For this latest of the War Child charity albums, music legends were asked to nominate a track of their own to be covered, and the latter-day act they'd like to cover it
It's an intriguing notion which resulted in a broad range of interpretations, some – The Hold Steady's version of Springsteen's "Atlantic City", the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' "Sheena Is a Punk Rocker", and Estelle's efficient but underpowered "Superstition" – more faithful than others.
Duffy's "Live and Let Die" is one of the more imaginative, the original's brash melodrama replaced by discreet strings. Lily Allen's trip-hop shuffle treatment of The Clash's "Straight to Hell" is engagingly different, too. TV On The Radio's electropop throb through "Heroes" isn't too dissimilar to Bowie's, while Hot Chip's "Transmission" is bereft of Joy Division's manic thrill. Likewise, Scissor Sisters' "Do the Strand" lacks propulsive impetus. Beck takes a T Rex boogie-style trudge through Dylan's "Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat", and Franz Ferdinand a live, lollopy jaunt through Blondie's "Call Me", while Elbow offer a gentle piano ballad version of U2's "Running to Stand Still", bettered only by Rufus Wainwright's gorgeous Brian Wilson medley, an elegant pairing of "Wonderful" and "Song for Children".
Pick of the album:'Wonderful'/'Song for Children', 'Running to Stand Still', 'Live and Let Die', 'Heroes', 'Atlantic City', 'Straight to Hell'Reuse content