PM will appear in promo for Comic Relief single 'One Way Or Another'
Prime Minister David Cameron will appear in the video for One Direction‘s new charity single, ‘One Way Or Another (Teenage Kicks)’, which is this year’s official Comic Relief track.
The Prime Minister will line up alongside Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan and Liam Payne in the video, which is due to be revealed prior to the annual live telethon on Friday, March 15. Little is known about Cameron’s role in the video, though it is thought that the PM’s part was filmed outside 10 Downing Street.
One Direction’s Comic Relief single will be a mash-up of cover versionwith the teen band combining The Undertones’ ‘Teenage Kicks’ with Blondie’s ‘One Way Or Another’. The group are expected to perform the track at the Brit Awards this week (February 20). Speaking about their decision to cover the song, the band’s Louis Tomlinson said: “Getting the chance to perform Blondie’s song will be incredible. We’re so excited! Red Nose Day is a great excuse to have a lot of fun and to raise money, please get involved.”
The position of Prime Minister has long held close links to Comic Relief with Tony Blair appearing in a Catherine Tate sketch in 2007 and Gordon Brown appearing alongside JLS and James Corden for a similar comedy moment in 2011. David Cameron has previous form, having filmed a spoof Masterchef episode alongside comic actors such as Miranda Hart and Ruby Wax, also in 2011.
By cosying up to David Cameron, One Direction are bucking the trend for musicians mocking and pouring scorn on the Conservative Party leader. Earlier this year Radiohead’s Thom Yorke said he would “sue the living shit” out of the PM if he used a song of his without permission while Johnny Marr has again repeated his discomfort with Cameron calling himself a Smiths fan. Describing Cameron’s approval of his work as “funny”, Marr this morning (February 19) told Radio 4’s Today Show that, “I told him I forbid him to like it. He should not like us… we’re not his kind of people. I think forbid is a really funny kind of word.”