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Last Updated: Wednesday, 4 June 2008, 06:21 GMT 07:21 UK
Razorlight top climate gig bill
By Kev Geoghegan
Radio 1 music reporter

Razorlight
Johnny Borrell performs at The Big Ask event

Razorlight have topped the bill at a charity gig at London's Science Museum which included, bizarrely, a band of singing MPs.

The event was to highlight a campaign to include the aviation industry in a new climate change bill.

Singer Johnny Borrell is a long time supporter of Friends Of The Earth.

He said: "If you have the courage to sing in front of people, you should have the courage to speak out about what you believe in."

The event, in aid of The Big Ask, was held in a section of the museum's aviation exhibit and was kicked off by Reverend and The Maker's frontman Jon McClure.

Performing in front of a private jet, McClure embarked on a series of politically-confrontational songs with titles including Politricks On Pogo Sticks and The Hidden Persuaders.

The Aviators

A group of MPs, which included Liberal Democrat Lembit Opik looked a little embarrassed as he told the crowd of around 100 people that politicians were out of touch with young people.

We're not after any credit, it's not about us
Johnny Borrell

As if to try and prove otherwise, the MPs calling themselves The Aviators, took to the stage to perform a spirited, if musically tortured cover of the John Denver song, Leaving On A Jet Plane.

McClure and British-Iraqi rapper Lowkey, who also performed, wisely used the time to pop out of the building for a crafty fag.

Despite clearly differing political opinions with The Aviators, McClure insisted he was happy to be support the campaign.

He said: "Somebody compared it to a fat person going on a diet and not including chocolate.

The Aviators
The Aviators in action

"The bill is essentially meaningless without the aviation element."

"We're not after credit"

The campaign aims to persuade the government to force the aviation and shipping industries to cut C02 emissions.

Borrell, who was originally due to play a solo show, brought his band along for a short set which included the number one single America.

He said: "An organisation like Friends of the Earth works day in, day out and they achieve incredible things.

"If we can turn up and highlight that by playing some songs, doing some interviews, we're not after any credit, it's not about us.

"It's just about making a bit of noise."

And while insisting the event isn't the strangest line up he has ever played, was he at all worried that performing on the same bill as The Aviators would damage his credibility?

Looking a little uncomfortable and taking perhaps just a few too seconds to appear totally convincing, he said: "I really don't think so, no."

Razorlight's tracklisting:

  • Somewhere Else
  • Vice
  • America
  • Fall To Pieces
  • Fall Fall Fall


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