The Killers release new Christmas single ‘Joel The Lump of Cole’ – watch

Single was recorded with Jimmy Kimmel and will benefit AIDS charity (RED)

The Killers have released new Christmas single ‘Joel The Lump Of Coal’. Listen to the song below now.

The track was recorded with US chat show host Jimmy Kimmel and is the band’s ninth consecutive annual Christmas single for AIDS charity (RED). Kimmel debuted the music video on his TV show last night (December 1) and appears as the voice of Santa Claus. The song is available now via iTunes.

Speaking to NME about the Christmas single, Brandon Flowers of The Killers said: “We watched Back To The Future in Soho in London one night. And of course [the soundtrack is] doused in Huey Lewis. It made me think how much we loved his voice growing up.”

The plan was to ask their mutual friend Kimmel to set them up together. However, Jimmy seized his chance and asked to write a song with the band instead. “Somehow, along the way, Huey lost his involvement,” Flowers adds. “Jimmy had this idea of a lump of coal who goes to a bad kid and gives up his life and becomes a diamond. It’s kind of genius that it hasn’t been used.”

Brandon Flowers has maintained that The Killers will “keep on digging” and have no plans to split, despite his own plans to release a new solo album in 2015. Flowers is working on the follow up to his 2010 solo record ‘Flamingo’ with Haim and Vampire Weekend producer Ariel Rechtshaid.

In August The Killers headlined V Festival in Stafford and Chelmsford – with the band covering Iggy Azalea’s ‘Fancy’ while drummer Ronnie Vannucci performed an interpretive dance.