Sharon Van Etten and Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme have released a cover of Nick Lowe’s 1974 song, “(What’s So Funny ’Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding?.”
The track was originally performed by Lowe, but was made popular in 1978 by Elvis Costello & the Attractions. For their soul-stirring rendition, Van Etten and Homme had recruited the help of Florence and the Machine drummer Loren Humphrey, songwriter Dave Palmer, Jay Bellerose and Charley Dam. Homme’s QOTSA bandmate Michael Shuman also assisted on the cover, serving as the track’s producer alongside Zachary Dawes.
“When my friend Zach Dawes first suggested we try to cover Nick Lowe’s timeless song, ‘Peace, Love and Understanding,’ I was nervous and excited and wondered what direction we would take it together,” Van Etten wrote in an Instagram post. “The journey from then to now, and the unexpected collaboration that transpired leaves me wistful as I remember how lucky I am to have such a great community here in Los Angeles.”
Van Etten released a brand-new song at the start of the year titled “Staring at a Mountain.” The track will be featured in the indie film, Never Rarely Sometimes Always, which Van Etten also stars in. Last year, she released her fourth studio album, Remind Me Tomorrow, which featured the songs “Jupiter 4” and “Comeback Kid.”
Meanwhile, Homme is set to appear alongside gospel singer Mavis Staples on “Pulling the Pin,” a track from Run the Jewels’ upcoming album Run the Jewels 4.
Listen to their cover of “(What’s So Funny ’Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding?” below: