Published Apr 28, 2011The late, great Buddy Holly was one of the first rockers to truly make an impression on the pop music scene, leaving in his wake a number of still-classic cuts like "Peggy Sue" and "Oh Boy." Clearly, the one-time Crickets leader is still inspiring modern music's players: a new tribute album to the icon has just been announced.
Rave On Buddy Holly, a new collection coming out June 28 via Fantasy Records/Concord Music Group, features 19 reinterpretations of Holly's most beloved work. These aren't straight-up covers, however. A press release for the set explains that each artist involved in the project "clearly felt free to explore radically new interpretations." British pop outfit Florence and the Machine, for instance, are said to "bring an industrial New Orleans vibe" to the legendary chug of "Not Fade Away."
"As the tracks from various contributors were gathered for the album, we seemed to be gathering pieces of a complex and original puzzle... that traces back to the roots of rock'n'roll and shapes so much of the music that followed," project supervisor Randall Poster explained in a statement.
Other musicians stamping their individual touches to the Holly tunes include Paul McCartney doing "It's So Easy," Lou Reed tackling "Peggy Sue," the Stokes' Julian Casablancas doing "Rave On" and blues rockers the Black Keys taking on "Dearest," not to mention even more contributions from the likes of Modest Mouse, She & Him, My Morning Jacket and Patti Smith. Check out the full tracklisting below.
Rave On Buddy Holly:
1. The Black Keys "Dearest"
2. Fiona Apple and Jon Brion "Every Day"
3. Paul McCartney "It's So Easy"
4. Florence and the Machine "Not Fade Away"
5. Cee-Lo "(You're So Square) Baby, I Don't Care"
6. Karen Elson "Crying, Waiting, Hoping"
7. Julian Casablancas "Rave On"
8. Jenny O. "I'm Gonna Love You Too"
9. Justin Townes Earle "Maybe Baby"
10. She & Him "Oh Boy"
11. Nick Lowe "Changing All Those Changes"
12. Patti Smith "Words of Love"
13. My Morning Jacket "True Love Ways"
14. Modest Mouse "That'll Be the Day"
15. Kid Rock "Well… All Right"
16. Detroit Cobras "Heartbeat"
17. Lou Reed "Peggy Sue"
18. John Doe "Peggy Sue Got Married"
19. Graham Nash "Raining in My Heart"