Tuesday, January 20, 2009

War Child Heroes Compilation / Lily Allen - Straight To Hell

You've probably heard by now, but War Child has a new benefit compilation coming out. Their previous effort was a straightforward affair featuring some of your favorite artists (Check it here). The new discs concept is a great one: Classic artists choose their favorite new artists to cover one of their songs. Some of the tracks could be questionable, but how can one not be excited about The Hold Steady doing Springsteen or TVOTR doing Bowie? The album is due out in the US on February 16th via Astralwerks. See the full tracklist below:
  1. Beck: "Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat" (Bob Dylan cover)
  2. The Kooks: "Victoria" (Kinks cover)
  3. The Hold Steady: "Atlantic City" (Bruce Springsteen cover)
  4. Hot Chip: "Transmission" (Joy Division cover)
  5. Lily Allen ft. Mick Jones: "Straight to Hell" (Clash cover)
  6. Yeah Yeah Yeahs: "Sheena Is a Punk Rocker" (Ramones cover)
  7. Franz Ferdinand: "Call Me" (Blondie cover)
  8. Duffy: "Live and Let Die" (Paul McCartney cover)
  9. Estelle: "Superstition" (Stevie Wonder cover)
  10. Rufus Wainwright: "Wonderful / Song for Children" (Brian Wilson covers)
  11. Scissor Sisters: "Do the Strand" (Roxy Music cover)
  12. Peaches: "Search and Destroy" (The Stooges cover)
  13. Adam Cohen: "Take This Waltz" (Leonard Cohen cover)
  14. Elbow: "Running to Stand Still" (U2 cover)
  15. The Like: "You Belong to Me" (Elvis Costello cover)
  16. TV on the Radio: "'Heroes'" (David Bowie cover)
Also, the first track from the album has leaked: Lily Allen (along with Mick Jones of The Clash) Doing the Clash's Straight To Hell. This song should sound vaguely familiar, as the guitar line from the original was used in one of last years biggest radio hits (M.I.A.'s Paper Planes). Lily does a straightforward, if not a little aloof version. It was one of The Clash's finest songs, and, while it's a cover, it's a good one. Check out the cover and original below:

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