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Hannah & Barbera for Xmas number one!

Hannah & Barbera for Xmas number one!

John Cage
Its that time of year again when someone starts a Xmas campaign to stop yet another X-Factor number one.

This year our very own Clive Langer, Charlie Andrew, Man Like Me and Suggs & Chas Smash are getting involved! As a response to last years successful Rage Against the Machine campaign, this year a group of facebook enthusiasts lead by XFM presenter Eddy Temple-Morris have set up Cage Against The Machine. They will be recording a cover of John Cages 4′ 33″. Which for those not in the know is 4 minutes and 33 seconds on silence, money raised from sales will also be split between five charities. Ladbrokes have made the track amoung the favourites for XMAS number one slashing the odds to 8/1 this week.

Recording takes place today at Dean Street studios, Clive & Charlie will be sharing recording duties with Paul Epworth (Florence & The Machine, Bloc Party, Friendly Fires), while film maker Dick Carruthers (Oasis, Manics, Rolling Stones) will capture all the (in)action for the official music video. Artists standing in silence for four and half minutes include: Suggs & Chas Smash from Madness, Johnny from Man Like Me and the likes of Mr Hudson, UNKLE, Pete Doherty, Enter Shikari, Fenech-Soler, The Big Pink, The Kooks, Coldcut, Orbital, Heaven 17, John Foxx, Dan Le Sac, Jon McClure, Penguin Prison, Crystal Fighters, and Monarchy, with more still to be announced. Billy Bragg will also be on the track, but can’t make it to the studio so will instead phone in his silence. It’s also been announced that Alex Metric, Adam F, Hot Chip, Hervé and Mr Scruff will create remixes of the finished track as B-sides for the single release. The ‘remixes’ will actually be four minutes and 33 seconds long audio snapshots of each remixer’s life.

The single will then be released by Wall Of Sound on 12 Dec. All proceeds will be split between five charities: The British Tinnitus Association, the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM), Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy, Youth Music and Sound And Music. There will also be a launch party at Madame Jo Jo’s in Soho at the White Heat club night on 14 Dec.

Stay up to date with all Cage Against The Machine goings on at facebook.com/cageagainstthemachine.

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