Friday, November 13, 2009


Old Foxhead is back.

Peter Gabriel has announced the track list for his new album, Scratch My Back, due January 25, 2010. This is the first album in a series that will find Gabriel and various other musicians covering each others' material. It was produced by the great Bob Ezrin and features Gabriel tackling a deliciously odd array of tracks from such disparate acts ranging from Radiohead to Randy Newman to the Magnetic Fields to Lou Reed to Paul Simon to Bon Iver.

Gabriel is working with John Metcalfe to re-imagine the compositions. Metcalfe had this to say:

"I have been busy working closely with Peter Gabriel on his Scratch My Back project. This is a song swap with some of the world's most legendary artists and is due for release in the Spring. My role has been to re-interpret the music of the song's he has chosen to cover - quite honerous as some of the songs are among the best known in the last 40 years. The album will be acoustic, using only orchestral instruments (no guitars, drums or world instruments) and range in size from sparse chamber music to a much fuller orchestral sounds. We recently recorded the orchestra at Air Lyndhurst studios (George Martin's studio) in London which was an enormous thrill hearing my arrangements performed by some of the best performers in the U.K. The producer of the album is Canadian legend Bob Ezrin who has recorded dozens of classic albums including Pink Floyd's The Wall. We performed one of the songs, Paul Simon's 'Boy In The Bubble' at Womad back in July. I have been working a lot down at Real World studios editing and mixing and will be continuing with that in the Autumn and it's been a huge privilege to work with the great man."

The track listing for Scratch My Back reads as follows:

Heroes (David Bowie)
The Boy In The Bubble (Paul Simon)
Mirrorball (Elbow)
Flume (Bon Iver)
Listening Wind (Talking Heads)
The Power Of The Heart (Lou Reed)
My Body Is A Cage (Arcade Fire)
The Book Of Love (The Magnetic Fields)
I Think It's Going To Rain Today (Randy Newman)
Apres Moi (Regina Spektor)
Philadelphia (Neil Young)
Street Spirit (Radiohead)

For more information, visit Mr. Gabriel's Web site.

Peter Gabriel performing "Sledgehammer" in Argentina, 2009:

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