Peter Gabriel covers Arcade Fire, Radiohead, Regina Spektor: When rock worlds collide

Although we haven’t heard any songs from Peter Gabriel‘s upcoming album, Scratch My Back, we’re already fixated on how bizarre and potentially great it could be. The Genesis co-founder just confirmed the track list for his eclectic all-covers record—which includes Arcade Fire, Radiohead, and Bon Iver—though not, sadly, the Vampire Weekend cover he did with Hot Chip:

Scratch Your Back, due in January 2010, isn’t your typical covers album—Gabriel is reinterpreting an array of bands with orchestral re-imaginings. The will be the usual tributes to established icons—David Bowie, Talking Heads, the aforementioned Radiohead—but he also proves he’s been keeping up on groundbreaking music even though his last full-length came out in 2002. The Arcade Fire, the Magnetic Fields, Bon Iver, Elbow and Regina Spektor will all get the orchestral treatment by the man who wants to be your Sledgehammer.

Don’t relax those raised eyebrows yet—apparently, the artists Gabriel reinterprets will be returning the compliment by doing a song of his at some undisclosed point. Maybe the Magnetic Fields will give us droll version of “Solsbury Hill”? We can dream…

We got to thinking about our other favorite crossover moments between indie artists and classic rockers, including some of the above-mentioned artists. Remember when the Thin White Duke performed “Wake Up” with the Arcade Fire? Or more recently, when blue-eyed soul legend Michael McDonald appeared with art-rockers Grizzly Bear (not that we didn’t all see that one coming). And of course, there was the time Daryl Hall had the electro-pop/cheese-funk duo Chromeo over to his house for a jam session.

Any other couplings between established acts and up-and-comers that—in your eyes—we forgot to mention?

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  • Ramo

    It seems Mr. Gabriel has excellent taste.

    • Lisa

      Agreed.

  • crispy

    This is the first I’ve heard about this. It’ll be 8 years since his last album, and he’s doing all covers? Yawn.

  • Brigid

    Magnetic Fields… does that mean I’ll be able to buy “The Book of Love” that was in the Scrubs finale without having to buy the entire soundtrack to “Shall We Dance?” AWESOME!

  • Patricia

    omg more games cnimog for U.S only still waiting for the stupid asses at SCEE 2 hurry up and bring the games.

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