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Mystery Jets pay tribute to the NHS with new single, Hospital Radio

By | Published on Tuesday 9 July 2019

Mystery Jets

Mystery Jets have released new single ‘Hospital Radio’. It’s a tribute to the NHS and its staff, and recently had its first airings on a number of hospital radio stations around London.

Frontman Blane Harrison – who has spent a significant amount of time in hospital due to spina bifida – says of the song: “I was born in the NHS and it has saved my life several times over. I spent so much time on wards growing up that they became a second home to me and inspired the first song I wrote”.

“Over the years, I have come to see NHS nurses and doctors as our guardian angels [who were] beautifully portrayed at the 2012 Olympics opening ceremony”, he continues. “But austerity measures over recent years have meant that the spectre of privatisation has become a very real and threatening prospect”.

“Whilst in hospital last month for on-going leg surgery, I lay in bed watching President Trump’s televised address to the British media, in which he boasted that NHS contracts would be part of future trade deals”, he goes on. “It gave me the chills, as it must have done to many others. I felt especially fearful of what the future might hold for the elderly people in the beds around me, many of whom are already in danger of falling through the cracks of the social care system”.

Finally, he says: “Sometimes music can reach places deep within us that can’t be reached by words alone. On this, the 71st anniversary of the creation of the National Health Service, it feels right to release this song to express our gratitude”.

The band will be playing a number of festival shows over the summer, where presumably the new song will also get an airing. Listen to ‘Hospital Radio’ here: