Christmas is nothing without traditions, and Las Vegas band The Killers has established its own, writing and performing a Christmas single every year since 2006 to raise money for (RED), a global AIDS charity that started that same year.
This year’s single, “Joel, the Lump of Coal,” is also noteworthy in that it’s a collaboration with another famous Las Vegan, Jimmy Kimmel, who provides the voice of Santa. It’s total Christmas kitsch, right down to the horrific sweaters Kimmel doles out to the band to wear for the video, but just like “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” it’s a sweet fable about how everyone, even misfits, can make a difference.
(RED) has made a serious difference, raising more than $240 million since 2006. The Killers will definitely not be getting a lump of coal this year.
“Joel, the Lump of Coal” is available on iTunes for $1.29.