ReMission

ReMissionThe Mission have now released more details on the remake of their classic anthem Tower Of Strength to help Covid-19 charities around the world. The re-recorded song will be released as TOS2020, and sees Wayne Hussey collaborate with a veritable whos-who of alternative and goth rock, under the collective band name of ReMission International.

The Mission’s social media post reads as follows:-

“The wait is over and we are thrilled to launch Wayne Hussey and friends remake of the classic Mission anthem ‘Tower Of Strength’ in support of key workers dealing with Covid-19 globally.
All proceeds go to charities personally chosen by each contributor to TOS2020.

Wayne has collaborated with some great friends and musicians including : Andy Rourke, Billy Duffy, Budgie, Evi Vine, Gary Numan, James Alexander Graham, Jay Aston, Julianne Regan, Kevin Haskins, Kirk Brandon, Lol Tolhurst, Martin Gore, Michael Aston, Michael Ciravolo, Midge Ure, Miles Hunt, Rachel Goswell, Richard Fortus, Robin Finck, Steve Clarke, Tim Palmer, Trentemøller.

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 a 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 have been 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.” Wayne Hussey, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 9th August, 2020.

For full details and all pre-order information please visit the TOS2020 website: www.themissionukband.com

TOS2020 will be released in multiple formats with pre-orders being taken now:-
Digital download – release date 28th August
12” gold coloured vinyl and CD – release date 2nd October

There are also bundle options available so you can give full support to the nominated charities (listed below) plus an option to donate a little more if you are feeling like you’d like to give more to these very worthy causes.

All bundle versions include an additional re-mastered version of the original Tower of Strength exclusive to online orders.

Produced by Wayne and co-produced and mixed by Tim Palmer except * remix by Trentemøller and ** by some bloke named Albie Mischenzingerzen.

TOS2020 – ReMission International
Track-listing:
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 newly remastered) – The Mission (free bonus track with bundle only)

TOS2020 nominated charities currently include:
NHS Charities UK
St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, Memphis
Music Venue Trust UK
Covenant House, New Orleans
Disasters Emergency Committee
MusiCares
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”

1 COMMENT

  1. It’s fascinating what people come up with during the pandemic to do something constructive.

    For most musicians, this time is difficult and can be life-threatening. So it is all the more beautiful when musicians try to make this time a little brighter with music.

    Especially when not only the music benefits the people, but also the financial profits.
    This here is a nice project!

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