Comedian Johnny Vegas and Happy Mondays legend Shaun Ryder have teamed up with an all-star cast in a new song to thank the NHS, which is aiming for the Christmas number one.
Shaun and Johnny join a host of fellow northern stars singing the song, called Thank U NHS, and performing in the video. The song is available to buy via https://thegeneralpublic-ft-johnny-vegas.bandcamp.com/ and it’s also on itunes
Former Corrie star Julie Hesmondhalgh, Manchester-born film star Sadie Frost and Salford Jets frontman Mike Sweeney all feature in the song, which mixes The Kinks’ Days and The Scaffold’s Thank You Very Much to create a rallying cry to thank the National Health Service for all they do.
Conceived by Simon Lewis, filmmaker and owner of the Magnafi ad agency, the push will culminate in the release of a song and film this Friday (15 December) which aims to replicate the success of a 2015 campaign which helped the NHS choir to the top of the charts.
Lewis said: “’Thank U NHS’ is our way of trying to boost the morale of all those working within the NHS this Christmas. At a time when many of us are kicking back and indulging in festivities, the NHS continues to look after us, under increasing pressure. This is a chance for us all to say Thank U. They dedicate their careers to helping us, and by saying a simple thank you, we can let them know we appreciate it.”
The song features lead vocals from Manchester kids group Little Belters and Mickey Kerr with lyrics written by ex-doctor Adam Kay who wrote a best-selling book about his experiences in the NHS, This is Going to Hurt.
The song is available to buy via https://thegeneralpublic-ft-johnny-vegas.bandcamp.com/