This Years UK Xmas Number One Single Deserves Your Attention
I’ve never paid very much attention to the number one song at Christmas, but it has always been quite a big deal in the UK. Normally it’s some sappy, syrupy song with little to no musical merit. Some artists specifically aim for the Christmas number one, Cliff Richard springs to mind. I think he even made it one year with The Lords Prayer, I ask you, don’t you just hate it when they make Christmas all about religion?
However, as the Christmas number one is a big seller, it is a good thing if it is a charity single. Do They Know It’s Christmas by Band Aid made it in the 80’s and directed some well deserved funds to the starving in Africa and plenty of attention to the problem ever since.
The 2012 UK Christmas number one could be almost as important. He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother by the Hillsborough Justice Collective is in aid of a very good cause and one that has been swept under the carpet by the British establishment for far too long.
On the 15th April 1989 at the Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield, England, Liverpool were scheduled to play Nottingham Forest in an FA Cup semi final Football (Soccer) match. Due to overcrowding outside the ground the Police decided to open an exit gate and let the fans in faster, but they were directed into two already full sections of the ground. People were getting crushed and they climbed the fences between sections and even up to the stand above them.
Just after the match kicked off a crush barrier broke and people began to fall on to one another. 96 people died in the crush.
The Police blamed the Liverpool supporters for rushing the gate and News International’s The Sun newspaper printed terrible false accusations about what the Liverpool fans did to one another. The lies continued for years with the Police trying to duck their responsibility for the deaths and many others jumping on the band wagon of smearing the Liverpool supporters.
Profits from sales of He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother by the Hillsborough Justice Collective will go to the Hillsborough Justice Campaign and help with the legal costs of righting the years of wrongs that have gone on following this disastrous event. So if you buy one single this year make sure it is this one.
Hopefully the publicity of the single will also highlight to many people that the Police, figures of authority and especially Newspapers, often lie for their own benefits. Never believe what you read, especially in any media owned by News International, no matter what country you are in. Always make your own investigations and decide based upon what you believe is the truth of the matter. As a general guide, if it is reported in a News International newspaper or on one of their TV stations, it is almost certainly a fair degree of fiction, to sell papers, or promote their own political agendas.
OK, let’s talk about the single. The song He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother was originally written and recorded by The Hollies in 1969 and was a huge hit for them. Often associated with dragging a brother home after a big night out, of course the lyrics go further than that. They are about supporting a brother, a friend or anyone that needs it really. This makes the song particularly suitable for the Hillsborough Justice Campaign.
The Hillsborough Justice Collective is made up of numerous well known British artists, many of them Liverpudlians or Scousers, as the residents of Liverpool are also known. The artists involved are Sir Paul McCartney, Take That singer Robbie Williams, Spice Girl Mel C. Andy Lawson, Gerry Marsden, Paul Heaton, Glenn Tilbrook (Squeeze), John Power, Rebecca Ferguson, Holly Johnson (Frankie Goes to Hollywood), Beverley Knight, Paloma Faith, Eliza Doolittle, Dave McCabe, Peter Hooton, Ren Harvieu, John McClure and Shane MacGowan. So something for everyone really.
So here is the video.
But don’t just listen to it here download a copy from iTunes and support the cause, you know it makes sense.
You can also download from Amazon below