With the UK on the cliff edge of a mass homelessness crisis, Nottingham activist post-punks Sleaford Mods have harnessed the Pet Shop Boys’ great depiction of inner-city life and the class divide, West End Girls, to raise money for Shelter.
The song is available to stream from today, with a physical release to follow. Fans will be able to buy the single on the UK band’s current tour and in record shops from 15 December.
Proceeds from the new version of West End Girls will go to help people facing homelessness. It’s an issue Sleaford Mods have long campaigned on – showing strong ongoing support for both Shelter and Big Issue.
The pair – singer Jason Williamson and musician Andrew Fearn – recently invited Big Issue to accompany them at their biggest ever show, supporting Blur in Wembley Stadium, and previously sold a limited edition t-shirt in collaboration with political artist Cold War Steve to raise money for Shelter.
“We wanted to do something for Shelter again in the run up to Christmas,” said Williamson. “Their work all year round is so important and – unfortunately, considering the state of the country – more needed than ever.”
Sleaford Mods will also be collecting for the charity at their current run of UK tour dates, which kicks off in Birmingham on 22 November. “We are pleased proceeds from the single can go to them, and if you are coming to a show and can afford to make a donation, then Andrew and I really appreciate it too.”