Paul McCartney Is Being Very Charitable To Duffy

noah | September 22, 2008 3:00 am

Come November, the UK charity War Child will release a new all-covers album, Heroes, as a way to raise funds for its efforts to protect children in conflict-ravaged areas around the globe. So far, the tracklisting is as such: Duffy covering “Live & Let Die”; Hot Chip re-recording Joy Division’s “Transmission”; Beck taking on Bob Dylan’s “Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat”; the Kooks doing whatever it is they do to the Kinks’ “Victoria”; and Rufus Wainwright constructing a medley from two songs off Brian Wilson’s Smile. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the Wainwright track is the one that piques my interest most; while Paul McCartney said that Duffy’s version of the Wings track was “great–I was really impressed,” I’m a bit, shall we say, skeptical. I get that she’s cute and can rock a romper onstage, but how much longer must we all suffer through this “next Dusty” charade? (And who picked her to be the musical guest on Saturday Night Live this week, anyway? Is this season’s musical theme “artists who don’t sound that great live, but it’s OK because our crummy sound tech prevents even the best bands from sounding any good at all, ever?”) [Billboard]