Elton vs Pnau ‘Good Morning To The Night’

Elton vs Pnau

‘Good Morning To The Night’

Single out June 25th

Album out July 2nd

Australian electronic music duo Pnau re-invent Elton John ‘70-76 for new project - set to be soundtrack of the summer

“We would like ‘Good Morning To The Night’ to be Number 1 for three million years” Popjustice


You may know Pnau from their breakthrough side-project ‘Empire Of The Sun’; Elton John signed the pair after listening to their record, and now with his blessing, a selection of Elton’s old masters will be re-imagined into an album featuring their recreations of his classic songs between 1970 and 1976.


Lead track ‘Good Morning To The Night’ (out June 25th) was leaked, initially airing on Pete Tong’s BBC Radio 1 show last month and has already been tipped as the anthem of the summer. The awesome yet almost unrecognisable reinvention of Elton’s 1972 song ‘Mona Lisas & Mad Hatters’ will also feature as one of eight tracks on the album, released on July 2nd.


Some of the songs on the album draw from as many as six different early Elton tracks and added loops, samples and their own material, creating an altogether revolutionary new style of music reinterpretation.


Elton himself is a huge fan of Pnau’s work and gave his blessing as well as access to his original works from that era to allow them to create this revolutionary new collection of compositions. Elton’s summer tour of Europe will include an appearance in Ibiza to promote the project with Pnau including the single ‘Good Morning To The Night’ out on June 25th.


Pnau - Nick Littlemore and Peter Mayes - have known each other since they bonded over Meat Beat Manifesto and Altern-8 when were both ten-year-olds growing up in Sydney; there was a shed in Nick’s back yard which became their first studio after they stole an amp from their school and wired it up. The duo’s first endeavours involved soundtracking Super 8 films they’d made. “We didn’t know what we were doing,” Nick laughs. “I didn't even know where Middle C was on the keyboard!”


In the years that followed Nick and Peter developed together as musicians. Their first album as Pnau was never properly released but their second, 2000’s ‘Sambanova’, went on to win Dance Release Of The Year at the ARIAs. Four years passed before their third album ‘Again’ appeared, but it was their fourth, self-titled album another four years later that blew the doors open for Pnau. The band found themselves championed by Elton John. Elton’s fought their corner ever since and has taken on a low-key A&R role for ‘Soft Universe’, their first album for Ministry Of Sound in the UK. His role, the band agree, feels more like a mentorship. “To have had Elton’s support has been incredible,” Nick explains, “it’s about having an opportunity to exist in the world. Making music in Australia, it often feels like you don’t have any connection with the rest of the world.”


The monumental career of international singer/songwriter and performer Elton John has spanned more than five decades. He is one of the top-selling solo artists of all time, achieving 35 gold and 25 platinum albums, and he has had 29 consecutive US Top 40 hits. Elton has sold more than 250-million records worldwide, and holds the record for the biggest selling single of all time, ‘Candle in the Wind ’97’, which sold over 33 million copies. Since his career began in 1969, Elton has played over 3,000 concerts worldwide. 


Elton remains committed to his music and to touring, becoming more, rather than less, busy as time passes. In 2011 Elton returned to The Colosseum, Caesars Palace, Las Vegas with his all-new show, ‘The Million Dollar Piano’.  In 2012 he returned to the recording studio with producer T Bone Burnett and toured North, Central and South America. 

  Elton Versus Pnau - Good Morning To The Night by Elton Versus Pnau


Pre-order link: http://bit.ly/Inp2gH


          Full Track listing:


            1. Good Morning To The Night   
            Includes Elements from the following original Elton John Sound Recordings: 
            Philadelphia Freedom 
            Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters

Funeral for a Friend 


Gulliver/It's Hay Chewed

Sixty Years On (Live in Australia)

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

Someone Saved my Life Tonight


2. Sad  

Includes Elements from the following original Elton John Sound Recordings:

Nice and Slow

Crazy Water


Sorry Seems To Be the Hardest Word



3. Black Icy Stare

 Includes Elements from the following original Elton John Sound Recordings:

Cold Highway

You're So Static

Solar Prestige a Gammon


4. Foreign Fields 

Includes Elements from the following original Elton John Sound Recordings:


Someone Saved My Life Tonight

High Flying Bird

Sweet Painted Lady

Cage the Songbird



5. Telegraph to the Afterlife   

Includes Elements from the following original Elton John Sound Recordings:


We All Fall in Love Sometimes

Funeral for a Friend 

Sweet Painted Lady  

I’ve Seen That Movie Too

Love Song

Indian Sunset 


6. Phoenix   

Includes Elements from the following original Elton John Sound Recordings:

Grey Seal

Are You Ready for Love

Benny and the Jets

Someone Saved My Life Tonight

Where to Now St Peter?

Love Lies Bleeding

Border Song

Country Love Song

Three Way Love Affair


7. Karmatron  

Includes Elements from the following original Elton John Sound Recordings:

Madman Across The Water

Funeral for a Friend


The Ballad of Danny Bailey (1909-1934)


One Horse Town

Screw You


8. Sixty

Includes Elements from the following original Elton John Sound Recordings:

Sixty Years On

Sixty Years On (Live in Australia)

Sixty Years On (Live 17-11-70)

Indian Sunset

April 25, 2012 3:05pm ET by Mercury Music Group   Comments (0)

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