Fucked Up have delivered on their Polaris-winning promise, and quickly. As of yesterday, their prize-funded, guest-rammed remake of the 1984 classic “Do They Know It’s Christmas” is available for purchase on iTunes. Featuring Andrew W.K., Bob Mould, David Cross, Vampire Weekend singer Ezra Koenig, GZA, Kevin Drew, TV on the Radio’s Kyp Malone, Tegan & Sara, and Yo La Tengo, it contains just enough other name-drops to hopefully avoid the awkward “It’s a band, dad” explanation during Christmas-time chats with the family.
Three different charities will benefit from the track’s proceeds, all of which serve to bring awareness and action to issues affecting native women in Canada, especially the large-and-growing number of missing and murdered women: the Montreal-based Justice for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Vancouver-based DTES Power of Women Group, and Ottawa’s Sisters in Spirit. Fucked Up frontman Damian Abraham told the band’s label Matador Records that “it’s hard to find a balance between the song being a fun, playful holiday classic and the reason we’re putting it out: to benefit organizations dealing with a deadly, serious issue.”
For a measly ninety-nine cents, you can download the track on iTunes now—and save your dollars, because in February, it will be released as a 7″ and include a previously unreleased Fucked Up B-side.