Garbage Covers Cat Stevens’s “Where Do The Children Play?” For Charity

Garbage has contributed a cover of Cat Stevens’s 1970 song, “Where Do The Children Play?,” to a new United Nations charity album. The compilation, Music To Inspire: Artists UNited Against Human Trafficking, includes more than 30 different artists and 60 different songs that fight against slavery and human trafficking. It’s an honorable effort and a worthy cause.

Garbage’s version of “Where Do The Children Play?” is dark and cinematic, much like their most recent album, Strange Little Birds. In the face of today’s political issues, how does that affect today’s children? The song is intense and moving. Listen to “Where Do The Children Play?” below:

Butch Vig spoke about recording “Where Do The Children Play?” in a recent interview. He explained that the United Nations approached Garbage about contributing a song. They actually had recorded an acoustic version “Where Do The Children Play?” that was truer to Cat Stevens’s original, which they had finished last summer. But in the end, the band felt it wasn’t quite right. Instead, Butch decided to keep Shirley Manson’s original vocals, but re-recorded all the music. That resulted in the darker, more orchestral version that we hear above. At the end of the video, Butch implores fans to buy the song and support the cause.

You can buy the Music To Inspire: Artists UNited Against Human Trafficking compilation on iTunes now. All tracks, including “Where Do The Children Play?,” are album-only. However, all proceeds go to United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund and their initiative to combat the horror of human trafficking. You can learn more about the compilation here.

Rukus Avenue has partnered with UNVTF/United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Trafficking in Persons, as part of “Music To Inspire”. A collective fight by the music community to end Human Trafficking.  Together with Artists United Against Human Trafficking, and over 30 different artists from around the world, we hope to make a social statement against the various forms of slavery.

We are proud to send all proceeds to the United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund as part of one of the largest unified fronts of artists, ever assembled for a charitable music album.  Our goal is to not only uplift the victims of one of the world’s most profitable crimes, but to also bring social awareness, so we can all make changes in our communities to stop this from persisting.  We must think globally, but we must act locally.

Thank you for joining the fight to end human trafficking!

Garbage’s sixth studio album, Strange Little Birds, came out just last June. It launched the singles “Empty” and “Magnetized,” as well an extensive world tour. Later this year, Garbage will release their first autobiography, This Is The Noise That Keeps Me Awake. The book will be out on July 4th, but you can pre-order it now. You can also order a limited edition that comes with an exclusive 12″ vinyl. While we wait for the book to come out, be sure to keep checking back here for all the latest Garbage music news.

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