New War Child Compilation Features Covers From Some Awesome Bands

For the new War Child compilation album, the concept is simple.  The biggest legends in music history selected one of their own personal favorite songs and nominated a band from this generation to create a modern twist on that classic song.  The album entitled Heroes, named after the David Bowie song (covered by TV on The Radio) is in support of a great cause that largely goes unnoticed, children who live with the horrible affects of war.

The album was recorded over six months in studios in London, Manchester, Paris, Berlin, New York and Los Angeles. It was mastered at Abbey Road studios in London.  It will be released in the UK by Parlophone and internationally by EMI on February 16th.  The U.S. version (different order on the tracklisting and one extra song, Adam Cohen's cover of Leonard Cohen's "Take This Waltz") will get a release date of February 24th via Astralwerks.  Canadians can get their hands on it March 3rd via Quebecor.  Heroes is War Child's fifth album, dating back to 1995's legendary Help album.  War Child's albums have won awards at the Brit Awards, as well as from Q and NME.

The tracklist in full: (U.S. Version)

  1. Beck: "Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat" (Bob Dylan cover) :: info ::
  2. The Kooks: "Victoria" (Kinks cover) :: info ::
  3. The Hold Steady: "Atlantic City" (Bruce Springsteen cover) :: info ::
  4. Hot Chip: "Transmission" (Joy Division cover) :: info ::
  5. Lily Allen ft. Mick Jones: "Straight to Hell" (Clash cover) :: info ::
  6. Yeah Yeah Yeahs: "Sheena Is a Punk Rocker" (Ramones cover) :: info ::
  7. Franz Ferdinand: "Call Me" (Blondie cover) :: info ::
  8. Duffy: "Live and Let Die" (Paul McCartney cover) :: info ::
  9. Estelle: "Superstition" (Stevie Wonder cover) :: info ::
  10. Rufus Wainwright: "Wonderful / Song for Children" (Brian Wilson covers) :: info ::
  11. Scissor Sisters: "Do the Strand" (Roxy Music cover) :: info ::
  12. Peaches: "Search and Destroy" (The Stooges cover) :: info ::
  13. Adam Cohen: "Take This Waltz" (Leonard Cohen cover)
  14. Elbow: "Running to Stand Still" (U2 cover) :: info ::
  15. The Like: "You Belong to Me" (Elvis Costello cover) :: info ::
  16. TV on the Radio: "'Heroes'" (David Bowie cover) :: info ::

Guy Garvey of Elbow commented:  "War Child do exactly what it says on the tin.  These kids shouldn't be in such circumstances in the first place, but they are, son thank god someone's doing something about it."

Sir Paul McCartney said: "I have been supporting War Child since 1995. Their work with children in war zones saves lives and their work with those who take decisions that help them to do something about it saves even more lives. The breadth of talent on this project is amazing; it's great that so many people gave their time, energy and support to this initiative. I urge everyone to support War Child."

A little more info on War Child:  War Child is an international charity, founded in 1993 and works in the world's most dangerous war zones including Iraq, Afghanistan, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. War Child aims to protect children who are hit hardest by war and its consequences.  66% of people who die in conflict are childen.  How sad is that?  For more information, go to