation,” J. Geils Band’s “Centerfold,” and Mötley Crüe’s “Shout at the Devil,” among others, this year.
After playing a few festival shows, the pair will embark on their first “Sunday Lunch” tour this fall, playing all over the UK from September 30th through October 29th. Tickets for select shows are available via Viagogo, while most other dates can be purchased through links on Toyah’s website.
Meanwhile, The Hives recently returned with The Death of Randy Fitzsimmons, their first studio album in 11 years, and just appeared on Consequence‘s Kyle Meredith With… podcast to discuss the LP. Following a run of European shows in September and October, The Hives will embark on a North American tour beginning October 30th in Brooklyn, New York (pick up tickets here).
Check out Toyah and Robert performing “Hate to Say I Told You So,” followed by The Hives’ appearance on the Kyle Meredith With … podcast.
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