STARS IN BIG BEAT SURRENDER!

Rufus Wainwright, KD Lang and Debbie Harry join the duo...

PROPELLERHEADS have collaborated with Rufus Wainwright, DEBBIE HARRY and KD LANG on songs for their new album.

The duo, Alex Gifford and Will White, are still working on the follow-up to 1998’s ‘Decksandrumsandrockandroll’. Speaking in the US, Gifford said that the band have been scrapping material because it didn’t sound “fresh” enough to be worthy of release.

He commented: “I guess you could say we’ve been experimenting. About the time the last record came out, it just seemed (there was) a saturation of similar kinds of music so we just started to poke around in slightly different directions to see what we could come up with.

“We ended up nearly finishing a record a couple of times, but both times decided it wasn’t really that fresh and there’s no point of doing more of the same.”

Following the success of the collaboration with Shirley Bassey on the single ‘History Repeating’, Gifford said they have recorded a song called ‘Welcome Home’ with Rufus Wainwright and KD Lang – and are hoping to work with Blondie star Debbie Harry.

Speaking about Harry, he told Rolling Stone: “She’s such a sweetheart and such an icon, and I think I’ve got an amazing song for her. The thing is to write songs for people, for that singer particularly, that not only suits their voice, but their personality. Like try to imagine their ideal song. With ‘History Repeating’, I tried to imagine what Shirley Bassey’s ideal song would be now . . . and tried to write that.”

Propellerheads hope to release their new material later this year or in 2003.