Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello has teamed up with Serj Tankian of System of a Down to interpret the four-band classic “Natural’s Not in It”. The cover will appear on an upcoming Gang of Four tribute album titled The Problem of Leisure: A Celebration by Andy Gill and Gang of Four due out in May. Listen to Morello and Tankian’s version of “Natural’s Not in It,” and check out Damien Hirst-designed LP art below.
The cover of Morello and Tankian comes out shortly after Andy Gill’s 65th birthday. The legendary Gang of Four guitarist and mastermind died in February 2020 after a brief respiratory illness. Prior to his death, Gill had planned to release The Problem of Leisure to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Gang of Four’s seminal album Entertainment! (The 40th anniversary technically landed in 2019).
“Andy loved what Tom and Serj did with this song, the ferocity of their attack and the engine scream of the feedback,” said Gill’s widow Catherine Mayer in a press release. She continued, “This was a track Andy always loved to play. He said her version brilliantly captured the explosive, danceable energy Natural’s Not In It can produce when performing live. “
Serj Tankian added, “It was a real pleasure working with Tom on this track while honoring the legacy of Andy and Gang of Four.”
Read on the square “Memory of Andy Gill from Gang of Four, who tore punk to pieces”.