Stipe Aims to Keep Katrina 'In the Sun'

Published: 2006-02-08
REM front man Michael Stipe is putting together an EP to make sure people don't forget about hurricane Katrina.

Stipe and a collection of other artists have recorded six versions of singer-songwriter Joseph Arthur's tune "In the Sun." Proceeds from the sales of EP will go to Mercy Corps's efforts to rebuild New Orleans.

The tragedy hit home for Stipe, who recorded parts of his 2004 album Our Shadows Will Remain in the city. "My little area is somewhat undaunted, right in the French Quarter," he told Billboard. "It's still in decent shape. But if you go a couple minutes away, it looks like Nagasaki or something. There's a lot to be done."

Made available on iTunes on February 6th, the six different versions include one duet of Stipe and Coldplay front man Chris Martin, and another featuring Stipe and Arthur. Yet another cover is remixed by Justin Timberlake and will.i.am, a duo otherwise known as JAW Breakers. Adam Schlesinger from Fountains of Wayne and Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha also contributed to the tracks.

If the tune sounds familiar, it's probably because you heard the Michael Stipe - Chris Martin duet on the February 5th episode of the TV drama Grey's Anatomy. Or maybe you're familiar with the Peter Gabriel version, recorded for the 1997 tribute album Diana Princess of Wales.

Either way you can pick these tunes up on iTunes:

"In the Sun" Michael Stipe featuring Chris Martin (Gulf Coast Relief)
"In the Sun" Michael Stipe featuring Chris Martin (JAW Breakers remix)
"In the Sun" Michael Stipe featuring Joseph Arthur
"In the Sun" Michael Stipe
"In the Sun" Michael Stipe live with Coldplay on Austin City Limits)
"In the Sun" Michael Stipe featuring Joseph Arthur (Free Acoustic Couch Rehearsal)

Writer: Michelle Garcia

   

 

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