Published on December 16th, 2014 | by Bill
#AllTogetherNow – Bid for Christmas Number 1
It’s not often we praise the Premier League but we think they’ve got this one right! The powers that be asked the band The Farm to re-record their classic single ‘All Together Now’ to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the Christmas Day truce that saw British and German forces play a game of football in the midst of WWI.
As part of the FA and Premier League’s ongoing #FootballRemembers campaign, the Premier League and Bundesliga sent 2 players from each of their club’s Under-12 sides to make up the choir and The Farm went about forming their Peace Collective. The resulting re-imagined track features figures from all ends of the musical spectrum from Engelbert Humperdinck (ask your Granny), Mick Jones from the Clash (ask your cool Uncle) and the likes of Gorgon City and Clean Bandit (ask the kids letting off pyro at the game). You can watch the resulting video here, but more importantly all the links to buy the single are at the bottom of this article – physical and digital formats are available now.
Those behind the campaign are hoping that the single will make it to number one for Christmas and we for one, fully support that aim. All the money from sales of the single are going to the Red Cross and The Shorncliffe Trust and we’ll leave it to Keith Mullin from The Farm, originally writing for music website, Louder Than War to explain why this isn’t just another charity single:
“All Together Now the Charity Record?
Whilst any monies made will go to charity, being compared to other records out there is a little disingenuous to those involved in making this record (who fully understand what this record is about) & the truce soldiers of WW1.
Sorry but All Together Now 2014 is more than a charity record, the song is and always has been an anti-war song, The Peace Collective are promoting a message (hence the name), we repeat that message daily, The Farm have been repeating it for the last 25-years, this song commemorates peace & those that chose not to fight on Christmas day 1914. It’s a tribute to those brave souls, English & German ordinary folk, who found they had more in common with each other than the aristocracy who sent them there to die.
You cannot compare this to XFactor, Band Aid 30 or any of the other record being made in the name of, they are vehicles in aid of, whose purpose is raising money, the rights or wrong of, I will not debate here. All Together Now exists because of that moment Christmas day 1914, one of humanities greatest ever stories, I struggle to imagine the bravery of those men taking that first step into no man’s land, who were not only at risk of being shot by their supposed enemy, they risked being executed by their own country for fraternizing with that enemy. A spirit stronger than war was at work that night, humanity at its best in my opinion, with that in mind there’s a lot humanity can learn from those men on Christmas day 1914, that’s the message, that story is used now to educate and long may it continue, we’ve tried to keep it alive for 25-years enshrined in a song, you can do more with music than just making money, we can question & educate, demonstrate & challenge, therefore this is not just a charity record!
We do not want money from this, however a consequence of selling records is that, if you sell enough, the record makes money, we do not want that money so we decided to give whatever monies are made to The Red Cross, who are normally the first in any war zone /global tragedy clearing up the mess governments make (they R+ do not have an ego that needs feeding unlike some!!), and The Shorncliffe Trust who are trying to keep the memory of this event alive!!
Be under no illusion as to why we are doing this!
Maybe that’s why radio isn’t playing this record as much as it should, and some just want to pigeon hole it as just another Charity Record..”