Vedder and Finn to Appear on Compilation

Article on the upcoming Hunters and Collectors tribute album, Crucible.

Author: Darren Levin, Faster/Louder.

Date: 9 August 2013.

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Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder and Crowded House’s Neil Finn have teamed up for a Hunters & Collectors cover for a new Mushroom tribute compilation.

The pair are the latest names unveiled for the compilation, along with Alpine, Birds of Tokyo and The Living End. They join an already formidable lineup including Matt Corby, Missy Higgins, Oh Mercy, Paul Kelly, The Rubens, Something For Kate and The Panics, with the full list of acts to be unveiled at 11pm tonight.

As FL reported this week, prolific Melbourne outfit The Avalanches also feature on the compilation, remixing ‘Talking To A Stranger’ from Hunters & Collectors’ 1982 debut. “The remix is cut up with an old disco sample,” said a release from the band’s label Modular, which went to great lengths to point out that it was “not new music from The Avalanches”.

Finn and Vedder have performed together several times, most notably for Finn’s “7 Worlds Collide” project in 2001. Finn also joined Pearl Jam on stage in Christchurch for a rendition of the Crowded House classic ‘Better Be Home Soon’. While the compilation’s tracklist hasn’t been unveiled yet, Vedder has covered Hunters & Collectors’ ‘Throw Your Arms Around Me’ many times in the past. Watch below.

Vedder and his Pearl Jam bandmates – Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard, Mike McCready and Matt Cameron – will be on their way to Australia for the Big Day out in January. Touring their new album Lightning Bolt, the band will be playing “epic” two-hour sets to close the Blue mainstage.