Track of the Day: 'Hotel de Californie' by Cat Empire

Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

Reader Ryan offers up a truly transformative pick for the cover series: Cat Empire’s version of “Hotel California.” As he describes it, “The Eagles sung in French by an Australian Latin jazz/ska band. Good times!”

Update from another reader named Ryan, in Denton, Texas:

Look, if you’re going to talk about covers of “Hotel California,” you may as well merge this discussion with your series of songs used in movies. The use of The Gypsy’s Kings cover of “Hotel California” is absolutely essential in introducing the character of Jesus Quinta:

That creep can roll, man.

The Atlantic abides.

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