Huh. I tried seeing Frightened Rabbit last Friday at the Paradise, but the concert was sold out. The next night on Saturday, this happened, from Stereogum: “Frightened Rabbit’s fourth single from The Winter Of Mixed Drinks, “The Loneliness And The Scream,” will be out in the U.S. in early December, and it’ll come with an early Christmas gift: a cover of Elton John/Kiki Dee’s 1976 smash “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” by Frightened Rabbit and Craig Finn. We haven’t heard the studio version yet, but Finn did show up during the encore of Frightened Rabbit’s Terminal 5 show on Saturday to play Kiki Dee to Scott Hutchison’s Elton John.”
It’s hard to tell by this live rendition if the Scottish rockers, with help from The Hold Steady frontman, are putting a spin or interpretation to the song. But it sounds like they’re playing it straight up and giving the pop/disco confection a bit of grizzled edge to it.