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Last Updated: Friday, 10 June, 2005, 05:42 GMT 06:42 UK
Feeder's charity take on REM song
Feeder have worked with War Child before
Welsh rock band Feeder have recorded a cover version of REM's classic song Everybody Hurts to raise money for the charity War Child.

The single, which will be available to download from early July, aims to raise money for the charity's work in some of the world's most troubled regions.

Their cover of Everybody Hurts is also being used on a film about children in Iraq, Afghanistan and Bosnia.

Feeder are supporting REM at two UK concerts this summer.

It is the second time Feeder have worked with War Child, after they previously recorded a version of Frankie Goes to Hollywood's The Power of Love.

REM are playing a series of high-profile UK concerts this summer

Lead singer and guitarist Grant Nicholas, from Newport, south Wales, said: "We've always supported War Child and think it's a great charity that does fantastic work.

"We're happy to be involved in any way we can.

"The track is a favourite of ours and we think the words echo the sentiment of the charity perfectly."

James Topham, from War Child, said they were "delighted" that Feeder had recorded this "very exciting track".

"We have an ongoing relationship with the band, and this came out of it," he said.

Exclusive downloads

Mr Topham added that the song fitted perfectly with the message of the documentary film called Your War is Not With Me, which he described as "a child's view of the long-term effects of war on children".

Everybody Hurts will cost 99p to download - 65p of which will go to War Child - and is one of several exclusive downloads the charity offers to web surfers each month.

"We have done albums in the past, but they are sporadic - the download site gets 250,000 people visiting each month and is growing exponentially," said Mr Topham.

Feeder are supporting REM at Lancashire County Cricket Ground on 17 June, and Hyde Park, London, on 9 July.

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