A charity single raising money to help pay for potential future legal proceedings by the Hillsborough families has been released today (17 December) - and it has a good chance of claiming the Christmas Number 1 slot.
The cover of The Hollies' He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother by The Justice Collective (above) was put together by The Farm's Peter Hooton and features a host of artists from Merseyside and beyond.
"The Hillsborough revelations shocked everyone, and football fans everywhere on Twitter and Facebook were saying, What Can we do to help? The idea for this record is to unite football fans and pop music fans," Hooton told Q of the single, which features Paul McCartney, The Clash's Mick Jones, Spice Girl Mel C and many more.
"It feels like everything we've done as a band has led up to doing this."
The choice of track was inspired by Everton's recent pre-match tribute to the 96 Liverpool fans who were crushed to death at Sheffield's Hillsborough stadium in 1989 - details of which were subsequently covered up at the time by the authorities who were responsible for the disaster - ensuring that the song's appeal goes beyond just one football club.
"As a football fan I couldn't pass up this opportunity to sing a beautiful song and just help out," Port Vale supporter Robbie Williams explained of his involvement.
"When I read that Geoffrey Howe advised Maggie Thatcher in the 80s that she should leave Liverpool to rot because it was economically unviable, that really pissed me off. I'm from a council estate in Stoke. They could have left us to rot too."
He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother by The Justice Collective is out now and is currently bookies favourite to be Christmas Number 1 on Sunday (23 December).
12:30 PM | 17/12/2012
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