Watch Portishead pay tribute to Jo Cox in video for cover of ABBA’s ‘SOS’

Trip-hop legends transform the pop hit

Portishead have unveiled a video for their cover of ABBA classic ‘SOS’.

The trip-hop legends have contributed the track to the soundtrack of recent film High-Rise, starring Tom Hiddleston. The film is an adaptation of the JG Ballard book.

The video features a lone shot of singer Beth Gibbons, before ending with a quote (“We have far more in common than which divides us”) from late Labour MP Jo Cox, who was shot dead last week.


Watch the clip below.

Last year, Geoff Barrow hinted at plans for Portishead’s follow-up to 2008’s ‘Third’. He told Rolling Stone: “I am calibrating my brain to Portishead mode and got some ideas of what I want to do there — at long last.”

Portishead’s Adrian Utley revealed that the band members were “clearing our schedules” in order to work on their fourth album. Utley was speaking at By:Larm Festival in Oslo in February 2014.

“We’re clearing our schedules so we can get on with it, otherwise it will be another 10 years,” he commented, referencing how busy individual members are with other projects, as well as the 11-year gap between Portishead’s second and third albums. Utley added that he had recently discussed plans for a new LP with Barrow. “We were both really enthusiastic, and enthusiasm counts for a lot in Portishead world,” he said.

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