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‘War Child: Heroes’ - Stars Cover Their Idols For Charity

Published: Fri February 06, 2009  News Feed

‘War Child: Heroes’ is an unprecedented collaboration between music’s most heralded legends and the finest current artists.

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Franz Ferdinand, one of the many stars contributing to the new War Child album

We asked 15 ultimate icons to select a favourite song from their classic back catalogue and to nominate the new act they most trust to create a unique interpretation of that hand-picked track.

This album is the result: 15 exclusive and breath-taking cover versions. The album will be released in the UK by Parlophone and internationally by EMI on February 16, and before that Dolphin will be writing features about the artists who contributed for the album - one artist every day, from Monday 9th February!


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War Child:Heroes brings together 15 of the hottest contemporary artists in the music industry to record cover versions of classic tracks by 15 musical legends who have collectively sold more than 1.4 billion albums.

This is War Chid's fifth album and since we released Help! back in 1995 we've been lucky enough to count on the support of the finest musicians on the planet.

Heroes: the artists

Heroes artists

The tracklisting of the War Child 'Heroes' album will be:

Beck - Bob Dylan's 'Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat'
Scissor Sisters - Roxy Music's 'Do The Strand'
Lily Allen ft Mick Jones - The Clash's 'Straight To Hell'
Duffy - Wings' 'Live And Let Die'
Elbow - U2's 'Running To Stand Still'
TV On The Radio - David Bowie's 'Heroes'
Hot Chip - Joy Division's 'Transmission'
The Kooks - The Kinks' 'Victoria'
Estelle - Stevie Wonder's 'Superstition'
Rufus Wainwright - Brian Wilson's 'Wonderful/Song For Children'
Peaches - Iggy And The Stooges' 'Search And Destroy'
The Hold Steady - Bruce Springsteen's 'Atlantic City'
The Like - Elvis Costello's 'You Belong To Me'
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - The Ramones' 'Sheena Is A Punk Rocker'
Franz Ferdinand - Blondie's 'Call Me'

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the story behind the album


In devising the concept behind this album - inviting musical legends to place their faith in the next generation – we sought to mirror War Child’s work. We feel the reaction was fittingly awesome.

David Bowie and Sir Paul McCartney were the first legends to lend their support and they selected two of 2008’s most acclaimed artists: Welsh singer Duffy, whose debut album 'Rockferry’ has sold 4m copies and marked her out as one of the year’s freshest talents; and New York art-rock outfit TV On The Radio, the coolest, most critically-lauded act of the year thanks to their outstanding album ‘Dear Science’.

These first selections would set a sharp template and a high bar. The rest of our stellar cast were not far behind in coming on board and their nominations did not disappoint. The pairings would throw up some astonishing, historic moments.

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