Pete Doherty, Billy Bragg, the Big Pink Cover John Cage for Silent Christmas Single
Published Dec 03, 2010A couple of months back, we reported that a number of UK artists, including Thom Yorke, Bryan Ferry and, uh, Bob Hoskins got together to record "Two Minutes Silence," a song featuring nothing but the sounds of silence. The charity number aimed to raise funds in the name of Remembrance Day. In a move that suggests that the British music market is ready to crank their stereos to hear absolutely nothing yet again, another silent single has been announced.
A host of UK talent, including Pete Doherty, Billy Bragg, the Kooks and the Big Pink, among others, are getting together to cover John Cage's "4'33,"" a short composition that instructs musicians to keep quiet during each of its three movements. The cover is set to be recorded on Monday (December 6) and comes as part of the "Cage Against the Machine" campaign, which we previously reported on this fall. The single, which also features UNKLE and Enter Shikari, will be released December 13 and aims to nab the coveted No. 1 spot for Christmas. All proceeds will go to charity.
You can get more information about the Cage Against the Machine project and the charities here.