Song of the Day: Tokyo Police Club – Be Good (RAC Remix)

Tokyo Police Club at the 2007 Plug Awards
photo by Daniella Zalcman

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s featured selection, chosen by Morning Show host John Richards, is Be Good (RAC Remix) by Tokyo Police Club from the 2007 Smith EP on Paper Bag.

Tokyo Police Club – Be Good (RAC Remix) (MP3)

If everything has gone according to plan, Tokyo Police Club should be wrapping up the recording of their new record, their first full length, rumored to be available come February. This remix is one of the four rare and unreleased tracks that make up the Smith EP, along with three videos making it a great companion piece for any fan. Instead of opening with the original’s now unforgettable hand clapping (don’t worry, it’s still there), this version pushes the vocals and heavy hi-hats to the front, making it more beat-driven, but by no means masking the original. One obvious turn is the song’s ending; the original’s fiery climax is axed in favor of machine-gun high-hats, changing the tone from rage to rave. But whether you’re a fan of Tokyo Police Club or just the club, this track’s for you. While you’re here, visit our previous TPC posts in the Song of the Day archive to capture nearly half of the band’s current output. The band struts through Boston this Saturday before rocking the full expanse of Ontario in the second half of January. Otherwise, some great tracks and videos are currently featured on their MySpace page, adding to this one of the band performing Box at the Beauty Bar in Vegas:

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