Martin Gore has helped re-recording The Mission's "Tower of Strength" with a LOT of other famous friends!

From Wayne Hussey:

*“When Covid-19 hit I started receiving messages asking ‘why don’t you re-issue Tower Of Strength for the front line workers?’ The song had apparently been adopted as an anthem by some NHS workers, and it got me thinking that I would like to contribute something to the greater cause at this unprecedented time and the only thing I could really contribute is music. So in conjunction with my good friend Michael Ciravolo, I came up with the idea of recording a new version of Tower Of Strength for charity by enlisting the help of musician friends and acquaintances. Tower Of Strength was first released by The Mission as single in 1988 and then again in 1994. It charted twice in the UK top 40 and has proved to be probably our biggest song and the one we generally close our shows with. It is anthemic. I wondered if recording a more well known song might have a greater reach but neither Michael or I could come up with any suggestions that seemed to fit lyrically without getting too corny. So Tower Of Strength it was then.”* 


*“Usually I detest things that are done for charity that are also self-serving, but I came up with a plan that satisfied my conscience. I spoke with my fellow Mission band members who co-wrote the song – Craig Adams, Mick Brown and Simon Hinkler – and we agreed to give up any publishing income generated by the new version to nominated charities, including mechanical and performance royalties and 100% of any revenue raised by sales. TOS2020 has been renamed to divert funds from the original version, and the charities will all be personally nominated by the people involved in its recording and release. Because the musical contributions are global our idea is that the proceeds will be divided and distributed equally among all the beneficiaries.”*


*“Whilst all the versions will be available to listen to on all streaming platforms I’m gonna ask you to help the cause by buying at least the digital package which is priced at only £2.99. It’s not much, is it? For the price of a coffee you’ll receive all five versions. Come on, help us to help others.”*

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  • **Edit 2: Artists involved:**

    Goth vets **The Mission**’s 1988 single “Tower of Strength” — a top 20 hit in the UK — has been rerecorded by frontman **Wayne Hussey** to benefit frontline workers dealing with COVID-19 globally. For it, he’s called some of his friends to help out, including **Depeche Mode**’s **Martin Gore**, former **Cure** member **Lol Tolhurst**, **Budgie** of **Siouxsie & The Banshees**, **Slowdive**’s **Rachel Goswell**, **Gary Numan**, **Midge Ure** (**Ultravox**/**Visage**), **Andy Rourke** (**The Smiths**), **Bauhaus**/**Love & Rockets** drummer **Kevin Haskins**, **The Cult**’s **Billy Duffy,** **All About Eve**’s **Julianne Regan**, **The Wonder Stuff**’s **Miles Hunt**, **Guns n’ Roses**’ **Richard Fortus**, and more. It’s also got a reunion of **Gene Loves Jezebel**’s **Jay** and **Michael Ashton**, and there will be remixes of the track by **Trentemöller** and longtime collaborator/producer **Tim Palmer**.

  • Edit 1: Tracklisting and Charities benefited from this release


    **REMISSION INTERNATIONAL – “TOS2020” tracklist**

    Vinyl Side A (cat no: SPV 243541 LP)
    1. TOS2020 (Beholden To The Front Line Workers Of The World mix)
    2. TOS2020 (single)

    Vinyl Side B
    1. TOS2020 (Trentemøller remix)*
    2. TOS2020 (Albie Mischenzingerzen remix)**

    CD (cat no: SPV 243542 CD-EP)
    1. TOS2020 (Beholden To The Front Line Workers Of The World mix)
    2. TOS2020 (Trentemøller remix)*
    3. TOS2020 (Albie Mischenzingerzen remix)**
    4. TOS2020 (single)

    Digital Bundle (cat no: SPV 24354D)
    1. TOS2020 (single)
    2. TOS2020 (Beholden To The Front Line Workers Of The World mix)
    3. TOS2020 (Trentemøller remix)*
    4. TOS2020 (Albie Mischenzingerzen remix)**
    5. Tower Of Strength (original new remaster) – The Mission (free bonus track with bundle only)

    **TOS2020 nominated charities currently include:**
    NHS UK
    St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, Memphis
    Music Venue Trust UK
    Covenant House, New Orleans
    Disasters Emergency Committee
    Plan International
    Direct Relief
    Alzheimer’s Scotland
    Liberty Hill Foundation
    The Shrewsbury Ark
    Memorial Sloan Kettering Center, NYC
    Prostate Cancer UK
    The Teddy Bear Clinic
    Red Rover
    Help Musicians UK
    Crew Nation
    Venice Family Clinic
    The Anthony Walker Foundation
    Projeto Cáo Communitário
    The City Of San Francisco Covid-19 Fund

    Note to self: it’s better to get the digital bundle!