Australian rockers Hunters & Collectors — best-known to American fans for late-’80s modern-rock hits “Back on the Breadline” and “When the River Runs Dry” — will be the subject of a new tribute album next month featuring interpretations of the band’s music by Eddie Vedder and Neil Finn, Paul Kelly, The Living End, The Avalanches and more.
As Pitchfork notes, the 30-track Crucible: The Songs of Hunters & Collectors is due out Sept. 27 via Liberation Music, and will feature both the 15 new covers — well, 14 covers plus The Avalanches’ remix of “Talking to a Stranger,” retitled “Stalking to a Stranger” — plus the 15 originals.
Via the label, Hunters & Collectors frontman Mark Seymour says:
“I have to say, it is deeply rewarding for me as a writer to know that beyond the years and all the hard work that was done in the crucible of the Australian suburbs, the songs of Hunters & Collectors have reached the cream of Australia’s talent, great singers and bands young and older… who have stepped up to record the best of what we delivered in those pubs so many years ago. I am honoured by the respect they have shown. Songs are what we share, and sharing itself is crucial to our identity as a people.”
See full tracklist below, and head over to Mushroom.com for pre-order information.
Tracklist: Crucible: The Songs of Hunters & Collectors
1. Birds of Tokyo, “Talking to a Stranger”
2. Eddie Vedder & Neil Finn, “Throw Your Arms Around Me”
3. Matt Corby & Missy Higgins, “This Morning”
4. Oh Mercy, “The Slab (Betty’s Worry)”
5. Alpine, “Hear No Evil”
6. The Living End, “Say Goodbye”
7. Paul Kelly & Emma Donovan (ft. Jimblah), “True Tears of Joy”
8. The Rubens, “Holy Grail”
9. Husky, “Blind Eye”
10. Something For Kate, “When the River Runs Dry”
11. The Panics, “Alligator Engine”
12. Abbe May, “Dog”
13. British India, “Do You See What I See?”
14. Cloud Control, “Still Hanging ‘Round”
15. The Avalanches, “Stalking to a Stranger” (Planets Collide Remix)