Lemonheads & Liv Tyler Cover Leonard Cohen (Stereogum Premiere)

By Amrit Singh / April 10, 2009 - 10:14 am

For their forthcoming album, the Lemonheads have embraced the twin peaks of their career by going for a full-on covers album entitled VARSHONS. Butthole Surfer Gibby Haynes produces, and Gen X poster girls Liv Tyler and Kate Moss make vocal contributions. Here Liv and Ev take on “Hey, That’ No Way To Say Goodbye,” verses alternating between Dando’s stately tenor and Liv’s whispery bits, while Gibby fleshes out the far background with wind wooshes and flangey, didgeridooey guitars.

Leonard’s back and doing this song for the people himself these days, so here’s the source for comparison’s sake:

The Lemonheads’ VARSHONS is out 6/23 via The End. Here’s the rest of the tracklist:

01 “I Just Can’t Take It Anymore” (Gram Parsons)
02 “Fragile” (Wire)
03 “Layin’ Up With Linda” (G.G. Allin)
04 “Waiting Around To Die” (Townes Van Zandt)
05 “Green Fuz” (Randy Alvey & Green Fuz)
06 “Yesterlove” (Sam Gopal)
07 “Dirty Robot” v/ Kate Moss (Arling & Cameron)
08 “Dandelion Seeds” (July)
09 “Mexico” (Fuckemos)
10 “Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye” f/ Liv Tyler (Leonard Cohen)
11 “Beautiful” (Linda Perry)

Yes, that Kate Moss.

[Photo by Piper Ferguson.]