Nick Cave, Tyler The Creator and Metallica's Kirk Hammett Share Covers of Victorian song

The songs feature on artist Mark Ryden's 'The Gay Nineties Old Tyme Music: Daisy Bell' album.

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Nick Cave, Katy Perry, Metallica's Kirk Hammett and Tyler, the Creator are among the musicians to feature on a limited edition concept album by painter Mark Ryden.

"The Gay Nineties Old Tyme Music: Daisy Bell" sees a host of artists performing their own versions of the traditional song, "Daisy Bell (Bicycle Built for Two)," which was written in 1892. Other musicians to take part include Weird Al Yankovic and Mark Mothersbaugh of Devo and those covers have been shared online.

Click below to listen to Nick Cave, Tyler, the Creator, Kirk Hammet and Katy Perry's versions of the song, alongside specially created videos by Ryden (via NME).

The album was being released in conjunction with Ryden's new show "The Gay '90s," which opened on May 3 at Los Angeles' Kohn Gallery. The exhibition includes a painting of Katy Perry, entitled "Katy Aphrodite." Only 999 copies of the album, which is on 180g red vinyl, were available. All of the copies have been hand-numbered and signed by Ryden. Half of them were be sold at the show opening and the other half on Ryden's website from tomorrow (May 13). The album costs $99.99 and proceeds will go to Little Kids Rock, which supports musical education in disadvantaged schools.

Last year Ryden painted an alternative cover for the deluxe version of Tyler, the Creator's "Wolf" album. Ryden also created the artwork for Michael Jackson's "Dangerous" as well as Red Hol Chili Peppers' "One Hot Minute" and Aerosmith's "Love in an Elevator."

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    It's sad to say, but Hammett's one is the worst of these four.
    he took an overly optimistic Victorian tune and gave it a gloomy post world war twist. The more you think about it, the more brilliant it becomes. Major kudos to Kirk for putting the wah aside to make an artistic expression
    I'm not gonna bash them all for trying something new. Did it work out? Not really, but it's good to see expansion into new territory, which can always lead to some good music.
    It's not like anyone here wants to hear a rendition of "bicycle built for two". Not surprised that this ended up flopping. Just a fundamentally annoying song in any form.