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You Can't Always Get What You Want

MP4, Steve Harley, Ricky Wilson, KT Tunstall and David Gray come together in honour of Jo Cox MP’s legacy and work.

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Friends of Jo Cox featuring MP4, Steve Harley, Ricky Wilson, KT Tunstall and David Gray cover Rolling Stones classic You Can’t Always Get What You Want in honour of Jo Cox MP’s legacy and work

A unique protest single is to be released by a group of music stars and MPs as a tribute to the late MP Jo Cox and her outstanding public service. Under the name Friends of Jo Cox featuring MP4, Steve Harley, Ricky Wilson, KT Tunstall and David Gray, the single will be the first to be released on the iconic Chrysalis Records since the label came back into independent ownership earlier this year.

Sales from the song, a cover of the Rolling Stones classic You Can’t Always Get What You Want will raise funds for the launch of the Jo Cox Foundation established after her death. The song was chosen as it called for multiple singers and choirs, reflecting a message of togetherness. During a time of growing worldwide political upheaval and uncertainty, the song marks the need for unity and tolerance.

The four artists were joined in the studio by Kevin Brennan, Sir Greg Knight, Pete Wishart and Ian Cawsey, all members of the cross-party parliamentary band MP4. The line up was completed by members of the Parliament Choir and the Royal Opera House Thurrock Community Chorus.

The track was recorded at The Backstage Centre in Thurrock with the help of students and apprentices from the National College Creative Industries under the supervision of its principal, Jane Button. PWL chief engineer Phil Harding, Rolling Stones’ conductor and music director Suzi Digby and classical engineer Tony Falconer were all also part of the team. The promotional video and the mini documentary that will accompany the single was filmed and directed by students and apprentices from the National College Creative Industries.

Renowned producer Robin Millar, who has worked with countless artists including Sade, Big Country and Everything But The Girl produced the single.

KT Tunstall said “In such a divisive political climate here and abroad, it was an absolute honour to take part in a project that brought so many different people together, Jo Cox’s family, the local community, numerous MP’s from all over the country and from ALL parties, as well as music artists I very much admire. I was grateful to be able to talk with those who knew Jo, and I can only wish I had known her. She sounded like an extraordinary person. Many people told me she would have loved what we did making this song; coming together to honour the causes she felt so strongly about, and having so much fun doing it. It is a tragic loss that she is gone, but the best way to remember her is to take action, speak up, and be kind.”

Robin Millar said “This is essentially a protest record as we believe a piece of music can still make a statement. We wanted to create something to show that Jo Cox’s hugely selfless and energetic campaigning must live on through greater unity. 16 MPs from across the political spectrum took part alongside our artists to reflect Jo’s belief that more unites us than divides us. I hope by making this record we can both honour Jo and help work continue through the Foundation.”

Steve Harley said “I am not really a political animal. But Jo Cox was a cut above and her legacy should be celebrated. Mrs Cox was a truly special person, and the more I learn about her life and work, the more deeply I admire her.”

David Gray said “In an era of public disenchantment that has seen politics discredited by corruption scandals and characterized by political campaigns driven by hateful and divisive language, Jo Cox was that rare thing – someone you could believe in. A dedicated politician working at the heart of her community who believed in a politics of compassion and in building a fairer world.”

Kevin Brennan MP said “MPs from all parties realise we should all try to be a bit more like Jo. The fact that so many people have given up their time for this project to support the causes she cared about shows that she leaves us all a legacy of hope for a better World.”

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You Can't Always Get What You Want - Download

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Download of Friends of Jo Cox single, You Can’t Always Get What You Want, featuring MP4, Steve Harley, Ricky Wilson, KT Tunstall and David Gray.

Sales from the song will raise funds for the launch of the Jo Cox Foundation established after her death.

You Can't Always Get What You Want - CD

You Can't Always Get What You Want - CD
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The Friends of Jo Cox single, You Can’t Always Get What You Want on CD, featuring MP4, Steve Harley, Ricky Wilson, KT Tunstall and David Gray.

The CD single includes both the radio edit as well as the full length version of the song.

Sales from the song will raise funds for the launch of the Jo Cox Foundation established after her death.

You Can't Always Get What You Want - CD + Download Bundle

You Can't Always Get What You Want - CD + Download Bundle
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The Friends of Jo Cox single, You Can’t Always Get What You Want on CD and MP3 or FLAC download, featuring MP4, Steve Harley, Ricky Wilson, KT Tunstall and David Gray.

The CD single includes both the radio edit as well as the full length version of the song.

Sales from the song will raise funds for the launch of the Jo Cox Foundation established after her death.

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