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The Kills release Saul Williams cover

By | Published on Friday 2 March 2018

The Kills

The Kills are back with a cover of Saul Williams’ ‘List of Demands (Reparations)’. Out today digitally, and as a limited edition seven-inch, the track comes backed with a version of Peter Tosh’s ‘Steppin Razor’.

“It’s a song of strength and empowerment, rooted in the idea of rising above”, says the duo’s Alison Mosshart of ‘List of Demands’. “It was one of those songs you’re almost scared to cover, because it carries so much respect. It wasn’t a straight up love song or a drug song. It was defined, serious, and perfect already. With certain songs, you feel like an intruder trying to sing them, but this one felt like my own”.

Luckily for her, Williams agrees, giving the Kills’ version his seal of approval. He says: “I always felt envious of the way the 60s generation shared songs and ideologies. Jimi singing Dylan. Rotary Connection singing Otis Redding. The Stones singing the blues. This is all part of the beauty and power of music and it reverberates deeply in me. All this to say, I’m honoured. I liked The Kills before they chose to cover ‘LOD’. If they can feel themselves in that song, it’s because they are as much a part of it as I am”.

Watch the video for The Kills’ version of ‘List Of Demands’ here:

The Kills will support the Foo Fighters live in the UK at London’s Olympic Stadium on 23 Jun.