Single available from Friday 14th August 2009
Arctic Monkeys are set to record another music industry first when they release their new single, 'Crying Lightning', in selected Oxfam Ireland shops, with proceeds going to help the charity's lifesaving work in east, central and southern Africa. The single will be available at Oxfam Ireland shops in Cork, Ennis, Galway, Oxfambooks on Parliament Street, Rathmines and South King Street in Dublin.
The limited-edition 7", which is the first single from new album Humbug , features a cover of the Nick Cave classic 'Red Right Hand' as a B-side, and goes on sale in ROI on Friday 14 th August, with the NI release on Monday 17 th August .
The 'Crying Lightning' 7" will cost €3.99 and each single will come with a download code allowing fans to get an MP3 version of the songs for free.
Last year alone the 48 Oxfam shops across the island raised over €300,000 through music sales, enough to fund its entire programme in Kitgum, Northern Uganda. The programme is assisting people who have lived in camps for the last 10 years to return to their home villages and rebuild their lives and livelihoods.
Domino and Arctic Monkeys are also calling on music fans to bring in any unwanted albums or singles to their local Oxfam shop when they pick up their copy of the single, to help Oxfam keep turning yesterday's hits into vital funds for years to come.
Laurence Bell, founder of Domino, said: "Oxfam is a institution and it's a delight to be working together on this project. There are 48 Oxfam shops in Ireland , many of them in High Streets that once housed a record shop, so as well as raising some money for a great cause we are able to get vinyl back onto the nation's high streets, which feels good.
"We encourage all customers to bring something of value to donate to the store when they come down to buy the new Arctic Monkeys single."
Trevor Anderson, Oxfam's Head of Retail, said, "We were thrilled when we heard about Domino's idea for the new Arctic Monkeys single and are delighted to be partnering with them on something that will be great for music fans, and help us raise money to fight the injustice of poverty at the same time.
"Oxfam shops have always been one of the best places on the high street to pick up a musical bargain or find a rare treasure, and this is a fantastic reason to pay your local shop a visit."
Arctic Monkeys are Alex Turner, Jamie Cook, Matt Helders and Nick O'Malley. The band have released two UK Number 1 albums, Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not and Favourite Worst Nightmare . Their forthcoming album Humbug goes on sale nationwide on 24th August.
There will also be a 10" release featuring B-sides 'Red Right Hand' and a new original song 'I Haven't Got My Strange'. A limited number of independent record shops will also stock the 7".