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carla bruni, vivian girls contribute to new david bowie tribute

LA-based record label Manimal Vinyl have announced their third and possibly final tribute album, to none other than the Thin White Duke himself, David Bowie. It follows on from previous projects dedicated to Madonna and The Cure, and though they’re famed for championing underground and experimental titles, the label’s rather lovely lineup features a well-balanced roster of recognisable and more obscure names, including a number of top notch female artists worthy of mention. France’s first lady Carla Bruni will cover ‘Absolute Beginners’, Manimal alumni Warpaint will sing ‘Ashes To Ashes’ and punk favourites Vivian Girls will add their own brash magic to ‘John, I’m Only Dancing’. Other female acts include Keren Ann, Chairlift, Caroline Weeks, Lights and The Chapin Sisters to name but a few.

The album is due for release in May, though the label has promised tantalisingly that “tracks will start leaking around 15th February”. Like all great tribute albums (hint hint), the project is not just an ode to the artist, but a means of creating positive change in their name. In this case, 100% of the net profits will go to War Child UK, a branch of the international charity for children affected by war. Here’s the lineup:

Exitmusic, ‘Space Oddity’
Vivian Girls, ‘John, I’m Only Dancing’
Megapuss (Devendra Banhart), ‘Sound + Vision’ (En Espanol)
Carla Bruni, ‘Absolute Beginners’
Lights, ‘World Falls Down’
Voicesvoices ‘Heroes’
Duran Duran, ‘Boys Keep Swinging’
Chairlift, ‘Always Crashing In The Same Car’
Aska with Moon & Moon, ‘African Night Flight’
A Place To Bury Strangers, ‘Suffragette City’
Polyamorous Affair, ‘Theme From Cat People’
Keren Ann, ‘Life On Mars’
Swahili Blonde feat. John Frusciante, ‘Red Money’
Marco Benevento, ‘Art Decade’
Corridor, ‘Be My Wife’
Aquaserge, ‘The Supermen’
Warpaint, ‘Ashes To Ashes’
Rainbow Arabia, ‘Quicksand’
We Are The World, ‘Afraid Of Americans’
Laco$Te, ‘Within You’
Ariana Delawari, ‘Ziggy Stardust’
Pizza!, ‘Modern Love’
St Clair Board, ‘Secret Life Of Arabia’
Caroline Weeks, ‘Starman’
Amanda Jo Williams, ‘The Man Who Sold The World’
Mick Karn, ‘Ashes To Ashes’

Additional contributions are expected from MGMT and Soulwax but the songs themselves have not yet been confirmed.

Charlotte Richardson Andrews


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