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David Byrne Reflects on Peter Gabriel Version of ‘Listening Wind’

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On September 23rd, Real World will release And I’ll Scratch Yours, the reciprocated sequel from Peter Gabriel’s orchestral song-swap album, 2010’s Scratch My Back. Among the musicians covering Gabriel’s music are Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, Brian Eno, Feist, Paul Simon, and David Byrne.

Gabriel has been featuring interviews with these artists on his Facebook and official website. In this newly released clip, Byrne talks about Gabriel’s emotional version of the Talking Heads simmering terrorist tale “Listening Wind.”

“It’s a touchy subject,” Byrne laughs. “(Gabriel) brings a kind of sweetness out of the song. It brings a lot of yearning and personal emotion.”

Check out the brief interview below, along with both versions of “Listening Wind.” Does Gabriel’s actually top the original? While there were some iffy moments on Scratch My Back, his version of “Listening Wind” is certainly triumphant.

And I’ll Scratch Yours is currently available for pre-order on Gabriel’s website.

Talking Heads – “Listening Wind”

Peter Gabriel – “Listening Wind”

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