It’s one of the more unlikely covers you’ll hear: former New Order frontman Bernard Sumner crooning Elvis Presley’s melodramatic 1969 hit “In the Ghetto” in a new recording made by the singer’s current band Bad Lieutenant for a forthcoming charity album to benefit a U.K. homeless advocacy group.
The download-only collection, 1969 Key to Change, is due out Oct. 4 and benefits Centrepoint, a British charity aiding young homeless people age 16 to 25. The 13-track compilation also features contributions from Jools Holland, Johnny Marr, Chris Difford and Ian Brown and more (see tracklist and pre-order album here).
As for Bad Lieutenant’s contribution, “In the Ghetto” is pretty faithful, anchored by an acoustic guitar figure and gospel-like backing vocals. Sumner’s wispy voice, however, is miles away from the King’s iconic baritone. (Hear a one-minute sample of the song below.)
According to an announcement of the project on Bad Lieutenant’s website, “1969 defined a musical age, catapulting us into a new era of music and rousing a generation. It’s also the year Centrepoint was set up to help homeless young people.”
(go to the link below to hear the embedded track sample)