Peggy Sue release covers LP

By | Published on Tuesday 19 June 2012

Peggy Sue

Alt-folk three-piece Peggy Sue are to release a limited edition covers LP in tribute to Kenneth Anger’s occult film ‘Scorpio Rising’.

Having created their own versions of 12 tracks that feature on the 1963 movie’s classic rock score – including The Angels’ ‘My Boyfriend’s Back’, The Crystals’ ‘He’s A Rebel’ and Rick Nelson’s ‘Fools Rush In’ – the band will issue just 1000 physical copies of the album from this week onwards. Digital downloads will then be available from 26 Jul via their BandCamp page, where you can also preview the collection in its entirety.

Peggy Sue (who’ll perform the LP to a select audience on 22 Jul, playing to just 50 people in a disused WW2 bunker in East London) explain the new project’s origins: “In Spring 2011 we were invited to perform a live soundtrack to a film at a temporary cinema in Hackney, East London. The film we chose was Kenneth Anger’s 1963 cult classic ‘Scorpio Rising’, mostly because of its ground breaking rock n roll/doo wop soundtrack. With no dialogue or captions Anger was one of the first to use pop music to harness and alter the meaning of his images. ‘Scorpio Rising’ is like a glorious 30 minute music video long before it’s time”.

And since we’re on a vintage theme, here’s an archival CMU playlist the band compiled for us all the way back in 2011. Ah, those were such halcyon days.