Well there’ll be no bang bang here, nor bike bells ringing out for all to hear. Mark Ronson and Thom Yorke amongst others have decided to record a two-minute silent single in aid of the Royal British Legion, which provides help and support to armed forces personnel. Yes, that’s right, they’ve actually recorded two whole minutes of nothingness, which will be available for download on November 7th, just in time for Remembrance Day. The song wittingly entitled ‘2 Minute Silence’ also comes complete with a video full of celebrities standing respectfully for the duration of the silent two minutes. We’re all for charitable acts but one does have to question who on earth is going to download two minutes of silence or a video of people just standing? Kind of thinking if they wanted to raise some money for the soldiers then maybe they should have put a bit more effort into producing a song and doing a proper video. Not to mention the celebrity connotations of just being far too famous and up yourself that you think people will buy anything that you do, no matter how little effort you put in.
The Legion’s Director General Chris Simpkins commented saying, “Rather than record a song, we felt the UK public would recognise the poignancy of silence and its clear association with remembrance.” Perhaps they’d make more money if they’d got them to fart in a jar, at least it requires some effort of assembly.