Pulp frontman has released a new, cleaner recording of his song ‘Running the World’ which has arrived as a surprise Christmas hit.
Originally released in 2006, the song is a direct attack at politicians and has gained notoriety after the recent General Election result. “If you thought things had changed / Friend, you’d better think again / Bluntly put, in the fewest of words: / Cunts are still ruling the world,” Cocker sings.
A Facebook group launched the campaign to get Cocker to number one in the charts this Christmas, organised by fans Michael Hall and Darcie Molina who said they are trying to promote “inclusivity, representation, love, acceptance and kindness” following the hateful rhetoric of the past six months and what will undoubtedly follow after the Conservatives regained power.
“So here’s the story: about a month ago the @kaiserquartett sent me a recording of their arrangement of ‘Running the World’ & asked if I’d consider singing on it. So I did,” the Pulp frontman said in a post on social media. “The song will feature on one of their upcoming record releases but—given the current campaign—we thought you might like to get a sneak preview right now.”
Cocker added: “What a lark! I’m so proud that people have chosen the song as a means of protest against the social, political & environmental situation we find ourselves in,” in his post on Instagram. “We’ve been playing this song at the recent JARV IS… shows & I often sing “but not for long” at the very end. I truly believe that, as long as we don’t give up, that is true.
“These are cold, hard times but initiatives like this campaign make me feel all warm & hopeful inside. Christmasy even.”