4 September, 2020Print
BMG Releases AngelHeaded Hipster: The Songs Of Marc Bolan And T. Rex
Hal Willner’s Final Album Production Celebrates Genius And Influence Of The 2020 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Over Twenty-Six Tracks Featuring:
MARC ALMOND • DEVENDRA BANHART • BØRNS • NICK CAVE • HELGA DAVIS • ELYSIAN FIELDS • PERRY FARRELL • GAVIN FRIDAY • EMILY HAINES • JESSE HARRIS • JOAN JETT • KESHA • KING KHAN • SEAN ONO LENNON & CHARLOTTE KEMP MUHL • NENA • MARIA McKEE • FATHER JOHN MISTY • JOHN CAMERON MITCHELL • GABY MORENO • BETH ORTON • PEACHES • TODD RUNDGREN • U2 feat. ELTON JOHN • LUCINDA WILLIAMS • VICTORIA WILLIAMS with JULIAN LENNON
Today, BMG celebrates the genius and pioneering influence of Marc Bolan’s T. Rex - 2020 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee and one of the great rock musicians of all time - with the release of AngelHeaded Hipster: The Songs of Marc Bolan and T. Rex. The collection features 26 songs culled from Bolan’s vast body of work released as T. Rex and Tyrannosaurus Rex from 1968-77.
A wide-ranging cast of wizards and cosmic dancers have joined together to reimagine Bolan’s work - sometimes in radical fashion - resulting in a collection that is less tribute than bold new work. Read below for the full list of artists and tracklist, which includes Bolan’s greatest songs: “Jeepster,” “Bang A Gong (Get It On),” “Ride A White Swan” and beyond.
AngelHeaded Hipster was lovingly created by the late Hal Willner, who passed away on April 7 from COVID-19. As a producer of albums, concerts and even the sketch music on SNL, Willner “bent and shaped the dimensions of almost-popular music” (New York Times) in a career that spanned over four decades. 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. In addition to its tracklist credits, the album features special guests Donald Fagen, Mike Garson, Bill Frisell, Wayne Kramer, Van Dyke Parks and Marc Ribot, with arrangements by Thomas Bartlett, Steven Bernstein, Eli Brueggemann, J.G. Thirlwell and Steve Weisberg.The project was conceived and executive produced by Bill Curbishley and Ethan Silverman. Kate Hyman had the creative vision to ask Hal to produce it.
Six tracks from AngelHeaded Hipster have already been released and met with universal acclaim. Kesha’s “Children of the Revolution” was hailed as a “superstar” turn by SPIN; Devendra Banhart’s “Scenescof” was praised as “serene and trippy” by Rolling Stone; Brooklyn Vegan called Nick Cave’s “Cosmic Dancer” “gorgeous;” Consequence of Sound hailed Joan Jett’s cover of “Jeepster” as “splendid homage,” and Peaches’ take on “Solid Gold, Easy Action” was deemed “radical” by the NME. T. Rex’s “Metal Guru” is interpreted by Nena, who is one of Germany’s biggest music stars with over 25 million record sales.
Marc Bolan was many things - a folk pop troubadour, Glam Rock’s metal guru, a pop star who burned as bright as any, a brilliant guitarist, style icon, poet. He has been famously cited as a major influence by some of the biggest names in music from David Bowie to Johnny Marr. And though he died in 1977 aged just 29, after a car crash in London, he’ll finally be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame this Fall with the Class of 2020.
AngelHeaded Hipster is now available on CD, LP and digital. A special limited-edition white vinyl version was released one week early on August 28 exclusively at independent retail stores in the US.
Fans can order the exclusive version here: https://t-rex.lnk.to/Angel/recordstoreday
AngelHeaded Hipster: The Songs Of Marc Bolan and T. Rex / Tracklist:
1. Children Of The Revolution - Kesha
2. Cosmic Dancer - Nick Cave
3. Jeepster - Joan Jett
4. Scenescof - Devendra Banhart
5. Life’s A Gas - Lucinda Williams
6. Solid Gold, Easy Action - Peaches
7. Dawn Storm - BØRNS
8. Hippy Gumbo - Beth Orton
9. I Love To Boogie - King Khan
10. Beltane Walk - Gaby Moreno
11. Bang A Gong (Get It On) - U2 feat. Elton John
12. Diamond Meadows - John Cameron Mitchell
13. Ballrooms Of Mars - Emily Haines
1. Main Man - Father John Misty
2. Rock On - Perry Farrell
3. The Street and Babe Shadow - Elysian Fields
4. The Leopards - Gavin Friday
5. Metal Guru - Nena
6. Teenage Dream - Marc Almond
7. Organ Blues - Helga Davis
8. Planet Queen - Todd Rundgren
9. Great Horse - Jesse Harris
10. Mambo Sun - Sean Ono Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl
11. Pilgrim’s Tale - Victoria Williams with Julian Lennon
12. Bang A Gong (Get It On) Reprise - David Johansen
13. She Was Born To Be My Unicorn / Ride A White Swan - Maria McKee and Gavin Friday
Order the album here.