Warpaint have honored the late Gang of Four guitarist Andy Gill with a cover of the band’s 1981 track “Paralysed.”
Their moody rendition will be included on the forthcoming compilation The Problem of Leisure: A Celebration of Andy Gill and Gang of Four. Warpaint put their own spin on “Paralysed,” which was originally released on Gang of Four’s sophomore album Solid Gold.
Warpaint bassist Jenny Lee Lindberg revealed that the Gang of Four track has helped shape the trajectory of her work, quoting the lyric “the change will do me good” as her life-changing mantra.
“Best piece of advice that pretty much changed my life,” Lindberg said in a statement. “Not to mention Dave Allen’s bass playing also changed me forever. Made me wanna play bass. It was cool to get inside of ‘Paralysed,’ and for Gang of Four to give us freedom to freak out in our way… It was a beautiful opportunity and we’re so excited. It’s an honor actually to be a part of Andy’s tribute.”
Gill passed away last year on February 1 at the age of 64. His widow, author Catherine Mayer, will donate her proceeds from Warpaint’s single to the United Kingdom political party Women’s Equality Party.
The Problem of Leisure will also feature Tom Morello and Serj Tankian’s cover of “Natural’s Not in it.” Other artists who’ve contributed to the record, due out May 14, include IDLES and La Roux.
Listen to Warpaint’s take on “Paralysed” here: