Wednesday, April 29, 2020

U2 and Joan Jett featured on new T. Rex tribute album

U2 and Joan Jett are just two of the rockers featured on a newly-announced tribute album to UK rockers T. Rex.

Due September 4, “AngelHeaded Hipster: The Songs of Marc Bolan and T. Rex” features new versions of 26 tracks by the pioneering glam rock group from their runs as Tyrannosaurus Rex and T. Rex between 1968-77, and is being previewed with a Nick Cave performance of “Cosmic Dancer” from 1971’s “Electric Warrior.”

U2 teams up with Elton John on T. Rex’s classic, “Bang A Gong (Get It On)”, while Jett delivers her take on “Jeepster”; the lineup also includes contributions from Todd Rundgren, Perry Farrell, David Johansen, Sean Lennon and Victoria Williams, among others

The collection was created by the late Hal Willner, the acclaimed music producer who passed away on April 7 from COVID-19; Willner worked on the project for several years, with sessions spanning continents, from New York, Los Angeles and New Orleans, to London, Paris and Berlin.

“Hal had a unique vision of Marc Bolan's music, and working on AngelHeaded Hipster brought him great joy,” says Rachel Fox, Supervising Producer and longtime Willner collaborator. “Speaking for those closest to him, we will forever be heartbroken at the untimely loss of our beloved friend and irreplaceable creative engine. Hal, who referred to AngelHeaded Hipster as his ‘White Album’, was eager for everyone to hear these beautiful songs and to start thinking about Bolan and T. Rex again. This album is a testament to Hal’s spirit.”

T. Rex founder Bolan released a dozen studio albums with the band before his fall 1977 death from a car accident near his UK home.

T. Rex are among the inductees into the 2020 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, with the ceremony at Cleveland’s Public Auditorium set to take place on Saturday, November 7 and broadcast live by HBO.

Various Artists
“AngelHeaded Hipster: The Songs Of Marc Bolan and T. Rex”

Release date: September 4

Disc 1

01. Children Of The Revolution - Kesha
02. Cosmic Dancer - Nick Cave
03. Jeepster - Joan Jett
04. Scenescof - Devendra Banhart
05. Life’s A Gas - Lucinda Williams
06. Solid Gold, Easy Action - Peaches
07. Dawn Storm - BØRNS
08. Hippy Gumbo - Beth Orton
09. I Love To Boogie - King Khan
10. Beltane Walk - Gaby Moreno
11. Bang A Gong (Get It On) - U2 feat. Elton John
12. Diamond Meadows - John Cameron Mitchell
13. Ballrooms Of Mars - Emily Haines

Disc 2

01. Main Man - Father John Misty
02. Rock On - Perry Farrell
03. The Street and Babe Shadow - Elysian Fields
04. The Leopards - Gavin Friday
05. Metal Guru - Nena
06. Teenage Dream - Marc Almond
07. Organ Blues - Helga Davis
08. Planet Queen - Todd Rundgren
09. Great Horse - Jessie Harris
10. Mambo Sun - Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl
11. Pilgrim’s Tale - Victoria Williams with Julian Lennon
12. Bang A Gong (Get It On) Reprise - David Johansen

See also:

2020 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony rescheduled
2020 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony postponed
The Doobie Brothers and T. Rex among 2020 Rock Hall inductees
Judas Priest and Soundgarden among top Rock Hall fan votes
Search T. Rex at hennemusic