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SuperHeavy on World Cafe | November 22, 2011

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SuperHeavy's credentials don't read much like those of most new bands. Its members boast 11 Grammy Awards between them, legendary parents, record sales in the millions and multiple Academy Awards for film scoring. And, on top of that, the band's existence was kept a secret until May 2011.

This is a supergroup in every sense of the word — a large-scale collaboration featuring Mick Jagger, The Eurythmics' Dave Stewart, soul singer Joss Stone, reggae star Damian Marley and composer A.R. Rahman. Self-described as a "reggae fusion" outfit, SuperHeavy assembles an intriguing medley of genres. Indian and Jamaican rhythms flirt with electronica and blues in "One Day One Night," while "Energy" features Marley rapping over a pumping beat, not unlike those that drove Rahman's soundtrack to Slumdog Millionaire. The band's worldly feel is no accident; SuperHeavy's core concept was to get a group of musicians with different backgrounds in a studio and see what might come out of it.

Hear the result of this cultural and musical collaboration when the band visits World Cafe for an interview and performance, hosted by WXPN's Michaela Majoun.(link)


Hour 1

(( )) for interlude music

Sugar Blaze "Miss You" Blue Blazes
Of Monsters & Men "Little Talks" My Head Is An Animal
The Pretenders "Mystery Achievement" The Pretenders
Megafaun "State/Meant" Megafaun
Dr. Dog "Stranger" Shame, Shame

((The Who "Summertime Blues" Then And Now))
The Rolling Stones "Miss You" Some Girls
The Rolling Stones "Before They Make Me Run" Some Girls

((The Bees "She Is Gone" High Society))
The Rolling Stones "No Spare Parts" Some Girls
The Rolling Stones "Miss You" Some Girls
The Rolling Stones "Some Girls" Some Girls

((Los Campesinos "You! Me! Dancing!" Hold On Now, Youngster))

Hour 2

Eurythmics "There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart)" Be Yourself Tonight
Joss Stone "Fell In Love With A Boy" The Soul Sessions
Merry Clayton "Gimme Shelter" Strange games And Funky Things

((When Saints Go Machine "Add Ends" Konkylie))
Superheavy "Hey Captain" Superheavy
Superheavy "Miracle Worker" Superheavy
Superheavy "One Day One Night" Superheavy

((The Loom "Give Up The Ghost" Teeth))

Buckwheat Zydeco "Beast Of Burden" Where There's Smoke There's Fire
Alabama Shakes "Hold On" Alabama Shakes EP
Diego Garcia "You Were Never There" Laura
Mayer Hawthorne "A Long Time" How Do You Do

((The Broken West "Baby On My Arm" I Can't Go On, I'll Go On))