It’s been three decades since the album Warm Red + Blue was released to raise funds for HIV/AIDS. A compilation of Cole Porter covers by megastars such as Debbie Harry, U2 and Annie Lennox, the album has sold over a million copies, spanned nearly 20 follow-up compilations and has raised millions to fight the epidemic. To mark the 30e anniversary, the Red Hot Organization digitally reissues Warm Red + Blue December 1, World AIDS Day. Several other titles will be released later.
Six remixes of Neneh Cherry’s version of Cole Porter’s “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” including an edited version of Jean-Baptiste Mondino’s original video, are available now (watch the video above; find links to remixes through the grooves).
“For those of us who lived in New York 30 years ago, HIV/AIDS was as devastating as COVID-19 is today,” said John Carlin, president and co-founder of Red Hot, at Rolling Stone. “But what made Warm Red + Blue so impactful and different was that it celebrated life and the power of music and art to uplift people during dark times.
“Red Hot pioneered the use of pop culture for social change – good propaganda – to fight for LGBTQ rights and promote safer sex,” he continued. “Thirty years ago it was condoms, today it’s masks. And we raised millions of dollars through the sale of albums and distributed them in a way that no one else was doing at the time, like almost a million dollars for ACT UP, which was the only significant outside donation they received that helped them and the affiliated group. , TAG (Treatment Action Group), have been bringing drugs to market that have enabled people living with HIV to live normal lives ever since.
Four other albums being reissued include
- Red hot + disturbed (an indie rock anthology), from 1995
- Offset – A warm red sonic journey (a music compilation backing piece to media output The Beat experience about Beat Culture), from 1996
- Silencio = Mute: Red Hot + Latin (which focuses on HIV in Latin communities in the United States and South America), from 1997
- Warm Red + Indigo (a tribute to Duke Ellington), from 2001
The Red Hot organization will release more gems from its vault by World AIDS Day, December 1. For more information on the reissues and the non-profit organization, visit RedHot.org.
Warm Red + Blue Track list
“I’ve Got You Under My Skin” – Neneh Cherry
“In the Quiet of the Night” – The Neville Brothers
“You’re doing something to me” – Sinéad O’Connor
“Starting the Beguine” – Salif Keita
“Love for Sale” – Beautiful Young Cannibals
“Well, Eva!” – Debbie Harry and Iggy Pop
“Miss Otis Regrets/Just One of Those Things” – The Pogues & Kirsty MacColl
“Don’t Lock Me Up” – David Byrne
“I’m Alright” – Tom Waits
“Every Time We Say Goodbye” – Annie Lennox
“Night and Day” – U2
“I love Paris” – The Green Negresses
“So in love” – kd lang
” Who Wants to Be a Millionaire ? -Thompson Twins
“Too Damn Hot” – Erasure
“I’m Kicking You” – Jungle Brothers
“Into the Deep” – Lisa Stansfield
“From This Time On” – Jimmy Somerville
“After you, who?” -Jody Watley
” Do I like you ? – Aztec camera
Editor’s note: This article has been updated to include the new publication date: December 1, which marks World AIDS Day.