The artists for the latest War Child compilation Heroes have been announced and amongst the artists having a go at songs in the popular music canon are Beck, TV on the Radio, Scissor Sisters, Hot Chip, Estelle and Elbow.
The original artists were asked to choose a song from their back catalogue and to nominate an artist to cover them. So we have Bowie picking TV on the Radio, Bob Dylan picking Beck, Mick Jones picking Lily Allen, The Boss picking The Hold Steady and so on. It’s like a game of rounders expect with bloody rock legends picking on young new stars!
1 Beck – ‘Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat’ (Bob Dylan)
2 Scissor Sisters – ‘Do The Strand’ (Roxy Music)
3 Lily Allen ft Mick Jones – ‘Straight To Hell’ (The Clash)
4 Duffy – ‘Live And Let Die’ (Wings)
5 Elbow – ‘Running To Stand Still’ (U2)
6 TV On The Radio – ‘Heroes’ (David Bowie)
7 Hot Chip – ‘Transmission’ (Joy Division)
8 The Kooks – ‘Victoria’ (The Kinks)
9 Estelle – ‘Superstition’ (Stevie Wonder)
10 Rufus Wainwright – ‘Wonderful/Song For Children’ (Brian Wilson)
11 Peaches – ‘Search And Destroy’ (Iggy And The Stooges)
12 The Hold Steady – Bruce Springsteen’s “Atlantic City”
13 The Like – ‘You Belong To Me’ (Elvis Costello)
14 Yeah Yeah Yeahs – ‘Sheena Is A Punk Rocker’ (The Ramones)
15 Franz Ferdinand – ‘Call Me’ (Blondie)
Heroes is out on the 16th of February.
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