Every year The Killers write a Christmas song for the RED campaign. (Incidentally, that’s the same charity that hosted a concert in New York’s Time Square last night.) Previously, they collaborated with Elton John and Neil Tennant for “Joseph, Better You Than Me” and Wild Light and Mariachi El Bronx on “¡Happy Birthday Guadalupe!”
This year, they decided to ask late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel to join them for a brainstorming session.
After rejecting several of Kimmel’s suggestions — “A Very #YOLO Christmas,”
“All I Want for Christmas is to Get This Horrible Mole Off My Neck” and a song where “the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate” — they decided to go with the sentimental track “Joel, the Lump of Coal.”
Joel winds up joining Santa on his sleigh one fateful Christmas Eve to teach a naughty child the consequences of poor behavior, but the story takes a turn and winds up with a surprising ending. (Suck on that, Santa.)
Have a listen to the new single below or download it on iTunes, all the proceeds are donated to the (RED) campaign.