MARTYN WARE’S (HUMAN LEAGUE, HEAVEN 17) BRITISH ELECTRIC FOUNDATION SET TO RELEASE ‘DARK’ JUNE 11TH ON THE END RECORDS
ROLLING STONE PREMIERES BOY GEORGE ‘I WANNA BE YOUR DOG’
New York, NY – (May 1, 2013) – On June 11, 2013, The End Records will release theBritish Electric Foundation’s – Dark. The third album in a cult favorite series- Music of Quality and Distinction, Dark is an indulgent collaboration of renowned artists reworking some of the world’s most popular songs. The compilation showcases performances by Kim Wilde, Boy George, Kate Jackson, and Andy Bell amongst others, covering your favorite songs from Stevie Wonder, The Beach Boys, Iggy Pop, Blondie, ABBA and many more.
Rolling Stone calls Boy George’s rendition of the Iggy Pop classic ‘I Wanna Be Your Dog’, “A startlingly menacing take on the classic track. Though the original drove forward with a searing riff, cacophonous drums and Iggy’s gritty, deliberate vocals, George turns the song into an increasingly sinister plot. Vicious strings swoop over George’s dark vocals while the mid-tempo drums stay out of way, creating a theatrical and shadowy atmosphere.”
British Electric Foundation is Martyn Ware’s production alias, created after his departure from the Human League and just before the formation of Heaven 17. The legendary “Music for Stowaways” cassette and the two “Music of Quality & Distinction” albums (vol 1 1981, vol 2 1992) have become cult releases, featuring pioneering collaborations with artists includingTina Turner, Sandie Shaw, Erasure, Terence Trent D’Arby amongst many others.
Following the critically acclaimed debut live performance by B.E.F. at London’s Roundhouse last October, Martyn has finished “Music of Quality & Distinction Vol. 3 – Dark”. This time the concept of the album is dark interpretations of originally upbeat songs. Recording has now been completed featuring contributions from Boy George, Sandie Shaw, Kim Wild, Green Gartside (Scritti Politti), Andy Bell (Erasure), Shingai Shinowa (The Noisettes), Sarah Jane Morris, together with Glenn Gregory from Heaven 17 and contemporary artists Kate Jackson, Polly Scattergood, David J Roch, Billie Godfrey, Max Pokrovsky and Kelly Barnes.
“I’m so proud to work on a B.E.F project, how fantastic to be part of an array of wonderful artists coming together under one vision. I’ve always been a huge Stevie Wonder fan, Martyn and I are really pleased with the result of ‘I Go Wild’.” – Kim Wilde
01. Kim Wilde “Every Time I See You I Go Wild” (Stevie Wonder cover)
02. Green Gartside “Didn’t I Blow Your Mind This Time?” (The Delfonics cover)
03. Sarah Jane Morris “Don’t Wanna Know” (John Martyn cover)
04. Kate Jackson “Picture This” (Blondie cover)
05. Andy Bell “Breathing” (Kate Bush cover)
06. Glenn Gregory “It Was A Very Good Year” (Frank Sinatra cover)
07. Boy George “I Wanna Be Your Dog” (Iggy Pop cover)
08. David J. Roch “Same Love” (Bill Withers cover)
09. Shingai Shoniwa “God Only Knows” (The Beach Boys cover)
10. Boy George “Make Up” (Lou Reed cover)
11. Sandie Shaw “Just Walk In My Shoes” (Gladys Knight and The Pips cover)
12. Polly Scattergood “The Look Of Love” (Dusty Springfield cover)
13. Glenn Gregory “Party Fears Two” (The Associates cover)
14. Billie Godfrey “Smalltown Boy” (Bronski Beat cover)
15. Max Pokrovsky “The Day Before” You Came (ABBA cover)
16. Kelly Barnes “Copilot To Pilot” (Teena Marie cover)
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