On August 24th 2007 20 year old Sophie Lancaster lost her fight for life, she had been attacked for the simple act of looking different, and died trying to protect her boyfriend from a vicious attack.
Two years after her death a conversation took place between myself and Andi Sex Gang, who suggested that I release an album to be sold to raise funds for the charity set up by Sophie's mother, Sylvia, The Sophie Lancaster Foundation (www.sophielancasterfoundation.com).
That album, released on May 22nd, in conjunction with World Goth Day (www.worldgothday.com), features a host of big names from the goth and dark alternative scenes, all of whom have very generously donated tracks free of charge and with no expectation of payment from the sale of the album. Two of the tracks (from Autumn Cannibals & Uninvited Guest) are songs written specifically for the charity and inspired by it, and three of the tracks have to date, never been released. (The Mission, Anne Marie Hurst and the remix by UK Decay). The cover art was provided by Joolz.
The album is available for $12.00 (approx £8.00 / 9.50 euros) from Stay Indie and 100% of the cost will be paid straight to the Foundation, who work towards the understanding and tolerance of different subcultures through education and workshops in schools and colleges, and are campaigning for a change to the UK hate crime laws.
The album is available for download here - http://www.stayindie.com/Hope
Remember.. SOPHIE - Stamp Out Prejudice Hatred and Intolerance Everywhere.
01 - Joolz - The Prophet of Calgary
02 - Andi Sex Gang - Salamun Child
03 - Autumn Cannibals - Monument to Shame
04 - Gene Loves Jezebel - Who Wants To Go To Heaven?
05 - The Eden House - All My Love
06 - Collide - Euphoria
07 - Alien Sex Fiend - Gotta Have It (Sliced and Diced mix)
08 - Andi Sex Gang & Marc Almond - The Hungry Years
09 - UK Decay - Battle of the Elements (club mix)
10 - The Last Dance - Cages
11 - Anne Marie Hurst - I Have Changed
12 - New Model Army - Dawn
13 - Wayne Hussey - She's Gone Away
14 - Uninvited Guest - Death of an Angel
15 - Faith and the Muse - To Be Continued
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