Peter Gabriel’s first album in seven years is a Bob Ezrin-produced orchestral covers collection called Scratch My Back. It reportedly features reinterpretations of the folks mentioned above along with Elbow, the Kinks, Talking Heads, Lou Reed, David Bowie, and Neil Young. It’s being called a “song swap,” which implies some artists will also cover Gabriel, or each other, though we don’t have all the details just yet. We do have a video of Gabriel and a string section doing Paul Simon’s “Boy In The Bubble,” before which he explains the project and introduces collaborator John Metcalfe, who’s said (at Gabriel’s site) that the album is acoustic, sans guitars, drums or “world instruments.” So, many strings. This take on the Graceland opener happened at the WOMAD festival in July. We also have a possible Scratch My Back tracklist, but you know how those things go.
The “alleged tracklist” via NME:
’”Heroes”’ – David Bowie
“Street Spirit (Fade Out)” – Radiohead
“The Book Of Love” – Magnetic Fields
“Flume” – Bon Iver
“My Body Is A Cage” – Arcade Fire
“Listening Wind” – Talking Heads
“I Think It’s Going to Rain Today” – Randy Newman
“Après Moi” – Regina Spektor or Eartha Kitt
“Waterloo Sunset” – The Kinks
“The Boy In The Bubble” – Paul Simon
“The Power Of The Heart” – Lou Reed
“Philadelphia” – Neil Young
“Mirrorball” – Elbow
Nope, no Vampire Weekend.
The “Book Of Love” cover is presumably this version that Gabriel recorded for the Shall We Dance soundtrack in 2004.
Look for Scratch My Back in early spring 2010.