Tuesday, January 13, 2009

New Warchild Comp Is A Indie "Who's Who" Of Cover Songs

The War Child organization has a long standing history of releasing notable music compilations that benefit children who have been adversely affected by the effects of war. (Affect? Effect? Did we get that right? Ugh.) Over the past 20 or so years, the organization has floated comps that are a real draw for fans, featuring a notable number of rare and unreleased tracks.

They're not showing any signs of slowing down, and the latest release Heroes is on tap to be released on February 24th. The record features a crew of current indie rock heavy hitters covering what appears to be a revue of relevant rock from the years of 1975 - 1985(ish). Apparently the theme of the release is "faith in the next generation", hence all the new-ish artists covering old(er) tunes.

We have to admit, the selection of songs is fantastic, and the artist lineup certainly has an air of integrity about it. Given that the comp benefits a reputable charity, and clocks in at a whopping sixteen tracks, we'd venture to say you can't really go wrong with this one.

Heroes is in stores February 24th.

1. Beck (Bob Dylan - "Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat")
2. The Kooks (The Kinks - "Victoria")
3. The Hold Steady (Bruce Springsteen - "Atlantic City")
4. Hot Chip (Joy Division - "Transmission")
5. Lily Allen feat. Mick Jones (The Clash - "Straight To Hell")
6. Yeah Yeah Yeahs (The Ramones - "Sheena Is A Punk Rocker")
7. Franz Ferdinand (Blondie - "Call Me")
8. Duffy (Paul McCartney - "Live And Let Die")
9. Estelle (Stevie Wonder - "Superstition")
10. Rufus Wainwright (Brian Wilson -" Wonderful & Song For Children")
11. Scissor Sisters (Roxy Music - "Do The Strand")
12. Peaches (Iggy Pop - "Search And Destroy")
13. Adam Cohen (Leonard Cohen - "Take This Waltz")
14. Elbow (U2 - "Running To Stand Still")
15. The Like (Elvis Costello - "You Belong To Me")
16. TV On The Radio (David Bowie - "Heroes")