“(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding?”
Elvis Costello and the Attractions | 1979
Written by Nick Lowe for his pub-rock band Brinsley Schwarz, the song was recorded by Costello (but credited to Lowe) as a B side, then hastily added to the Attractions' Armed Forces album in the U.S. The lyrics wonder what had become of hippie ideals in the cynical Seventies; the song was rendered that much more powerful by the fact that both Lowe and Costello were identified with the anti-hippie punk and New Wave scenes. Lowe once said he was inspired to write the song by Judee Sill's 1971 folk song "Jesus Was a Crossmaker." "I sort of pinched that," he said.
On the 2007 Wu-Tang Clan album 8 Diagrams, group leader and producer RZA decided to go for something a little bit different. “The whole trick is, 'Will you be satisfied with the unexpected?'" he told Rolling Stone. In this case, that meant using the Beatles’ “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” as the basis for a song called "The Heart Gently Weeps." RZA recruited John Frusciante and George Harrison’s son, Dhani, to play guitar on the track. "Dhani is super-professional," he said. “I try to explain that to the hip-hop people, because sometimes we all stuck on this money s---, but if you do music first, money is going to come."