Rod Stewart has recorded vocals for a Christmas song written by BBC Radio 6 Music’s breakfast show presenter, Shaun Keaveny.
The track, entitled ‘Please Don’t Get Me Anything for Christmas’, has been airing on the breakfast show and is available for download via the 6 Music website.
The idea came about back in November when Rod was interviewed by Shaun, who mentioned that he’d had the idea of penning a Christmas song with a “Rod Stewart-style vocal”. Rod then said: “I’ll sing on it for you if you want, just send it through and I’ll record it. You’ve got my word.”
Shaun Keaveny said: “Slade, Wizzard, Jona Lewie, Cliff, Shaky, I feel for you all. Your Christmas reign is over. Your PRS cheques will dry to a trickle, for there’s a new kid in town. I have hewn a festive-inflected anti-materialistic anthem called ‘Please Don’t Get Me Anything For Christmas’, and it’s got Rod Stewart, Bernard Butler and Level 42’s Mark King on it!”
He continues: “I have to buy them all dinner to say thanks, so you could say it’s a supper-group… (tumbleweed). Chris Hawkins and Matt Everitt add inspiration and perspiration, respectively. It’s our Christmas present to you, our dear listeners, and it’s free, regrettably.”
The track features Shaun on vocals alongside Rod. Former Suede guitarist Bernard Butler plays guitar, with friend-of-the-show Level 42’s Mark King on bass. From 6 Music, former Menswear drummer Matt Everitt makes his a comeback, Early Breakfast presenter Chris Hawkins is inspirational on sleigh bells, and the 6 Music Choir featuring station staff are on backing vocals.
Record producer Steve Levine – known for his work with the Beach Boys and Culture Club – has produced the track in his Liverpool-based studio.
Mark King said: “As Christmas Turkeys go, it’s huge, but we had a lot of fun making it, and I’m actually rather proud to be involved.”
BBC Radio 2 and 6 Music’s Head of Music, Jeff Smith, said: “To top off a stellar year for music, what better treat than a new and exciting Christmas record to refresh the festive repertoire of all radio stations. Whilst we await that new classic, 6 Music’s Shaun Keaveny has knocked this seasonal number out.”
Have a listen to the song below for yourself or click here to download.