Black Does Iggy, Sweet Covers Petty On 'Reunion'
Originally planned for a September release, the compilation "High School Reunion: A Tribute to Those Great 80s Films" will now arrive Dec. 1 via American Laundromat and Face Down Records.Originally planned for a September release, the compilation "High School Reunion: A Tribute to Those Great 80s Films" will now arrive Dec. 1 via American Laundromat and Face Down Records. As previously reported, the set features artists covering tracks that first appeared in such classics as "Fast Times at Ridgemont High," "Pretty in Pink," "Say Anything" and "Ferris Bueller's Day Off."
Beyond previously announced contributors Kristin Hersh, Lori McKenna, John Strohm and the Caulfield Sisters, the compilation also features songs from Frank Black (Iggy Pop's "Repo Man," from "Repo Man"), Matthew Sweet (Tom Petty's "American Girl" from "Fast Times") and Dresden Dolls (Psychedelic Furs' "Pretty in Pink").
"I think it came out good except for one line," Black tells Billboard.com of his contribution. "I couldn't find an actual copy, so in the middle of a [Pixies] tour I got the lyrics on the Internet, which I in turn was correcting from memory [laughs]. There's one line where I couldn't remember how Iggy did the timing. It's like an extra line, so I just inserted it my own way, so it might sound dumb."
"My fiancée, Violet Clark, sings on it and some kid from Connecticut plays all the instruments," Black continues. "Our lighting guy, Miles, has a studio in Hartford so this was a kid who does work with him sometimes. I called him and said, 'Do it up! I'll be in to sing it in a couple of weeks!' It's like a keyboard/film soundtrack soundscape. We didn't do it like Iggy and Steve Jones."
For the full "High School Reunion" track list, visit American Laundromat's Web site.