Jenny Lewis and Eric Burdon Reinvent 'Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood' for 'True Blood'

'Volume 4' score features Iggy Pop, Flaming Lips, more

Chris Martins WRITTEN BY
Chris Martins

Much like a timeless song, a good show about vampires can bridge the generation gap, uniting parents and children within the entertainment crucible of terror/titillation. HBO's True Blood is one of those shows, and "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" is one of those songs. Though written for Nina Simone, the track became an early garage-rock hit for the Animals in 1965 and their version remains a stone cold classic in the pantheon of musical badassery, due in no small part to the mighty roar of Eric Burdon. The man himself returns for a new rendition of "Misunderstood" featuring Jenny Lewis (late of Rilo Kiley, currently slummin' with the Postal Service). Their duet feels a bit superfluous compared to the previously released Iggy Pop and Bethany Cosentino team-up "Let's Boot and Rally," but it's worth a spin nonetheless.

True Blood: Music from the HBO Original Series Volume 4 is out May 28 via ATO Records and also features appearances from Warpaint, the Flaming Lips, Deap Valley, Los Lobos, and more.

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