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Queen Of Japan Want To Be Your Best Friend (Again)

The German synth-pop trio pick up where they left off on their comeback covers EP.

Queen Of Japan return after nearly two decades to reclaim their synth-pop throne with their royally entertaining new covers EP Best Friend — showcasing today on Tinnitist.

Featuring succulent covers a trio of ’70s classics — Queen’s lightly bouncy hit You’re My Best Friend, Supertramp’s breezy gem The Logical Song (featuring a flute solo!), and Frank Zappa’s hilariously ribald Sheik Yerbouti standout Bobby BrownBest Friend picks up right where the veteran German threesome left off with their rebellious revamps of KISS, Joan Jett, Rod Stewart and more.

Served up with a healthy dose of the band’s typical tongue-in-cheek attitude and musical mastery, this EP makes a fine soundtrack for a belated Valentine‘s evening — assuming your intended has a functional sense of humour and an appreciation for kitschy-cool covers.

For those not up to speed: Queens Of Japan started out in Munich in the late ’90s as a fake-Japanese duo (as one does). Koneko and Jo Ashito first upset the scene with a cover of (what else?) Queen’s Cool Cat, with bassist Jason Arigato joining the ranks soon after. Their version of the KISS disco classic I Was Made For Loving You conquered dance floors, catwalks, radio shows, film soundtracks and queer parties around the world. The band expanded their repertoire to include unique and tantalising synth-pop versions of hits like Do Ya Think I’m Sexy? and I Love Rock ’n’ Roll. Now, after an otherworldly 18-year hiatus from the frenzy, the older (but no wiser) trio discover their romantic side.

Listen to the Best Friend EP below.