It’s hard to imagine the amount of hairspray that must have hung in the air during 1985’s star-studded charity recording of “We are the World” (no doubt, a serious fire hazard’s worth). In the days of Covid-19, we can’t imagine going out for a beer after work, much less picture Cherie Currie, Mike Watt and Josie Cotton huddled around an expensive microphone, one hand over their ear, the other floating soulfully in the air as if to find that perfect note.
These days, our rock ‘n’ roll saviors are recording at ad hoc home-studios, but that doesn’t mean they can’t come together to change the world through the power of song and a strong internet connection. Enter 2020’s fist-pumping quarantine anthem, “Flatten the Curve,” which dropped May 5th in an effort to raise funds for Jubilee Consortium and the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund.
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