New Elbow – “Running To Stand Still” (U2 Cover)

War Child’s latest covers compilation is shaping up to be the second best charity album of the year. Which is not that impressive since it’s only January, but Heroes is still something to be excited about. Over the last few weeks we’ve highlighted contributions from Lily Allen, TV On The Radio, and Hot Chip. Now you can hear a faithful rendition of U2’s heroin addict piano ballad “Running To Stand Still,” courtesy of Merc Prize winners Elbow.

According to the charity’s site, Elbow were nominated for the job by U2 themselves, who also selected the song. From the 1999 Joshua Tree edition of the Classic Albums TV series, here’s Daniel Lanois, Brian Eno, the Edge, and Bono revisiting the original demo of “Running To Stand Still”:

Great doc, you should watch the whole thing.

War Child: Heroes is out 2/16 on Parlophone.