Beck’s Record Club — his running series of quickly made cover albums featuring a rotating cast of collaborators — has returned with a satisfyingly surprising choice: INXS’ 1987 hit album Kick. This time around, the Modern Guilt singer recruited Liars, St. Vincent and Os Mutantes’ Sergio Dias to join him in the studio.
Kick was suggested by Liars’ Angus Andrews, a native of Australia and the first one to step up to the microphone for the album’s opener, “Guns in the Sky.” (Keeping with tradition, Beck will post Kick songs once a week in the order of the album’s track list.) The Record Club’s “Guns in the Sky” features some pretty great guitar work from Dias, one of Beck’s musical heroes. “It was recorded in a little over 12 hours on March 3rd, 2010. It was an intense, hilarious, daunting and completely fun undertaking,” Beck writes on his official site. “Many classic moments, inspired performances and occasional anarchy.” Kick tracks on the way include the hits “New Sensation,” “Devil Inside,” “Need You Tonight” and the track we’re most looking forward to, “Never Tear Us Apart.”
As Rolling Stone previously reported, Beck has rerecorded The Velvet Underground & Nico with producer Nigel Godrich and singer Thorunn Magnusdottir, Songs of Leonard Cohen with MGMT, Devendra Banhart and Wolfmother’s Andrew Stockdale and most recently, Skip Spence’s Oar with help from Wilco and Feist. When Beck first launched the Club, he noted that he wanted to take on Ace of Base’s The Sign with his all-star cohorts — we’re still anxiously waiting for that one to arrive.
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