Yep Roc Records is pleased to announce the release of Peggy Sue Play the Songs of Scorpio Rising on Sept. 18. The album features 12 new arrangements of songs from the 1963 Kenneth Anger cult classic, Scorpio Rising, recorded by the band. The songs from the Scorpio Rising soundtrack are classic 1960s pop songs; here, the band adds some of its haunting gravitas and harmonies fans have come to expect. In the US, the band will sell a limited run of hand-made autographed CDs available exclusively from the Yep Roc Store, in addition to a digital release.
In the Spring of 2011, the band was invited to perform a live soundtrack to a film at a temporary cinema in Hackney, East London. They chose Scorpio Rising, mostly because of its groundbreaking rock n’ roll/doo wop soundtrack. With no dialogue or captions, director Kenneth Anger was one of the first to use pop music to harness and alter the meaning of his images. Scorpio Rising is like a 30-minute music video long before its time.
After many long hours perfecting the art of playing along to the film without getting distracted, Peggy Sue played its 12 new arrangements of the massive pop hits that appear on Anger’s original soundtrack. It was without a doubt one of the most fun and nerve wracking 30 minutes of their careers, so they stole away to the studio over the next six months to record their versions of the songs.
Peggy Sue’s latest album, Acrobats, was recorded in Bristol with John Parish (PJ Harvey, Sparklehorse) and was released in October 2011 to critical acclaim. A much louder record than their first effort, band members Katy, Rosa, and Olly revisited bands they loved as teens turning to The Breeders and Sonic Youth for inspiration. They have toured with First Aid Kit and Kate Nash.
Peggy Sue’s Play the Songs of Scorpio Rising Track Listing: