Wayne Hussey, frontman of Leeds’ post-punk legends The Mission has provided further insight into his newest project ReMission International and their ‘TOS2020′ project, which involved re-envisioning the anthemic hit ‘Tower Of Strength’. This commentary can be found in Part 1 and Part 2 of an interview based on crowd-sourced questions. Produced by Wayne Hussey and co-produced and mixed by legendary producer Tim Palmer, this EP was released to raise money for Covid-related charities worldwide.
All proceeds from this release are donated to charities personally chosen by each contributor, who include: 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 and Trentemøller.
ReMission International will continue to raise money through the ‘TOS2020’ EP as long as orders are placed and streaming and publishing revenues come in. The funds will continue to accumulate, which is exactly what we wanted,” says Wayne Hussey.
“I want to keep thanking everyone for their support – it’s a hard time financially for people and there’s a long road ahead. The digital bundle contains 5 awesome tracks for just £2.99, it all helps those that need it most and the proceeds will be divided and distributed equally among all the beneficiaries. Thank you.”
ReMission International has released several music videos in support of this EP, including the Trentemøller remix and a lyric video, including many of the artists involved. However, the full version video, directed and edited by Savannah Perry, offers insight into the TOS2020 ‘Beholden To The Front-Line Workers Of The World mix’, revealing who sings which lines, who plays which guitar solo, drums, etc. throughout the song. Earlier, they presented another video for the TOS2020 single, created by Vincente Cordero / Industrialism Films.
Hussey recalls: “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.”
‘TOS 2020’ can be ordered at https://remissioninternational.lnk.to/tos2020. Physical orders in the UK can be obtained at http://themissionukband.com and, in North America, at https://www.beautyinchaosmusic.com/tos2020
TRACK LIST for TOS2020 – ReMission International
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 (new remaster) – The Mission (free bonus track with bundle only)
Produced by Wayne Hussey. Co-produced and mixed by Tim Palmer. Except * remix by Trentemøller and ** remix by Albie Mischenzingerzen.
TOS2020 nominated charities currently include:
St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, Memphis
Music Venue Trust UK
Covenant House, New Orleans
Disasters Emergency Committee
Liberty Hill Foundation
The Shrewsbury Ark
Memorial Sloan Kettering Center, NYC
Prostate Cancer UK
The Teddy Bear Clinic
Help Musicians UK
Venice Family Clinic
The Anthony Walker Foundation
Projeto Cáo Communitário
The City Of San Francisco Covid-19 Fund