We waited all yesterday for this to pop up on iTunes and it’s finally arrived… No strangers to the tradition of benefit recordings — see the “David Christmas” 7″, “Year Of The Pig,” etc. — Fucked Up gathered a bunch of friends to record a cover of Band Aid’s “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” with all proceeds going to three Canadian organizations focused on ending the disturbing trend of missing and murdered Indigenous women. (The groups receiving 100% of the proceeds: Montreal’s Justice for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Vancouver’s DTES Power of Women Group, and Ottawa’s Sisters in Spirit.) Getting in the spirit of things, the Toronto band funded the entire recording with a portion of their $20,000 2009 Polaris Music Prize, which they nabbed for The Chemistry Of Common Life. As far as the friends? Even if it isn’t as impressive as “Year Of The Pig”‘s fake lineup, the list is weighty.
Joining Fucked Up proper you’ll find vocal contributions from Yo La Tengo, GZA, past collaborator Ezra Koenig, Bob Mould, Tegan & Sara, Andrew W.K., Kyp Malone, David Cross, and Kevin Drew. As mentioned, yes, you can currently hear a snippet and purchase the track at iTunes. If you prefer physical things, the song will appear on a 7″ along with an unreleased Fucked Up B-Side in February 2010 (via Matador). And, if you want to see a still photo of Cross and watch Koenig sing the chorus in a cappella, here’s that footage.
A side note: Fucked Up are releasing Couple Tracks, a compilation of singles recorded between 2002 – 2009 (along with a two-song limited-edition 7?) on 1/26.