In 2006, former Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker released a protest song called “Running the World.” Now, he’s shared a new version of the track with the Kaiser Quartett following a grassroots movement to catapult the song to the Christmas No. 1 single on the UK charts. Listen to Cocker’s update of “Running the World” below.
The campaign was started by a Facebook group called “Fancy Getting “C**ts Are Still Running the World” to UK Xmas No.1?.” Following a rapid increase in membership, Cocker and his label Rough Trade released the new version of “Running the World.” They will donate proceeds from single sales to a UK homeless charity called Shelter.
“So here’s the story,” Cocker wrote in a statement. “About a month ago the Kaiser Quartett sent me a recording of their arrangement of ‘Running the World‘ & asked if I’d consider singing on it. So I did. The song will feature on one of their upcoming record releases but—given the current campaign—we thought you might like to get a sneak preview right now.”
Read Pitchfork’s 5-10-15-20 interview “Jarvis Cocker on the Music of His Life.”
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