After covering Sharon Van Etten’s “Peace Signs,” IDLES have released a raucous cover of Gang Of Four’s “Damaged Goods.”
The rowdy reworking of the anti-capitalist anthem was recorded for The Problem of Leisure: A Celebration Of Andy Gill And Gang Of Four, a covers album paying tribute to guitarist Andy Gill, who passed away last year. Staying pretty true to the original tune, frontman Joe Talbot’s raspy, aggressive vocals make it even more anthemic.
“IDLES does not exist without Gang Of Four,” the band explain of the cover. “‘Damaged Goods’ still sounds new and exciting after the millionth listen. We jumped at the chance to just play it, let alone record it. It was an honour, a joy and a privilege.”
Listen to “Damaged Goods” below.
Gill’s widow Catherine Mayer put together a small team to complete the album after her husband’s passing. “There was never any doubt in my mind that I should finish what Andy had started,” Mayer says. “He took so much pleasure from hearing from artists which track they had chosen and why. He was delighted by the tracks he lived long enough to hear.”
The Problem of Leisure: A Celebration Of Andy Gill And Gang Of Four is set for release on June 4th.