In a heartwarming story for the Christmas season, 80’s band Time Bandits (neé Yes Lets) will make a comeback releasing their new single ‘Christmas Song’. With the song taking a look at the festive period through the lens of a homeless person, half of the proceeds raised will go to ‘Crisis At Christmas’, a UK charity that provides for the homeless at Christmas.
The rebirth of this successful 80s band (who previously had deals with Virgin and Stiff Records as Yes Lets), comes after the rediscovery of a demo track for Christmas Song, which had languished unheard on a cassette for almost 30 years. Upon finding it in an attic, they decided to revive it and reform as Time Bandits. The song now sees revised lyrics with the theme of poverty at Christmas, a pertinent message for Britons to ponder on, as latest figures of homelessness in the U.K have more than doubled from 2010-2017.
“Christmas Song expresses a longing for acceptance and better times. The sentiments behind it make it an obvious fit to promote the amazing work of Crisis At Christmas. Let’s give this story a happy ending and raise a truckload of cash to give others and have a merry Christmas indeed ” say Time Bandits.
With major television and radio performances for BBC throughout the 1980’s and as traveling tour support for Britsh Jazz Funk maestros Level 42 in 1984, Time Bandits (Yes Lets) were influential to the UK music scene throughout this time. Christmas Song retains much of its musical influences from the 1980s, creating a track that invokes familiarity and nostalgia combined with a reflective message for the festive season.
“I am stunned by the big-heartedness of our supporters and especially at Christmas time. Thank you to Time Bandits for supporting Crisis with the release of ‘Christmas Song’. Our work at Christmas time is just the beginning of ending someone’s homelessness. During our time with guests we encourage them to become a member of Crisis where they can access support to end their homelessness.” – Ian Richards, Head of Crisis