BBC - Perfect Day / Loud Reed - (1997) 4:00 (UK)

In this astonishing line-up of world class performers, so glittery shiny and bright, BBC promotes their variety and support of all artists, that you by extension support with your licence fee. The end : "Whatever your musical taste, it is catered for by BBC Radio and Television. This is only possible thanks to the unique way the BBC is paid for by you. BBC. You make it what it is." The refrains, repeated "You're going to reap just what you sow" rams it home - if you don't pay we can't do this. Meanwhile, this remake of "Perfect Day" became so popular it was released as a track on November 17, 1997. BBC being classy also made this a charity single for Children in Need, it contributed £2,125,000 to the charity's highest fundraising total in six years and and by November 2012 has sold 1.55 million copies.

Loud Reed said "I have never been more impressed with a performance of one of my songs."

In Ireland, the song was also a huge success, remaining at number one for seven weeks, and becoming that year's Christmas number one.

Singing are Lou Reed, Bono, Skye Edwards (from Morcheeba), David Bowie, Suzanne Vega, Sir Elton John, Boyzone, Lesley Garrett, Burning Spear, Thomas Allen, Heather Small (from M People), Emmylou Harris, Tammy Wynette, Shane MacGowan, Dr. John, Robert Cray, Huey Morgan (from Fun Lovin' Criminals), Ian Broudie (from The Lightning Seeds), Gabrielle, Evan Dando (from The Lemonheads), Emmylou Harris, Brett Anderson (from Suede), the Visual Ministry Choir, Joan Armatrading, Laurie Anderson, Heather Small and Tom Jones.

Creatives: Will Farquhar and Ian Ducke

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