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Fucked Up to Remake “Do They Know It’s Christmas” with Indie Stars

Members of Vampire Weekend, Broken Social Scene, TV on the Radio, No Age Involved

Nov 11, 2009 Fucked Up
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Fucked Up are planning to remake charity song classic “Do They Know It’s Christmas” with members of Vampire Weekend, Broken Social Scene, TV on the Radio, No Age, Yo La Tengo, and others. They are also approaching Feist, M.I.A., and Jarvis Cocker.

Damian Abraham, frontman for Toronto based punk band Fucked Up, recently shared about his liberated exhibitionist experimentation and how he will be covering “Do They Know It’s Christmas” with New York Magazine’s Vulture. Although his shirtless shenanigans and new pantless escapades have excited audiences, it’s the new charity project that will be benefiting “Justice For The Missing” that has the music world a buzz. The original “Do They Know It’s Christmas” was produced in 1984 to aid in relief of the 1984-1985 Famine in Ethiopia. The original was written by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure and included big ‘80s musicians such as George Michael, Duran Duran, Kool and the Gang, Sting, and Bono.

Abraham isn’t trying to take on world hunger, but instead has a cause that hits more close to home. Justice For The Missing purpose is to bring awareness to the 500 missing and murdered aboriginal women in Canada. Abraham says that it is way more than 500 women. “That number is an old official statistic that the government uses, but the number is probably closer to 3,000,” Abraham told Vulture. “We’re not taking on world hunger this time, but something that’s much more marginalized. So I liked the idea of somewhat marginalized indie rockers coming together for a marginalized cause.”

The confirmed indie rockers Abraham refers to are David Cross, members of Vampire Weekend, Broken Social Scene, TV on the Radio, No Age, Bob Mould, The GZA, and Yo La Tengo. He hopefully awaits the answers of Feist, Jarvis Cocker, and M.I.A. all potential artists on this charity cover. “We wanted the biggest people we could get. If we could get a Jonas Brother on this, I would get a Jonas Brother,” said Abraham. Abraham would even put his personal feelings of distain for Bono aside if he could get him to be on board with the cover. “As terrible as I find his music and as reprehensible as I find him as a person, I would definitely have him on.”

The single will be out on Matador Records, with no tentative release date planned at the moment.



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