Arcade Fire, Lou Reed, David Byrne, Bon Iver, Brian Eno and a host of other artists will be giving ol’ Peter Gabriel the covers treatment, with an album featuring reworked songs of the Sledgehammer hitmaker entitled And I’ll Scratch Yours set for release this spring.
The album is a sequel of sorts to Scratch My Back, a 2010 cover album by Gabriel, where he recorded his version of tracks by mainly the same artists. The 63-year-old released a statement on his website explaining the concept:
“Rather than make a traditional covers record, I thought it would be much more fun to create a new type of project in which artists communicated with each other and swapped a song for a song, i.e. you do one of mine and I’ll do one of yours, hence the title.”
Radiohead and Neil Young were unfortunately unable to return the favour and contribute a song to And I’ll Scratch Yours, but Feist and Joseph Arthur have stepped up to fill the void, covering Shock The Monkey and Don’t Give Up respectively. Expected highlights from the album include Arcade Fire’s version of Games Without Frontiers and Lou Reed’s almost unrecognisable take on Solsbury Hill.
And I’ll Scratch Yours is released on 23rd September and will be available both as a standalone album and as a double CD with Scratch My Back, as the man himself intended.
Scratch My Back Tracklisting
David Byrne – I Don’t Remember
Bon Iver – Come Talk to Me
Regina Spektor – Blood of Eden
Stephin Merritt – Not One of Us
Joseph Arthur – Shock the Monkey
Randy Newman – Big Time
Arcade Fire – Games Without Frontiers
Elbow – Mercy Street
Brian Eno – Mother of Violence
Feist feat. Timber Timbre – Don’t Give Up
Lou Reed – Solsbury Hill
Paul Simon – Biko