Kurt Vile & The Violators have shared a new version on The Velvet Underground & Nico’s “Run Run Run.” The cover comes from the forthcoming tribute record, I’ll Be Your Mirror: A Tribute to the Velvet Underground & Nico, produced by the late, legendary Hal Wilner and set for release September 24.
Vile captures the anarchic bliss of “Run Run Run” and then some, letting the voltage of the track ramp up slowly. While The Velvet Underground’s original chugs along with a comparatively cooler, lo-fi remove, Vile isn’t shy about truly digging in and unleashing a bigger sound in his version — one squonk at a time, compounding gradually across seven minutes of music. The effect is mesmerizing, and the take bodes well for what’s to come on the rest of the record, which is set to feature covers from Iggy Pop, Michael Stipe, Courtney Barnett and more.
Check out Kurt Vile & The Violators’ cover of The Velvet Underground & Nico’s “Run Run Run” below, and see the full album’s tracklist below that.
‘I’ll Be Your Mirror: A Tribute to the Velvet Underground & Nico’:
01 Michael Stipe – “Sunday Morning”
02 Matt Berninger – “I’m Waiting For The Man”
03 Sharon Van Etten – “Femme Fatale” (Feat. Angel Olsen)
04 Andrew Bird & Lucius – “Venus In Furs”
05 Kurt Vile & The Violators – “Run Run Run”
06 St. Vincent & Thomas Bartlett – “All Tomorrow’s Parties”
07 Thurston Moore – “Heroin” (Feat. Bobby Gillespie)
08 King Princess – “There She Goes Again”
09 Courtney Barnett – “I’ll Be Your Mirror”
10 Fontaines D.C. – “The Black Angel’s Death Song”
11 Iggy Pop & Matt Sweeney – “European Son”
Check out many more covers of The Velvet Underground.
Check out more covers by Kurt Vile.
Oh man, that version of Run Run Run is amazing.