Subtly placed at the 13:20 mark of Peter Gabriel‘s most recently posted podcast is the following revelation: that Radiohead will cover Peter Gabriel’s 1982 song “Wallflower”. According to the legendary musician (via at ease), the cover is part of a song exchange, as he has covered the band’s “Street Spirit” on his forthcoming covers album, Scratch My Back.
“Thom… want to do a version of ‘Wallflower, which I’m very curious to hear. I think it was an important track for him when he was 14,” Gabriel explained. “So, that will be a treat also for next year.”
Released on the Gabriel’s 1982 self-titled fourth studio album, “Wallflower” was inspired by Human Rights issues in South America, namely torture in Chile. Gabriel didn’t give any indication when or where Radiohead’s cover will be available, but did use the podcast to offer a brief version of his own rendition of “Street Spirit”. (The podcast is posted below; that part is toward the end).
In related news, the first “double a-side” or “digital 45” from Scratch My Back, this being Gabriel’s covers of The Magnetic Fields’ “The Book of Love” and Stephin Merritt’s “Not One of Us” will be released “on this months full moon” (January 30th?), via iTunes. Scratch My Back is scheduled for release on February 15th.
Gabriel’s 3rd Scratch My Back podcast