Jarvis Cocker has shared another version of his single 2006 ‘Running The World’ featuring a German string quartet.
Explaining the latest take of the track on his Instagram page, the former Pulp singer said: “So here’s the story: about a month ago the @kaiserquartett sent me a recording of their arrangement of ‘Running the World’ & asked if I’d consider singing on it. So I did.
“The song will feature on one of their upcoming record releases but – given the current campaign – we thought you might like to get a sneak preview right now.” Cocker also uploaded the full track to YouTube which you can listen to below.
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So here’s the story: about a month ago the @kaiserquartett sent me a recording of their arrangement of “Running the World” & asked if I’d consider singing on it. So I did. The song will feature on one of their upcoming record releases but – given the current campaign – we thought you might like to get a sneak preview right now. Given my limited technical knowhow this might only play a segment of the song – but the whole thing is available on Y*uTube etc. Merry Xmas! xx #jarvis4xmas #shelter #sayitwithstrings #letskeepondoingthis (the YT link is: https://youtu.be/Mp2O541bY00
Yesterday, the singer backed a campaign to get the 2006 single to number one this Christmas.
The song, which contains lyrics “Cunts are still ruling the world”, is central to new a Facebook campaign run by fans Michael Hall and Darcie Molina that seeks to promote “inclusivity, representation, love, acceptance and kindness” in the wake of the recently re-elected Conservative government.
“What a strange couple of days!” he wrote. “I just want to say a very big thank you to everyone involved in this campaign to get ‘Cunts Are Still Running The World’ to #1 for Xmas. What a lark!
The post continued: “I’m so proud that people have chosen the song as a means of protest against the social, political & environmental situation we find ourselves in. We’ve been playing this song at the recent JARV IS… shows & I often sing “but not for long” at the very end. I truly believe that, as long as we don’t give up, that is true. These are cold, hard times but initiatives like this campaign make me feel all warm & hopeful inside. Christmasy even.”
Cocker reiterated the campaign’s message that all proceeds from the single will go to the UK-based homeless charity Shelter.