Exclusive – Radiohead, Gorillaz, Razorlight to record new songs for War Child

'Help: A Day in the Life' will mark the 10th anniversary of 1995's 'Help' compilation...

RADIOHEAD, GORILLAZ and Manic Street Preachers are amongst the bands who will contribute to a new album being put together in aid of WAR CHILD.

‘Help: A Day in the Life’ will mark the 10th anniversary of the ’Help’ album in 1995.

The project aims to compile the best bands of this generation and give them one day to record a new piece of music, which War Child will make available on [url=]www.warchildmusic.com on September 9. A CD release will follow a few weeks later.

Other bands already confirmed include Coral, [/a], [a], Hard-Fi, [a][/a], Elbow and Maximo Park.

War Child boss Mark Waddington said: “As a music fan, I know what the original ’Help’ album meant and as the present CEO of War Child I know what it achieved. It was my intention that any new album we made in 2005 should match up to the feats of the past. That’s why we have set ourselves the challenge of remaking history and releasing the fastest album ever… again! It’s a tall order but we feel with the support of amazing artists we can make it happen and help a new generation of children affected by war.”

War Child was launched in 1993 as a response to the affect of the Balkans conflict on children. In 1995, 20 of the UK’s bands and artists went into studios across Europe to each produce a track for ’Help’, the fastest-ever number one album in British music history.

For more on this story, see this week’s NME, which is out today in London (August 9), and nationwide tomorrow.