Bon Iver, Arcade Fire, and More Cover Peter Gabriel
  • MONDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2013

  • Posted by: Matt Howard

Peter Gabriel's quirky-titled covers project Scratch My Back and I'll Scratch Yours has been a long time in the making. After first releasing his own collection of big-name covers back in 2010, the follow-up will finally be released on January 7th via Real World Records.

Gabriel's original idea was to cover fellow artists' tunes with hope that they'd return the favor. It's been nearly four years in the making, and although a few neglected to give his back a tickle—namely David Bowie, Neil Young and Radiohead—Gabriel was fortunate enough to find a few understudies in Feist, Brian Eno and Joseph Arthur. Apparently Radiohead had committed to cover "Wallflower", but backed out after hearing Gabriel's "Street Spirit (Fade Out)"—a bit harsh...

You can now stream both albums in their entirety. The most notable covers on And I'll Scratch Yours—although some have been heard over the past four years—come as Bon Iver's "Come Talk to Me", Arcade Fire's "Games Without Frontiers" and the late Lou Reed's "Solsbury Hill". Stream the albums via NPR here.

Scratch My Back Tracklist:
01. David Bowie "Heroes"
02. Radiohead "Street Spirit (Fade Out)"
03. Magnetic Fields "The Book Of Love"
04. Bon Iver "Flume"
05. Arcade Fire "My Body Is A Cage"
06. Randy Newman "I Think It's Going to Rain Today"
07. Regina Spektor "Aprs Moi"
08. The Kinks "Waterloo Sunset"
09. Paul Simon "The Boy In The Bubble"
10. Lou Reed "The Power Of The Heart"
11. Neil Young "Philadelphia"
12. Elbow "Mirrorball"

And I'll Scratch Yours Tracklist:
01. David Byrne "I Don't Remember"
02. Bon Iver "Come Talk to Me"
03. Regina Spektor "Blood of Eden"
04. Stephin Merritt "Not One of Us"
05. Joseph Arthur "Shock the Monkey"
06. Randy Newman "Big Time"
07. Arcade Fire "Games Without Frontiers"
08. Elbow "Mercy Street"
09. Brian Eno "Mother of Violence"
10. Feist "Don't Give Up" [feat. Timber Timbre]
11. Lou Reed "Solsbury Hill"
12. Paul Simon "Biko"

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