Peter Gabriel released his cover album Scratch My Back back in 2010 on which he covered songs by artists such as Bon Iver, Radiohead, Paul Simon and Lou Reed. Now it’s their turn to reinterpret his songs with And I’ll Scratch Yours, the concluding part of Gabriel’s song exchange which will be released on 23rd September through Real World. It features some great covers by Joseph Arthur, Feist, Lou Reed, Arcade Fire, Elbow and Regina Spektor.
Peter was delighted with how many artists signed up for the project and bearing in mind the calibre and careers of those artists whose songs he selected, it’s rather incredible that all but two songwriters, which included Radiohead, were able to reciprocate. For those uncompleted swaps, Joseph Arthur and Feist Ft. Timber Timbre willingly entered the fray with their respective versions of Shock The Monkey and Don’t Give Up.
The reciprocating artists opted for differing approaches to Peter’s songs. A few chose to radically reinterpret the original material, in the process leaving it barely recognizable – Lou Reed‘s snarling Solsbury Hill or the frighteningly futuristic version of Mother Of Violence by Brian Eno, co-writer of David Bowie’s Heroes covered by Gabriel on ‘Scratch My Back‘. Other contributors include Arcade Fire (Games Without Frontiers), Elbow (Mercy Street) and Regina Spektor (Blood Of Eden).
Bon Iver – Come Talk To Me
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Feist Ft. Timber Timbre – Don’t Give Up
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Paul Simon – Biko
The full track listing for ‘And I’ll Scratch Yours’ is:
|I Don’t Remember||David Byrne|
|Come Talk to Me||Bon Iver|
|Blood of Eden||Regina Spektor|
|Not One of Us||Stephin Merritt|
|Shock the Monkey||Joseph Arthur|
|Big Time||Randy Newman|
|Games Without Frontiers||Arcade Fire|
|Mother of Violence||Brian Eno|
|Don’t Give Up||Feist feat. Timber Timbre|
|Solsbury Hill||Lou Reed|