Morrissey features as a 'hero' on new Rough Trade compilation


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Rough Trade Shops - Heroes Vol 1 (1976 - 2016)

Rough Trade Shops celebrates its 40th anniversary this year and this is the second compilation to mark the occasion. Following our recent cover version selection COVERS VOL.1, this double CD is a set of our favourite songs about other musicians, all of which were released in the 40 years since we first opened our front door in 1976. 40 Years. 40 Heroes. Songs about Prince, Debby Harry, David Bowie, Morrissey, Wu Tang Clan, Frank Sinatra, R.E.M., Tammy Wynette, Stevie Nicks, Nick Drake, Will Oldham, Elvis Presley, Joey Ramone, Dennis Brown, G.G. Allin, Wham!, Johnny Cash and more, all performed across musical styles as varied as you would expect from Rough Trade, especially so with the added caveat of a four decade timeline. Of course there are tracks from the post punk era that Rough Trade is most often associated with, this time in the form of The (ubiquitous) Fall's gothic eulogy to Can's Damo Suzuki, the unique creativity of Psychic TV's offering to Brian Jones and the pioneering Cabaret Voltaire paying indie-electro respect to James Brown. Elsewhere you will hear psychobilly-noise from the incendiary Butthole Surfers, radio-friendly alt-rock from They Might Be Giants and classic indie hits from Rough Trade alumni Cornershop and Le Tigre. There is a slice of lo-fi funk from Sexual Harassment and expansive melancholic rock from Radiohead alongside heartfelt tributes to The Beatles and Jello Biafra from the much-loved Daniel Johnston and Wesley Willis respectively. There are beautifully written and performed arrangements from Songs Ohia, Joan as Police Woman, Robyn Hitchcock, Mountain Goats, Calexico and Sun Kil Moon, tweeness and indiepop from Camera Obscura, Stereo Total and Helen Love and brooding post rock from Mogwai, while Fat White Family apply their signature psychedelic slo-motion baggy treatment to honour Thy Lord Indie God Mark E. Smith. Add in rockers from Pavement and Brakes, electronica jams from Colourbox and Matmos, we even have the iconic Sparks honouring Morrissey, and here you have a sparkling selection, dreamed up by our Delia and the Rough Trade brain trust. "Each of these songs is a window to a room in the minds of artists, a room reserved for contemplating the art of others, be they influences, obsessions, contemporaries or fantasies, lovers, haters, emetics, madmen, villains or heroes." Ed Zed, Rough Trade New York.



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