The band reveal their reasons for doing Thunderclap Newman's 'Something In The Air'...

ELBOW have spoken about their choice for the NME WAR CHILD album, ‘1 LOVE’, giving their reasons for covering THUNDERCLAP NEWMAN’s ‘SOMETHING IN THE AIR’.

As reported previously, the album is being assembled in the same spirit as 1995’s ‘Help!’ album, which raised considerable funds and awareness for the charity which supports kids caught in war zones around the world.

The album project, which began last month when NME asked a number of contemporary stars to record versions of their favourite Number One singles of all time for a release to benefit the War Child charity, will feature a host of top names.

Elbow picked ‘Something In The Air’.

“First of all it’s a song that everyone knows and – apart from the awful, ridiculous piano solo – we thought it was appropriate to cover a protest song but do it in quite a lethargic manner”, Guy Garvey told XFM. “Because that tends to be the general opinion of war these days, no one seems to be arsed who we are bombing the living shit out of.”

He said that they got involved with War Child because “it’s not specifically for one war but for any children that are victim of conflict of some kind, there’s no political angle to it”.

‘1 Love’ is released on October 14. The full line-up is below, with the name of the act they’re covering, plus the year it was originally a Number One in the UK, in brackets.

Starsailor – ‘All Or Nothing’ (The Small Faces, 1966)

Feeder – ‘The Power Of Love’ (Frankie Goes To Hollywood, 1984)

Sugababes – ‘Killer’ (Adamski, 1990)

Muse – ‘House Of The Rising Son’ (The Animals, 1964)

Stereophonics – ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ (Sinead O’ Connor, 1990)

Faithless/Dido – ‘Dub Be Good 2 Me’ (Beats International, 1990)

Oasis – ‘Merry Xmas Everybody’ (Slade, 1973)

Elbow – ‘Something In The Air’ (Thunderclap Newman, 1969)

Ms Dynamite – ‘Back To Life (However Do You Want Me)’ (Soul II Soul, 1989)

Manic Street Preachers – ‘Out Of Time’ (Chris Farlowe, 1966)

Badly Drawn Boy – ‘Come On Eileen’ (Dexy’s Midnight Runners, 1982)

Prodigy – ‘Ghost Town’ (The Specials, 1981)

Jimmy Eat World – ‘Firestarter’ (Prodigy, 1996)

McAlmont And Butler – ‘Back For Good’ (Take That, 1995)

Darius – ‘Pretty Flamingo’ (Manfred Mann, 1966)

More Fire Crew -‘Dreams’ (Gabrielle, 1993)