December 14, 2010
U2's 1984 clarion call "Pride (In the Name of Love)" has been recorded by Dierks Bentley, Del McCoury & The Punch Brothers for Bentley’s album Up on The Ridge. Their gorgeous bluegrass cover was recently nominated for the Best Country Collaboration with Vocals Grammy.
December 11, 2010
Erasure have announced the release of a brand new version of their top 5 single, "A Little Respect" – HMI Redux. A colourful new video for the track, shot in New York City and featuring Erasure lead singer Andy Bell, HMI youth and many other passers-by, will be released as well.
Proceeds from the track will be donated to The Hetrick-Martin Institute, the home of the Harvey Milk High School, in New York, and the True Colors Fund. The Hetrick-Martin Institute, the nation’s oldest and largest LGBTQ youth service organization, provides a safe and supportive environment to all young people – regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity so that they can achieve their full potential.
In the wake of all the gay bullying and related suicides that have been reported in the US over the past several months, Erasure wanted to do something special to spread a message of tolerance and to raise money for an organisation that engages in the fight on a daily basis and, because it has become something of a gay rights anthem over the years, it seemed only fitting to release a brand new version of "A Little Respect".
The HMI Redux features a youth chorus from the Hetrick-Martin Institute who also appear in the music video, directed by filmmaker Jason Stein.
The original version of "A Little Respect" was released in 1988 on the album The Innocents.