Photo by Maria Camacho
You're probably familiar with Bobby Vinton's 1962 hit "Mr. Lonely" about a homesick soldier. While Hana Vu's song of the same name isn't a cover, it is a "response of sorts" to Vinton's classic. When you re-listen to the original (which you can find here), you'll notice that Vu's "Mr. Lonely" is oddly similar. It's not a pure 1960's crooner song by any stretch, but there are some little snippets of that sound in Vu's song. The new song is like a bizarro world modern take on Vinton's. It sounds kind of similar, just... off. If anything, it's like you're listening to the song on a slightly warped record, in the best possible way.
Hana Vu explains how Bobby Vinton's song inspired her own:
"I thought that the sentiments of the original song were almost pathetic when put into today's context."
You can listen to "Mr. Lonely" below. Parking Lot is out now on Ghostly, and can be ordered here. For more on Hana Vu, check out the artist's Facebook and Twitter. Upcoming tour dates are below the song.