On its forthcoming album "eMOTIVe," A Perfect Circle offers a pack of 10 covers and two new songs.
On its forthcoming album "eMOTIVe," A Perfect Circle offers a pack of 10 covers and two new songs. Bandleader Maynard James Keenan's description of the set as "a collection of songs about war, peace, love and greed" couldn't be more accurate, as the band has reinterpreted songs of revolution by singer/songwriters and punks and from the worlds of blues, soul and new wave.
As previously reported, the album is due on the U.S. Election Day (Nov. 2) and is preceded by the single "Counting Bodies Like Sheep to the Rhythm of the War Drums." An anti-war/George Bush animated video is posted on the band's Web site along with a pro-voting message from Keenan.
In addition to previously announced versions of John Lennon's "Imagine," Marvin Gaye's "What's Goin On" and Fear's "Let's Have a War," Billboard.com can exclusively reveal that "eMOTIVe" includes renditions of songs by Joni Mitchell, Devo, Depeche Mode and Black Flag, as well as the original song "Passive."
The set opens with APC's take on "Annihilation" by short-lived, politically charged San Francisco punk act Crucifix and also features a take of Black Flag's snarling "Gimme Gimme Gimme."
Keenan and his bandmates also reinterpret Mitchell's "Fiddle and the Drum," an intimate, war-questioning cut from her 1969 masterpiece "Clouds"; the Nick Lowe-written, Elvis Costello-popularized "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace Love and Understanding"; and the Memphis Minnie blues classic "When the Levee Breaks," most famously covered by Led Zeppelin.
Delving into new wave, APC takes on the title track of Devo's 1980 hit album "Freedom of Choice" and Depeche Mode's breakthrough single about compassion, "People Are People."
Just two weeks after the release of the covers album, A Perfect Circle will release "aMOTION," a remix CD and DVD package with live clips.
Here is the "eMOTIVe" track list:
"(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace Love and Understanding"
"Counting Bodies Like Sheep to the Rhythm of the War Drums"
"What's Going On"
"When the Levee Breaks"
"Freedom of Choice"
"People Are People"
"Gimmie Gimmie Gimmie"
"Let's Have a War"
"Fiddle and the Drum"