Jack White, Depeche Mode, Patti Smith to cover U2's 'Achtung Baby'

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Et tu, Achtung?

These days, you can’t throw a John Fluevog boot without hitting a ’90s tribute album.

Spin recently got indie-rockers including Surfer Blood and Jeff the Brotherhood to make a pretty good one with Newermind, a Nirvana tribute released on the 20th anniversary of Nevermind. Stereogum.com has done the same for Radiohead’s OK Computer, Bjork’s Post, and R.E.M.’s Automatic for the People.

And today, Bono confirmed that Jack White, Patti Smith, Depeche Mode, Damien Rice and others will cover songs from U2’s Achtung Baby for an album commissioned by the U.K. rock magazine Q.

White, who played with U2’s the Edge in the documentary It Might Get Loud, has chosen “Love Is Blindness.” Smith’s claiming “Until the End of the World.” Depeche Mode will cover “So Cruel.” And Rice will play “One,” a song he once performed in a busking duet with Bono.

The rest of the lineup hasn’t been announced, nor has the release date. But maybe U2 should add Coldplay to that list? We all know how much Bono loves Chris Martin.

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  • nunnya

    Sweet! It will be good to hear Depeche Mode covering someone else and not vice versa.

    • TJ

      I thought the same thing, lol;-)

      • Mike

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  • Flip

    Was One the only hit from that album?

    • steph

      Nah, Mysterious Ways is on Achtung too.

      • RT

        The hits from this album were “The Fly,” “Mysterious Ways,” “One,” “Even Better Than the Real Thing,” and “Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses.”

  • steph

    Achtung ekes out Joshua Tree as my favorite U2 album, and I think this could be a pretty great tribue. Jack White doing “Love is Blindness” has already won me over. I wonder who will do “Ultraviolet”?

  • Esox

    Would love to see Foo Fighters tackle “The Fly.”

  • NonEntity

    I say we should wait about fifty more years to do any nineties covers. This will avoid a critical mass of ear pain from all the hyped up payola soaked junk produced in that decade.

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