Eagles Of Death Metal Want Everyone To Help Victims Of Paris Attacks By Covering Their Music
Written by Tom Williams on 2nd December, 2015
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Eagles Of Death Metal (EODM) have launched a campaign encouraging all musicians to cover their song I Love You All The Time, with all royalties from the covers going towards EODM co-founder Josh Homme’s Sweet Stuff Foundation and its work with the victims of last month’s terrorist attack at an EODM concert in Paris.
In a letter (Via Rolling Stone) which has reportedly been sent to bands and artists, EODM say that while the Paris attacks were “senseless and violent”, they aren’t giving “another second of precious time to those who have tried to steal our freedoms and take away our power”.
In the letter, which can be read in full below, EODM call on their fellow musos to “Play It Forward” by covering I Love You All The Time before also offering up one of their own songs to be covered, and following suit by donating any publishing income they receive from these covers.
“We are calling upon our friends to donate their time, talent and good will in a show of solidarity to help the victims of these atrocious acts in Paris and those affected by terrorism worldwide,” the band says.
“Whether you’re Soul or R&B; Hip Hop or Hippy; Garage, Goth, Country, Punk or Pop; Death Metal or DJ; It matters not. Your individual musical differences become our collective strength.
“We are the music of hope & possibility. We are the call to arms. We are the chorus of victory. We are songs in the key of life. We are the Champions… of the World.”
One of the first acts to cover I Love You All The Time was My Morning Jacket, who played the song at a show over the weekend. The Dean Ween Group have since contributed their own version as well, which can be heard below.
EODM also use their letter to ask all digital music stores to donate their income from these ‘Play It Forward’ covers to charity. You can read the letter in full below, and share your support over at the Sweet Stuff Foundation.
Listen: The Dean Ween Group – I Love You All The Time (Eagles Of Death Metal Cover)
EODM’s Letter Launching The ‘Play It Forward’ Initiative
Hello talented friend, The senseless and violent terrorist attacks of Nov. 13, 2015 in Paris have left us all unsettled and we dare not give another second of precious time to those who have tried to steal our freedoms and take away our power.
Instead, we are writing to ask for your help to Play It Forward. We are calling upon our friends to donate their time, talent and good will in a show of solidarity to help the victims of these atrocious acts in Paris and those affected by terrorism worldwide.
We are asking for you to cover our song “I Love You All The Time.” For every cover sold, we pledge to donate 100% of the publishing income to The Sweet Stuff Foundation. We ask that you also donate the money generated from sales of the song to the charity.
In the same spirit, we would encourage you to offer one of your songs up to be covered by another artist, and follow suit – donate the publishing monies to charity – The Play it Forward Initiative.
Whether you’re Soul or R&B; Hip Hop or Hippy; Garage, Goth, Country, Punk or Pop; Death Metal or DJ; It matters not. Whether your version is faithful to ours, instrumental, uses only lyrics or fragments thereof or is completely reimagined in every way, it matters not. Your individual musical differences become our collective strength. Simultaneously, we will call upon iTunes, Tidal, Amazon, Spotify & all others who will sell these covers, to join us and donate their portions to a charity as a symbol of unity. So many wonderfully talented artists have offered their love & support or have reached out asking, “How can we help?” Our answer is simple; Unite with us. All of us. The musicians, the bands, the music companies & the fans… because we are music. We are the anthems of great nations. We are the songs of our forefathers. We are the hymns of God. The songs of the broken hearted. The unchained melodies. The songs of puppy love & of love that cannot be broken. We are the music of hope & possibility. We are the call to arms. We are the chorus of victory. We are songs in the key of life.
We are the Champions… of the World.
In the event our song doesn’t float your boat, we encourage you to help unite our business by any means possible. If you’re drawing a blank, donate something of yours or the proceeds from one of your songs, as Duran Duran has so graciously done. But do join us help & heal through music. They attacked us all, please hear the call.
Thank you for your time & love to you all,
Eagles of Death Metal
Eagles Of Death Metal’s Jesse Hughes & Josh Homme / Image: Facebook