Yesterday, it was revealed that Thurston Moore is releasing a new single to support the campaign to free U.S. Army Prvt. Chelsea Manning. Today, Moore has shared the A-side to the single, which is out October 8 via Blank Editions as part of Cassette Store Day. Listen to “Chelsea’s Kiss” below. Manning was sentenced to 35 years in military prison for sharing information on WikiLeaks. Among that information was video of a U.S. helicopter attack that killed a dozen Iraqis, as well as uninvestigated reports of casualties, torture, and corporate interest in international diplomacy. Partial proceeds will go to the Chelsea Manning Support Network.
In the song, Moore refers to “orders too gruesome to carry out.” In the final verse, he sings: “Security breacher, angel baby/Punk princess, take reign on me/The queen, king, first transgender ruler/The royal highness of my majesty … Cure for evilness, Chelsea’s Kiss.”