May's anti-badger cull track features guest vocals from mighty-voiced actor Brian Blessed
Brian May‘s anti-badger cull protest song has entered the British iTunes Top 40.
At the time of writing (August 30), ‘Save The Badger Badger Badger’ sits right at Number 40 on the iTunes Hot Songs chart. The track is essentially a mash-up of the May-penned Queen classic ‘Flash’s Theme’ and ‘Badger Badger Badger’, the infamous YouTube sensation by Weebl.
The track features guest vocals from mighty-voiced actor Brian Blessed, who played Prince Vultan in the original Flash Gordon film for which ‘Flash’s Theme’ was written. “Keep the badgers aliiiiiiiiiiive!” Blessed is heard booming at the end of the minute-long track. Click ‘play’ above to give it a listen.
‘Save The Badger Badger Badger’ by Brian May and Weebl was actually released on iTunes on May 20, but has zoomed up the chart over the last 48 hours following an appearance on on Adam Hills’s Channel 4 show The Last Leg on Wednesday night (August 28).
The track’s aim is to raise awareness of Team Badger, a coalition of wildlife protection organisations formed to fight the UK government’s plans to cull badgers in a bid to reduce tuberculosis in cattle. On June 1, May led a march through London to protest against the planned cull.
Responding to the track’s surge in popularity, May said in a message posted on his official website today: “The British people are speaking in their many thousands, and yet the Government is refusing to listen. We thank them for buying this track and giving the badgers a voice. Let’s get this to No.1 so Cameron cannot avoid it… Badgers Rock!”