By Kyle Anderson
October 21, 2011 at 09:06 PM EDT
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For fans of Garbage, when it rains it pours. (And we already know the rain triggers extreme jubilation.)

The band recently announced their reformation and the in-process-ness of their first new album since 2005’s Bleed Like Me, and now they have a freshly-recorded song just to let everybody know that they haven’t forgotten how to play their instruments in a studio.

The track is a cover of U2’s 1991 song “Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses,” one of the most beloved tracks from their landmark album Achtung Baby. It’s part of an Achtung tribute album put together by U.K. magazine Q that also includes contributions from Jack White (“Love Is Blindness”), Nine Inch Nails (“Zoo Station”), the Killers (“Ultraviolet (Light My Way)”), Depeche Mode (“So Cruel), Patti Smith (“Until the End of the World”), and the Fray (“Trying to Throw Your Arms Around the World”), among others.

Q is calling the tribute AHK-toong BAY-bi, and it’ll be floating around next week as a bonus on their new U2-themed issue. For now, spin Garbage’s “Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses” below. Doesn’t it feel good to hear Shirley Manson singing again?

U2’s original version is one of the bubblier, more anthemic tracks on the electronics-heavy Achtung, but Manson and her cohorts (Butch Vig, Steve Marker, and Duke Erikson) turn it into a breathy, slow-and-low coo. It’s stark and sexy, and really bridges the gap between U2’s art-rock intensity and Garbage’s sexy robotics.

What do you think of Garbage’s cover? And which track from the Achtung Baby tribute are you most interested in hearing?


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