After Engelbert Humperdinck came in second to last place in Baku in 2012, we wondered what he would do next. Then last year ago he revealed that he was working on an album of duets, including one with Gene Simmons of notorious rock legends Kiss.
We weren’t sure what to think, but finally the Humperdinck-Simmons collaboration has been released and it is about as glorious as you could expect. The pair have covered “Spinning Wheel”, the funky track from 1969, originally recorded by Blood, Sweat and Tears.
The smooth vocals of the Hump contrast with the growly rock voice of the Demon, and they manage some tight harmonies. But most importantly – the song is full of attitude. If the Hump had brought this sort of performance to Baku, it’s likely he would have left with more than a measly 12 points. (And here’s a thought – maybe Gene Simmons could represent his birth country, Israel, in 2015.)
The Hump’s album of duets is called Engelbert Calling and includes collaborations with such music legends as Elton John, Kenny Rogers and Dionne Warwick, as well as fellow UK Eurovision representatives Cliff Richard, Olivia Newton-John and Lulu. If those duets are as mighty as “Spinning Wheel”, it’s sure to be a great album.