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Do They Know It's Christmas gets 'Fucked Up'

Excruciatingly bad charity single ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas’ has gone through at least three versions, all of which have escaped critical comment because it’s for a damn good cause. (Which, in case you didn’t know - and you need to for later in this story - was starving Africans). But word has surfaced of a new, alternative take on the single, led by Fucked Up frontman Pink Eyes. He’s asked such indie alumni as Vampire Weekend, TV on the Radio, Broken Social Scene and more to rerecord it, and this time the money is going to some different charities. One of them is ‘Justice for the Missing’, a body asking for help in the disappearances of thousands of native Canadians. Of course, it wouldn’t be Fucked Up without him upsetting someone, so lets just let him explain: "I liked the idea of somewhat marginalized indie rockers coming together for a marginalized cause ... There's a kind of cavalier colonialism to the original, like the West has to go in and help this poor Third World country. But the charities that we're trying to help are exactly a product of this colonial history. People who have been subjugated and oppressed for so many years are going missing. So there's an irony to using the song." Send all complaints about colonial guilt / rehashing the song yet again his way.

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