For its own version of a 1984-turned-classic holiday track, Canadian hardcore punkers Fucked Up have created quite the Christmas choir.
The Fucked Up version of “Do We Know Christmas?”, out now via iTunes, is a tongue-in-cheek take on what Bob Geldof and Midge Ure created to benefit famine relief in Ethiopia. But while Phil Collins, George Michael and Bono helped form the original charity ensemble, Band Aid, contributors to this modern take range from prepsters (Ezra Koenig) to rockers (Andrew W.K.), male MCs (GZA) to lady duos (Tegan and Sara), and music-collective members (Kevin Drew) to only-occasional music makers (David Cross, as seen in UNICEF Halloween video featuring Feist, Arcade Fire and Beck).
After using part of its $20,000 cash prize it received from this year’s Polaris Music Prize, Fucked Up is doling all its track proceeds to three organizations investigating the deaths and disappearances of Aboriginal women in Canada: Justice for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, DTES Power of Women Group and Sisters in Spirit. The altruistic gesture is pretty much par for the course with Fucked Up frontman Damian Abraham. After earning a women’s-studies degree, then gaining attention from Fox’s Red Eye host Greg Gutfield, Abraham considered, then declined a “gender issues” commentator position from the television network. “I pointed out that there’d probably be something problematic in having a white male be an expert on gender issues,” Abraham told The Canadian Press, as reported in May.
Expect a 7-inch release, also featuring an unreleased Fucked Up song, from Matador in February 2010.