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In 2010, Peter Gabriel released Scratch My Back, which was a compilation of covers from some of his favorite artists. At the time Gabriel had a special idea so that his project wouldn't be like any other cover project. He explained, "Rather than make a traditional covers record, I thought it would be much more fun to create a new type of project in which artists communicated with each other and swapped a song for a song, i.e. you do one of mine and I'll do one of yours, hence the title - Scratch My Back - And I'll Scratch Yours."


  • Gabriel plans to finally release the project as he intended on September 23rd asAnd I'll Scratch Yours. The project features Arcade FireBon IverLou ReedPaul SimonJoseph ArthurRandy NewmanDavid ByrneFeistRegina Spektor,Brian EnoElbow, and Stephin Merritt.
  • Arthur and Feist were added to the miz when two of the artists Gabriel covered on Scratch My Backwere unable to reciprocate.
  • And I'll Scratch Your Back's complete track listing includes: "I Don't Remember " by David Byrne, "Come Talk to Me" by Bon Iver, "Blood of Eden" by Regina Spektor, "Not One of Us" by Stephin Merritt, "Shock the Monkey" by Joseph Arthur, "Big Time" by Randy Newman, "Games without Frontiers" by Arcade Fire, "Mercy Street" by Elbow, "Mother of Violence" by Brian Eno, "Don't Give Up" by Feist featuring Timber Timbre, "Solsbury Hill" by Lou Reed and "Biko" by Paul Simon.


  • The project will be released in two different versions. One version, Scratch My Back / And I'll Scratch Yours, will feature both sides of Gabriel's song-swap project in one place as he originally planned. The second, And I'll Scratch Yours, will be a stand alone version of the covers of his work.

INTERNET COMMENTS: Do You Agree Or Disagree?

  • Rufkm at Rolling Stone, "PG works so slowly, it takes him 3 years to come out with a covers album!"
  • RLJ1010 at Rolling Stone, "I absolutely love Peter Gabriel, and many of the artists involved . . . but Peter's original Scratch My Back covers album, was a trainwreck, and I can't say I'm excited about this 'reciprocation' album."
  • Francis Parsons at Rolling Stone, "Lou Reed doing Solsbury Hill sounds good."

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