Top Acts Record Covers For NME 'War Child' Set
Oasis, Prodigy, Sugababes, Starsailor, and a host of mostly U.K. acts are banding together for weekly rock magazine New Musical Express' (NME) new album project to benefit the War Child charity. The "Oasis, Prodigy, Sugababes, Starsailor, and a host of mostly U.K. acts are banding together for weekly rock magazine New Musical Express' (NME) new album project to benefit the War Child charity. The "1 Love" compilation will feature the performers recording new versions of their favorite U.K. chart-topping singles of the past.
Prodigy gets the disc's only double-dip, as the act contributes a cover of the Specials' 1981 hit "Ghost Town" and also has its own 1996 breakthrough "Firestarter" interpreted on the disc by Jimmy Eat World. Other notable inclusions are Oasis' cover of Slade's "Merry Xmas Everybody" and Badly Drawn Boy's take on Dexy's Midnight Runners' 1982 classic "Come on Eileen."
Elsewhere on the disc, McAlmont and Butler take on Take That's 1995 boy-band smash "Back for Good," while R&B sensation Ms. Dynamite, who recently won the Panasonic Mercury Music Prize for her album "A Little Deeper" (Polydor), contributes her take on Soul II Soul's ubiquitous 1989 chart-topper "Back to Life." Dido also reunites with her ex-band Faithless for a version of Beats International's "Dub Be Good 2 Me."
The project echoes NME's 1995 War Child benefit album "Help: A Charity Project for the Children of Bosnia," which featured 20 songs recorded by U.K. musical stars over the course of a single day, and released a week later. That set featured contributions from Oasis, Blur, Suede, Radiohead, Sinead O'Connor, and Portishead, among others.
War Child is a worldwide network of organizations helping to support children affected by wars. For more information, visit its official Web site.
Here is the track listing for "1 Love," with original artist and year in which it the song topped the U.K. singles chart in parentheses:
"All or Nothing," Starsailor (Small Faces, 1966)
"The Power of Love," Feeder (Frankie Goes To Hollywood, 1984)
"Killer," Sugababes (Adamski, 1990)
"House of the Rising Son," the Muse (the Animals, 1964)
"Nothing Compares 2 U," Stereophonics (Sinead O' Connor, 1990)
"Dub Be Good 2 Me," Faithless/Dido (Beats International, 1990)
"Merry Xmas Everybody," Oasis (Slade, 1973)
"Something in the Air," Elbow (Thunderclap Newman, 1969)
"Back to Life (However Do You Want Me)," Ms. Dynamite (Soul II Soul, 1989)
"Out Of Time," Manic Street Preachers (Chris Farlowe, 1966)
"Come on Eileen," Badly Drawn Boy (Dexy's Midnight Runners, 1982)
"Ghost Town," Prodigy (the Specials, 1981)
"Firestarter," Jimmy Eat World (Prodigy, 1996)
"Back for Good," McAlmont and Butler (Take That, 1995)
"Pretty Flamingo," Darius (Manfred Mann, 1966)
"Dreams," More Fire Crew (Gabrielle, 1993)