New Tales to Tell: A Tribute to Love and Rockets

Black Francis, The Flaming Lips and The Dandy Warhols are among the acts paying tribute to seminal neo-psychedelic/post-goth trio Love and Rockets on the forthcoming New Tales to Tell: A Tribute to Love and Rockets.

The 18-track compilation is due July 28 digitally and Aug. 18 on CD, and  boasts cover art — featuring the iconic L&R logo — by Shepherd Fairey, creator of the famed Obama “Hope” poster. The comp’s producers also are promising “special bonus tracks and blue and red limited-edition vinyl.”

In the press materials for the forthcoming comp, the Pixies frontman declares his love for the trio — Daniel Ash, David J and Kevin Haskins — that rose from the ashes of Bauhaus in the mid-’80s: “Love and Rockets are many things, but what they are more than anything are agents of that mysterious force known as rock ‘n’ roll, a force loved by many but truly understood by a few.”

The album’s tracklist is appropriately heavy on cuts from the band’s 1986 classic Express (most of that album is represented), and the only holes, in terms of the trio’s better known songs/singles, would be “Yin and Yang (The Flowerpot Man)” and “Motorcycle” — and, of course, “Ball of Confusion,” but that already was a cover. (And what, no Bubblemen homage?)

Most curious to fans could be the head-scratching inclusion of generic ’90s alternarockers Better Than Ezra taking on Love and Rockets’ biggest hit, “So Alive.”

The album’s MySpace page already features audio of a handful of covers, although most aren’t included on the record’s final tracklist.

Tracklist: New Tales to Tell: A Tribute to Love and Rockets

1. Black Francis, “All in My Mind”
2. Puscifer, “Holiday on the Moon”
3. War Tapes, “Love Me”
4. Blaqk Audio, “No New Tale to Tell”
5. Dubfire, “I Feel Speed”
6. The Dandy Warhols, “Inside the Outside”
7. The Flaming Lips, “Kundalini Express”
8. Sweethead, “Life in Laralay”
9. Film School, “An American Dream”
10. A Place to Bury Strangers,”The Light”
11. Monster Magnet vs Adrian Young, “Mirror People”
12. The Stone Foxes, “Fever”
13. Frankenstein 3000, “No Big Deal”
14. VEX, “It Could Be Sunshine”
15. Better Than Ezra, “So Alive”
16. Chantal Claret vs Adrian Young, “Lazy”
17. Ian Moore, “Sweet F.A.”
18. Snowden, “No Words No More”

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