Fans of One Direction will of course know that the generous lads have recorded a mash-up of Blondie’s hit track One Way Or Another and The Undertones’ Teenage Kicks for this year’s Comic Relief appeal, and after the jump, we have video footage of the boys messing about on-stage as they rehearse the song, and get it fairly wrong at times!
But first, as fans will also know, the 1D lads, Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson, visited Africa recently to film for Comic Relief, and in an interview with the Mirror, Harry revealed that he and his band mates had been “moved to tears” over the hardships they witnessed there.
Of visiting the poverty stricken city of Accra, Harry said, “We all had moments. If you get involved in it and you don’t cry you’re superhuman…”
He added, “We’ve seen appeal films before so we thought we knew what it’s like.
“But when you’re there and you get the smells, your eyes hurt from the smoke, you cough, you’re feeling it all.
“The crazy thing is, when I went to school not one person wanted to be there. Yet you go into a school in Ghana and every child loves it.
“It’s amazing to see. There are 10-year-old kids speaking better French than I can…
“It’s crazy how quick you get ¬connections with children and people who live there. You feel upset leaving them and saying goodbye to them.”
And Niall added, “It was the shock of people struggling to get water and watching people work 12 hours a day for little money.”
He added, “We didn’t want to make a massive expensive video because that’s just a big waste of money. So we kinda made it ourselves.”
Liam remarked, “We just want people to buy the single and help raise as much money as possible,” while Louis said, “By buying the song, together we’ll change people’s lives. What an amazing thing to do.
“Buy music that you like and change lives.”
However, the boys went on to reveal that there were instances of light relief, such as the moment a crowd of children thought they were Westlife!
Liam said, “In the slum there were these lads that we were playing football with.
“They turned around to us and were like: ‘Ah, Westlife, Westlife!’
“So, Westlife are bigger than us over there. That’s something we’ve gotta achieve…”
Louis ended the interview by saying, “It was fantastic to see where the money goes first-hand.”
Red Nose Day is on Friday, March 15, and Red noses are on sale at Sainsbury’s now. For more info on the appeal go to www.comicrelief.com
For now, here’s a look at the lads rehearsing their Comic Relief track…