The Walkmen

The Walkmen have just finished recording the follow up to their awesome, awesome 2010 album Lisbon, which is obviously great news. And to blow off steam after the recording sessions, they got together with producer Phil Ek to cover a medley of classic U2 jams: “Pride (In The Name Of Love),” “With Or Without You,” “Sunday Bloody Sunday.” The Walkmen versions are sloppy, slaphappy, and not entirely serious, but it’s still a treat to hear Hamilton Leithauser wrap his voice around some of those big notes and to hear that amazing rhythm section transforming their source material into something resembling funk. Listen to the medley below at the Walkmen’s site (via Pitchfork).

Incidentally, U2′s The Joshua Tree turns 25 tomorrow. We might have something to say about that.

Comments (8)
  1. U2 should cover the walkmen, cause the walkmen are so much better.

  2. Poor choice.

  3. I guess I’ll be the one to offer the opinion that U2 aren’t half as bad as everyone makes them out to be, even today.

  4. Yeah, well, I just hope Danger Mouse can wrangle them in. Simplify the production. More drums (duh).

    Always a decent band (U2), but overproduction has killed them since All That You Can’t Leave Behind (some gems on that one though).

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