First, what must have been the commercially released video to accompany this star-studded cover of The Buzzcocks’ most-successful song. A list of the contributing artists appears toward the end.
Then, if the notion of the UK as a small, close-knit music community unlike anything we could imagine in the United States still hasn’t hit you, there’s the following, more mind-blowing homemade video:
Here’s the homemade video poster, RonnieFriend‘s description:
A single released as a tribute to the late English disc jockey John Peel, featuring the combined talents of Roger Daltry, Elton John, the Datsuns, the Futureheads, David Gilmour, Peter Hook, El Presidente, Robert Plant, Pete Shelley, and the Soledad Brothers. The song was originally released in 1978 by The Buzzcocks.
This got me thinking of the mix of musicians on the old Concert for Kampuchea as well as tales we’ve heard from some of our RTH Interview subjects from the UK. Is there any musical collaboration among American musicians that covers such a range? This is all too much for my little mind to handle alone. Perhaps you can help me crawl into the collective mind of this tribute’s participants and what it means, man. Thanks.