Now I never like to insult a charity attempt… but I’m quite frankly astounded by what I’ve just seen on 4Music.
I’m not quite sure how I missed it, but some of the country’s biggest R and B stars (including N-Dubz, Chipmunk and FrankMusik) have got together to record a charity single… a highly original idea! This time the charity is ‘War Child UK’.
All sounds good so far, but then you hear the song.
It’s a sample of The Killers ‘All These Things That I’ve Done’, using pretty much just the ‘I’ve got soul but I’m not a soldier part’. It really disappoints me that these ‘stars’ have been unable to write a new song for this charity. The result of their mashed up Killers song is just horrible and really makes me want to turn off the TV. It would’ve almost been better if they’d just released the original Killers song (unoriginal but at least listenable!).
The single came out this week and reached only number 10 in the charts… quite low for a charity single (could you imagine Band Aid or Amarillo scoring that low). It’s a real shame because the idea is in the right place, it’s just the execution is so dreadful, I don’t think even the charity officials would buy it. Now maybe if there was a deal that it wouldn’t get played if I brought it…
Another thing to be taken from this is perhaps the idea that we’re fed up with the charity single. It’s hardly an original idea and in the middle of a recession, it seems we just don’t care anymore.
Best of luck to the charity, I really do WANT this to do well, but it’s so poor I wonder if it will. You can listen to the Band Aid/Killers rip -off here!