Musicians Against Halloween: Indie Cynicism at Its Best

Published: 2005-08-23
There's nothing better than a good ol' satire, and ex-Unicorn Nick Diamonds has brought us just that. He and New York Times writer Adam Gollner have brought together a top-notch mix of left-of-mainstream artists to bring an end to the horrible and inhumane tradition known as Halloween.

With huge names like Beck and the Arcade Fire doing their part, the "Do They Know It's Halloween" single mocks all those self-important benefit singles out there, "Do They Know It's Christmas" in particular. Not merely poking fun, the coalition will donate all proceeds from the single to UNICEF.

At it's possible to listen to the full track, read the highly amusing lyrics, and read the story behind "Do They Know It's Halloween." Fans of the long list of anti-Halloween artists can buy the single and put their money to good work on October 11th, with both a vinyl and CD edition available.

In alphabetical order, here are all the artists (and many of them Canadian) who contributed to the anti-Halloween movement:

The Arcade Fire's Win & Regine
Buck 65
David Cross
Devendra Banhart
Gino Washington
Les Savy Fav's Syd Butler
Islands' J'aime
Malcolm McLaren
Nardwuar the Human Serviette
The Postal Service's Jimmy Tamborello
Rilo Kiley's Jenny & Blake
Roky Erickson
Sloan's Chris Murphy
Smoosh's Aysa & Chloe
Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore
Spark's Russell Mael
Sum 41's Stevo
They Were Molecules' Liane Balaban
Wolf Parade's Dan & Spencer
Yeah Yeah Yeah's Karen O

Writer: Jaclyn Arndt



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