To celebrate their 50th anniversary, British bootmakers par excellence Dr Martens have commissioned a number contemporary artists to cover 10 “cult classic” tracks from the past 50 years.
Of particular interest to FACT readers will be Dâm-Funk‘s take on The Human League’s 1981 synth-pop masterpiece ‘Things That Dreams Are Made Of’, and possibly also Buraka Som Sistema’s reinvention of Neneh Cherry’s ‘Buffalo Stance’. Other notable contributors include Noisettes (Buzzcocks’ ‘Ever Fallen In Love With Someone You Shouldn’t Have’) and The Cinematic Orchestra (er, Jeff Buckley’s ‘Lilac Wine’). See below for a full list of the artists and covers confirmed so far.
In addition the music, DMs have commissioned several notable directors – including Don Letts and Rankin – to create original video accompaniments. The videos are available to watch, along with free downloads of the tracks – here. Here’s Dam-Funk in action:
1. Buraka Som Sistema
Covering: Buffalo Stance by Neneh Cherry
2. The Duke Spirit
Covering: If The Kids are United by Sham 69/The Cramps
3. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
Covering: Dirty Old Town by The Pogues
4. Dam Funk
Covering: The Things That Dreams are Made Of by The Human League
Covering: I Wanna Be Adored by Stone Roses
6. Cinematic Orchestra
Covering: Lilac Wine by Jeff Buckley
Covering: Chase the Devil by Max Romeo
Covering: Ever Fallen in Love by The Buzzcocks
Covering: Cherry Bomb by The Runaways
If you fancy winning a complete set of the tracks on vinyl, simply e-mail your name and the words ‘Dr Martens’ to email@example.com. The winner will be notified next Friday.