So, there’s no way those big winter plans that Fucked Up has coming down the pipeline could get even more grand, right? Well, it seems like more plates are being spun each time the band is interviewed. In a recent interview with Pitchfork, lead singer Damian “Pink Eyes” Abraham gave a few more details regarding the band’s huge Christmas cover and some more recording plans.
First and foremost, “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”, the song originally recorded in 1984 by Bob Geldof and a slew of musical giants, will be released both digitally and on vinyl. The digital part was to have been released by December 1st, but was moved back due to scheduling issues and late submissions. However, the lineup for the track should more than make up for a late Christmas present.
“It starts off with Ezra from Vampire Weekend, then it goes to Bob Mould, and then Tegan and Sara,” Pink Eyes said regarding the digital version’s line-up. “And then, I believe it’s Kyp [Malone] from TV on the Radio next, and then Yo La Tengo. All of them are on it, but Georgia only sings on the chorus. And then there’s Kevin Drew, David Cross, Andrew WK, and GZA.”
The details on the vinyl version are on the minimal side. But the secrecy is only because the band was unable to meet its original expectations for generating money for charities like Justice for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, the Downtown Eastside Power of Women Group, and Sisters in Spirit.
“No Age. Jarvis Cocker, hopefully,” Pink Eyes said of the acts who will add to the holiday cheer. “And a couple other people that we’re still waiting on. I don’t want to talk about people that don’t end up submitting, but there’s going to be some big surprises on the other one. Time became our enemy because we we really wanted to have it out at Christmas because it’s such a classic, cheesy holiday song. We thought that would be a great time because people will be buying holiday songs, hopefully, on iTunes, and we’d be able to generate more money for the charities involved. But at the same time, we really came up against the deadline. Trying to get this out in time for the holidays proved to be quite a little undertaking.”
But if Christmas music isn’t your thing, the band is also in the beginning processes of writing songs and starting an album with a band that reaches the heights of punk royalty.
“We wrote two new songs just before we left for this tour, and we’re working on “The Year of the Ox” 12″ right now,” Pink Eyes said. “And a couple splits, one with NOFX and one with King Khan and BBQ. And we’re recording some instrumentals for the GZA. We’re getting back into it; we’re trying to find our studio legs again, as pretentious as that sounds. That sounds really pretentious when I say it out loud. It’s almost like you become two different bands. There’s the touring band and the band that writes and records music. We’ve been the touring band for so long now that it’s going to be good to finally sit down and become the band that writes and records music.”
Yeah, we actually meant what we wrote in this post’s title.
The digital version of “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” is expected to be released shortly. The vinyl version is slated for a February 2010 release.