Joan Jett covers Marc Bolan’s classic T. Rex smash “Jeepster” on the imminent star-studded album, “Angel Headed Hipster: the Songs Of Marc Bolan and T. Rex”, due for release in September 2020. The video for the track premiered a few minutes ago (15th July 2020) – watch it below.
A who’s who of stars contributed to the 26-track album, produced by the late Hal Willner and released by BMG on 4th September…
They are: Joan Jett, Kesha, Banhart and Cave plus Marc Almond, Børns, Helga Davis, Perry Farrell, Elysian Fields, Gavin Friday, Emily Haines, Jesse Harris, King Khan, Sean Lennon & Charlotte Kemp Muhl, Maria McKee, Father John Misty, John Cameron Mitchell, Gaby Moreno, Nena, Beth Orton, Peaches, Todd Rundgren, Lucinda Williams, Victoria Williams With Julian Lennon and U2 Feat. Elton John.
For her re-imagining of the standout track from the 2020 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee’s chart-topping “Electric Warrior” album, Jett is joined by Marc Ribot on guitar, Jim White on drums (PJ Harvey, Cat Power), Thomas Bartlett arranging and on piano (The National, Sufjan Stevens) and production by the late Hal Willner.
“Jeepster” is the fourth song to be released from “Angelheaded Hipster”, following Kesha’s “Children of the Revolution,” Devendra Banhart’s “Scenescof” and Nick Cave’s wonderful version of “Cosmic Dancer.”
Each of the 26 tracks on “Angelheaded Hipster” was produced by the acclaimed Hal Willner, who passed away from COVID-19 in April 2020. Hal had previously served as the ‘Saturday Night Live’ sketch music producer for nearly 40 years, produced albums for Lou Reed, Marianne Faithfull and William S. Burroughs, and concept albums drawing upon the music of Thelonious Monk, Kurt Weill, vintage Disney films and others.
Hal Willner worked on “AngelHeaded Hipster” for several years, with sessions spanning continents, from New York, Los Angeles and New Orleans, to London, Paris and Berlin. The project was conceived and executive produced by Bill Curbishley and Ethan Silverman.
Glam rock star and T. Rex frontman Marc Bolan died in 1997 in a car accident near London.
- Children Of The Revolution – Kesha
- Cosmic Dancer – Nick Cave
- Jeepster – Joan Jett
- Scenescof – Devendra Banhart
- Life’s A Gas – Lucinda Williams
- Solid Gold, Easy Action – Peaches
- Dawn Storm – Børns
- Hippy Gumbo – Beth Orton
- I Love To Boogie – King Khan
- Beltane Walk – Gaby Moreno
- Bang A Gong (Get It On) – U2 feat. Elton John
- Diamond Meadows – John Cameron Mitchell
- Ballrooms Of Mars – Emily Haines
- Main Man – Father John Misty
- Rock On – Perry Farrell
- The Street and Babe Shadow – Elysian Fields
- The Leopards – Gavin Friday
- Metal Guru – Nena
- Teenage Dream – Marc Almond
- Organ Blues – Helga Davis
- Planet Queen – Todd Rundgren
- Great Horse – Jessie Harris
- Mambo Sun – Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl
- Pilgrim’s Tale – Victoria Williams with Julian Lennon
- Bang A Gong (Get It On) Reprise – David Johansen
- She Was Born To Be My Unicorn / Ride A White Swan – Maria McKee
Joan Jett photo: Jason Sheldon