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Take Cover: The Swamp Coolers Channel Their Inner James Bond


We've all had dreams of growing up to be a spy at one point or another-- whether we lived vicariously by playing GoldenEye 007 (for Nintendo 64, natch) or we wished Christopher Nolan really was directing the prequel to the James Bond series.

Local surf/Americana rockers The Swamp Coolers cover Johnny Rivers' hit "Secret Agent Man" to live that fantasy.

"We all grew up thinking that we wanted to live a life of adventure, international intrigue, see exotic places, and this is the only song that talks about an occupation that does all of those things. It just sorta captured what we were supposed to be if we were the coolest guy in the world. So, we all love it," says singer Mike Kunes, "it's a hard rocking song about my former career as a spy...for our side."

"You've said too much already," adds rhythm guitarist Steve Chernek.

The Swamp Coolers don't currently have any shows booked, but they are working on a new album. Check out their version of "Secret Agent Man" after the jump.

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Melissa Fossum
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