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Kurt Vile, Sharon Van Etten, St. Vincent contribute covers to Velvet Underground and Nico tribute LP

14 July 2021, 15:08 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

I’ll Be Your Mirror: A Tribute to the Velvet Underground & Nico featuring covers by Sharon Van Etten, St. Vincent and more has been announced today, alongside Kurt Vile & The Violators' version of "Run Run Run".

Kurt Vile & The Violators' take on the iconic The Velvet Underground & Nico track "Run Run Run" is the first cover to be shared from the upcoming tribute album titled I’ll Be Your Mirror: A Tribute to the Velvet Underground & Nico.

He says of the cover, "I literally covered "Run Run Run" when I was a kid. In my late teens with my band at the time. So it was pretty cosmic, let’s say. There is a direct connection to certain indie bands and beyond w/the Velvets. That’s why the Velvets are a classic. You know it can have doo-wop in there and things like that, but it can also have this jagged noisy thing, and it immediately let me feel like I could do anything. The possibilities are endless. You’re completely free. Unapologetic and effortless."

I’ll Be Your Mirror: A Tribute to the Velvet Underground & Nico will also feature contributions from Michael Stipe, Matt Berninger, Sharon Van Etten with Angel Olsen, Andrew Bird, Lucius, St. Vincent and Thomas Bartlett, Thurston Moore, Bobby Gillespie, King Princess, Courtney Barnett, Fontaines D.C., and Iggy Pop and Matt Sweeney. All of the artists will cover one song from the 1967 original album.

The upcoming tribute album was overseen and executive produced by the late Hal Willner, who was also Lou Reed’s dear friend and producer.


  1. Sunday Morning – Michael Stipe
  2. I’m Waiting For The Man – Matt Berninger
  3. Femme Fatale – Sharon Van Etten (w/ Angel Olsen on backing vocals)
  4. Venus In Furs – Andrew Bird & Lucius
  5. Run Run Run – Kurt Vile & The Violators
  6. All Tomorrow’s Parties – St. Vincent & Thomas Bartlett
  7. Heroin– Thurston Moore feat. Bobby Gillespie
  8. There She Goes Again – King Princess
  9. I’ll Be Your Mirror – Courtney Barnett
  10. The Black Angel’s Death Song – Fontaines D.C.
  11. European Son – Iggy Pop & Matt Sweeney
Kurt Vile & The Violators' cover of "Run Run Run" is out now. I’ll Be Your Mirror: A Tribute to the Velvet Underground & Nico will be released 24 September via Verve Records, and is available to pre-order now.
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