Nick Cave has shared a cover of T. Rex’s classic glam rock jam ‘Cosmic Dancer’ ahead of a brand new all-star Marc Bolan tribute album titled AngelHeaded Hipster which will arrive this year.
The tribute record is out in commemoration of the glam rock icon as he is inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, marking 50 years since T. Rex’s first record with aplomb.
The album also acts as another sad reminder as it will remain the final album Hal Willner ever produced. Willner, who died due to complications from COVID-19 assembled an incredible array of artists to pay tribute to the singer.
Willner previously said tribute LP: “I became immersed in this artist by listening to everything, talking to Bolan experts and fans, researching his reviews and interviews. And I found that Bolan was hardly ever talked about as a ‘composer’.
“It was all about what a great rocker he was, how innovative he was, how David Bowie took his essence and Bolan was in his shadow… But I put him in the same pantheon as other composers that I’ve explored before. So, the concept for the album became to show Bolan as a composer with our typical cast of artists from different worlds that one rarely sees in the same place.”
AngelHeaded Hipster will arrive on September 4th and includes Elton John, U2, Joan Jett, Marc Almond, and more performing their own take of some of Bolan’s most cherished songs.
“It is impossible to exaggerate the devastating effect Hal’s passing will have on the collective of people that circled around him, esoteric artists he would corral together to participate in his rambling, hair-brained schemes, that were always a combination of genius, wonder and near-chaos.”
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Cave previously performed the track in January, some fan footage of which you can see below. Introducing the song, Cave said: “I’m a big T-Rex fan and particularly a Marc Bolan Fan.
“He is a great lyric writer and a great songwriter. This is my favourite song by him and probably my favourite song ever.”