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Cat Power and Iggy Pop unite on a tribute to Marianne Faithfull

05 December 2023, 14:03 | Written by Tyler Damara Kelly

Chan Marshall – AKA Cat Power – and Iggy Pop have joined forces on a cover of Marianne Faithfull's "Working Class Hero" as part of the forthcoming benefit album, The Faithful: A Tribute to Marianne Faithfull.

In The Q Records & BANDBOX, along with the Women of Rock Oral History Project recently announced the release of a new benefit album, The Faithful: A Tribute to Marianne Faithfull featuring 19 cover songs from artists including Shirley Manson, Peaches, Lydia Lunch, Tanya Donelly, Cat Power, Iggy Pop, Bush Tetras, Donita Sparks and more.

The Faithful is a massive love letter to Marianne Faithfull. Everyone involved with this tribute album has graciously and enthusiastically donated their talent, time, and energy so that all profits can go directly to assist Marianne as she recovers from long COVID.

"Marianne has lived a life!! She is a queen to all who know her, and all who adore her! Her framework of contributions to the world of music is unmistakable! Every time I hear her gorgeous vocal sway, I am moved, I am closer to permanence. In a world of dizzying, new fizzling arrows of song and voices, Marianne has always struck the bullseye of my heart and soul. I adore her like no other. A true Dame, beyond words. Royalty forever," says Chan Marshall.

Tanya Pearson, founder of Women Of Rock Oral History Project adds: "The thing about being an icon or a muse is that it doesn't pay the bills – even if you have over 50 records under your belt. Even if you were the It Girl of the swinging sixties. Even if you're Marianne Faithfull. Marianne built a career as a counter-cultural artist, exploring a multitude of genres and styles. She's worked with countless collaborators, musicians, and producers. As a result, her catalog, and career, can't be easily categorized which basically means she never had a chance of reaching the kind of widespread commercial recognition she deserved. My hope with this record is that Marianne sees how loved, respected, and appreciated she is by her successors. I hope that these versions of her songs introduce a new audience to Marianne Faithfull and inspire them to buy her records. I hope that Marianne Faithfull gets the respect she deserves; preferably in this lifetime."

The Faithful: A Tribute to Marianne Faithfull is set for release on 8 December. Special edition vinyl variants can be pre-ordered now via In The Q Records and BANDBOX.

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