William S. Burroughs ‘Sings’ REM and The Doors

Via Open Culture:

The nineties saw a lot of alternative bands not only wear their influences on their sleeves, but also bring them up on stage and into the studio. William S. Burroughs was one such luminary, appearing on Tom Waits’ 1993 The Black Rider, a collaboration with Kurt Cobain titled “Priest They Called Him,” and September Songs, a 1997 Kurt Weill tribute album featuring the likes of PJ Harvey, Nick Cave, Elvis Costello, and Lou Reed. In 1996, Burroughs got together with R.E.M. for a cover of their “Star Me Kitten” from ‘92’s Automatic for the People.


 

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  • Cyprus Mulch

    Burroughs also appeared in the music video for industrial band Ministry’s song “Just One Fix,” (directed by Peter “Sleazy” Christopherson of Throbbing Gristle and Coil notoriety) and collaborated with them on a spoken word/music track entitled “Quick Fix.”

  • InfvoCuernos

    That’s the great thing about junkies: pay em an eightball and they’ll do anything. Glad that the madison ave set never caught on to that.

  • hotstiks

    Just waiting for my man. Burroughs should be required reading for anyone seeking a cure – either from drugs, or the society that makes junk a preferred state of being. His ability to step out of himself and watch the rat in the junk maze denotes his writing. Being rich didn’t hurt, either.