JOAN JETT Covers T. REX's 'Jeepster' For 'Angelheaded Hipster' Collection (Video)
July 15, 2020
Joan Jett has released her interpretation of the T. REX hit "Jeepster", from the Hal Willner-produced collection "Angelheaded Hipster: The Songs of Marc Bolan And T. Rex", due out September 4 on BMG.
Jett delivers a stunning tribute to her teenage idol, harkening back to her formative years on the Sunset Strip absorbing everything Bolan and T. REX had to offer. For her reimagining of the standout track from the 2020 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee's chart-topping "Electric Warrior" album, Jett is joined by a group of luminaries, including Marc Ribot on guitar, Jim White (PJ HARVEY, CAT POWER) on drums, Thomas Bartlett arranging and on piano (THE NATIONAL, SUFJAN STEVENS) and production by the late Hal Willner.
"Jeepster" is the fourth song to be released from "Angelheaded Hipster", following Kesha's "Children Of The Revolution", Devendra Banhart's "Scenescof" and Nick Cave's "Cosmic Dancer". Each of the 26 tracks on "Angelheaded Hipster" was produced by the acclaimed Hal Willner, who passed away from COVID-19 in April. Willner had previously served as the "Saturday Night Live" sketch music producer for nearly 40 years, produced albums for Lou Reed, Marianne Faithfull and William S. Burroughs, and concept albums drawing upon the music of Thelonious Monk, Kurt Weill, vintage Disney films and others.
For "Angelheaded Hipster", Willner brought together a wide-ranging cast to reimagine Bolan's greatest songs — Jett, Kesha, Banhart and Cave plus Marc Almond, Børns, Helga Davis, Perry Farrell, Elysian Fields, Gavin Friday, Emily Haines, Jesse Harris, King Khan, Sean Lennon & Charlotte Kemp Muhl, Maria McKee, Father John Misty, John Cameron Mitchell, Gaby Moreno, Nena, Beth Orton, Peaches, Todd Rundgren, Lucinda Williams, Victoria Williams with Julian Lennon and U2 feat. Elton John.
"Angelheaded Hipster" will be available on CD, LP and digital.
Hal Willner worked on "AngelHeaded Hipster" for several years, with sessions spanning continents, from New York, Los Angeles and New Orleans, to London, Paris and Berlin. The project was conceived and executive produced by Bill Curbishley and Ethan Silverman. Kate Hyman had the creative vision to ask Willner to produce it.
Marc Bolan was a folk pop troubadour, glam rock's metal guru, a pop star who burned as bright as any, a brilliant guitarist, style icon and poet. He has been famously cited as a major influence by some of the biggest names in music, from David Bowie to Johnny Marr. He died in 1977 aged just 29, after a car crash in London.
"Angelheaded Hipster: The Songs of Marc Bolan And T. Rex" track listing:
01. Children Of The Revolution - Kesha 02. Cosmic Dancer - Nick Cave 03. Jeepster - Joan Jett 04. Scenescof - Devendra Banhart 05. Life's A Gas - Lucinda Williams 06. Solid Gold, Easy Action - Peaches 07. Dawn Storm - Børns 08. Hippy Gumbo - Beth Orton 09. I Love To Boogie - King Khan 10. Beltane Walk - Gaby Moreno 11. Bang A Gong (Get It On) - U2 feat. Elton John 12. Diamond Meadows - John Cameron Mitchell 13. Ballrooms Of Mars - Emily Haines 14. Main Man - Father John Misty 15. Rock On - Perry Farrell 16. The Street And Babe Shadow - Elysian Fields 17. The Leopards - Gavin Friday 18. Metal Guru - Nena 19. Teenage Dream - Marc Almond 20. Organ Blues - Helga Davis 21. Planet Queen - Todd Rundgren 22. Great Horse - Jessie Harris 23. Mambo Sun - Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl 24. Pilgrim's Tale - Victoria Williams with Julian Lennon 25. Bang A Gong (Get It On) Reprise - David Johansen 26. She Was Born To Be My Unicorn / Ride A White Swan - Maria McKee