On the face of it, Canada’s Fucked Up might not seem like the most festive of acts. They’d drown the puppy you got for Christmas, you definitely wouldn’t win a cracker pull with them, and they’d probably break your gran’s arm if she so much as asked for the cranberry sauce.
Still, mindlessly obnoxious, retrogressive Canadian punks need some kind of an outlet for seasonal good will – so the band have roped in many many members of their extended family to celebrate the holiday period with a Christmas single.
The 7”, named ‘David Christmas’/‘Stars on 45’ will be released on Christmas Eve; its B-side being where the real fun’s at.
‘Stars on 45’ features the following contributors, in full:
James Murphy (LCD)
Cole Alexander (Black Lips)
Davey Havok (AFI)
Faris Rotter (the Horrors)
Kevin Peterson (What’s Your Rupture?)
Mike Fellows (Rites of Spring)
Matt Sweeney (Chavez/Zwan)
Dave One (Chromeo)
Jacob Thiele (the Faint)
Morag and Ursula
Dan Romano (Attack in Black)
Trever Keith (Face to Face)
Jason Green (Panthers/Orchid)
Jerry A. (Poison Idea)
Shenae Grimes (Degrassi: the Next Generation)
Scott Vogel (Terror)
Out through Hidden World Records, the limited edition WTF will surely become a collectable in years to come, and comes sheathed in special Fucked Up wrapping paper. All proceeds will go to George Herman House; a transitional housing and life skills program supporting women with mental health issues in Toronto.
Pre-order one of only 1000 copies from here.
If you’re wondering how this all came about – see the statement from the band below:
“We got the idea to have some friends and luminaries do pieces on the b-side of the record at 5pm on Tuesday 20th November and went into the studio at 7pm.
“We were in a time rush because we'd originally planned to have David Eliade read a bit from "A Christmas Story", but Nick Fenstle ended up getting sick that day and needed to be taken to the hospital....
“Anyhow in two hours we managed to get large pieces from all our friends rolodex's and starting making calls from the studio. The roster is such a weird mélange of people - from close friends to a lot of people we'd never met, nor assumed even know who we are. Graciously even the latter agreed to help out the project, in the interests of the charity.
“As always, we tried calling Uffie numerous times but she wouldn't pick up...the most exciting was definitely Nelly Furtado, not only because of the star-power (which is more subtle in Canada), but because of the process - she just happened to be recording something next door and we literally just bumped into her in the hallway.
“We got our newest member Young Governor psyched up for about an hour before he worked up the courage to barge into the studio to ask her the favour. She was very polite and cool about it!”
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