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Jack White, Patti Smith Covering ‘Achtung Baby’ for U2 Tribute Album


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Based on the past few months, perhaps the old saying about imitation should be amended to "Tribute albums are the sincerest form of flattery." Spin recruited a bunch of indie rockers to cover Nirvana's Nevermind on its 20th anniversary, Stereogum did the same for the 10th birthday of the Strokes' Is This It, and now U2 will curate their own tribute disc in conjunction with the upcoming reissue of Achtung Baby. Rumors of other artists covering songs from U2's 1991 album have been circulating for some time, but Bono confirmed the Achtung covers LP while promoting the documentary From the Sky Down at the Toronto International Film Festival. The tribute disc was commissioned by the U.K.'s Q Magazine, and while not all the artists have been revealed, the lineup is impressive so far: Jack White, Patti Smith, Depeche Mode, and Damien Rice, Rolling Stone reports.

White is obviously the most intriguing name up there, since it's safe to say no one thought the former White Stripe was a U2 fan (maybe he and the Edge bonded while shooting It Might Get Loud). White, recording as a solo artist, will tackle "Love Is Blindness," an interesting choice that shatters The Amp's dreams of hearing a garage rock rendition of "Mysterious Ways." Smith will handle "Until the End of the World," Depeche Mode has drafted "So Cruel," and Rice will perform "One," a song he and Bono busked together in the streets of Ireland a few years ago. According to Slicing Up Eyeballs, British shoegazers Glasvegas, a band that has drawn some faint U2 comparisons, are also on the tribute disc. Five artists down, seven to go.

No word yet when Q will release their Achtung covers album, but expect it to arrive when the $660 reissue itself comes out on Halloween.

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