Responding to the worldwide Covid-19 emergency, ‘Songs For The National Health Service’ is a one-off compilation album of exclusive, unreleased tracks by some of the biggest names in indie, with all proceeds funding specialist PPE for hospitals and NHS key workers.
Foals, Wolf Alice, Baxter Dury, The Vaccines, The Big Moon, The Wombats, Sports Team, The Magic Gang, Spector, Swim Deep, The Orielles, Nilüfer Yanya, Alfie Templeman, Oscar Lang, Pixx and Jessica Winter have all come together exclusively for the album, with a mix of special covers, remixes, live tracks and demos not available anywhere else, the majority being made available for the very first time.
Songs For The National Health Service is working in partnership with Dr. Natalie Watson at University Hospital Lewisham, as she launches the Hoods for Heroes campaign. Our initial target of £30,000 will provide enough ‘PAPR’ (powered air purifying respirators) to help fully stock Lewisham Greenwich NHS Trust (site of the UK’s first confirmed Covid-19 patient), Mid Yorkshire NHS Trust and University Hospital Crosshouse, Scotland. All money raised beyond that will provide equipment for further hospitals and regions based on need, not only helping safely treat victims of Covid-19, but enabling NHS teams to restart time-critical head and neck cancer surgery.
The artists hope this album will not only raise funds, but also serve as a keepsake of our indebtedness to the NHS and its staff working tirelessly and courageously through this difficult time. In the future we must do much more to ensure they are funded and paid properly, and forever treated with the respect they deserve.
The record, featuring artwork donated by Tony Beard and taken at the birth of his son, is available to pre-order now.
With thanks to all featured artists, managers, record labels, the Blood Records platform, NHS staff and health care professionals everywhere.
Foals – White Onions (Live from Alexandra Palace)
The Vaccines – Internet Disco (Feat. Agent Emotion)
The Big Moon – Big (Demo)
Wolf Alice – Another Girl, Another Planet
Baxter Dury – So Much (Demo)
Swim Deep – Lexington Slowdown
Nilüfer Yanya – Baby Blu (Giles Peterson Remix)
The Orielles – Bobbi’s Second World (Demo)
The Magic Gang – Club Tropicana
Spector – Extra Life
Sports Team – Itchycoo Park
Alfie Templeman – Growing Up
Pixx and Jessica Winter – Summer Wine
The Wombats – Turn (Acoustic)
Oscar Lang – Always In My Head