Gang of Four’s co-founding guitarist Andy Gill passed away last February due to multiple organ failure and pneumonia. To celebrate what would have been his 65th birthday, System of a Down’s Serk Tankian and Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello have shared their cover of Gang of Four’s “Natural’s Not In It.”
The song is the lead single off the upcoming tribute album The Problem of Leisure: A Celebration of Andy Gill and Gang of Four. The album is expected to arrive May 14th. A tracklist is expected next month. The album will be available on vinyl, CD, and cassette each featuring different versions of art by Damien Hirst. Vinyl pre-orders can be found here.
Speaking with Spin about the cover, Morello said “Andy Gill was one of a handful of artists in history who changed the way guitars are played, Gang of Four were just incendiary and completely groundbreaking with Andy’s confrontational, unnerving and sublime playing at the forefront. His jagged plague-disco raptor-attack industrial-funk deconstructed guitar anti-hero sonics and fierce poetic radical intellect were hugely influential to me.”
Last year, Morello released the Comandante EP. He’s also featured in the upcoming Serj Tankian documentary Truth to Power, which comes out February 19th.