Greenpeace – The Album

Greenpeace – The Album is a multi-artist compilation album that was released in June 1985 to raise funds and awareness for the environmental organisation Greenpeace. It was compiled by the UK branch of the organisation and issued on Greenpeace Records with distribution by EMI. The album includes songs by British contemporary new wave artists such as Depeche Mode, Tears for Fears, Eurythmics, Howard Jones, Madness and Heaven 17, and others by rock or pop artists including Peter Gabriel, George Harrison, Kate Bush, Queen and the Pretenders.[1]

Greenpeace – The Album
Greenpeace – The Album 1985 UK cover.jpg
Compilation album by
Various Artists
Released4 June 1985
GenrePop, rock, new wave
ProducerMatthew Davis (exec.)

The album was released in North America by A&M Records on 19 August 1985,[2] over a month after the sinking of Greenpeace's flagship, the Rainbow Warrior.[1] The album cover contains a photo of the ship taken by Dutch freelance photographer Fernando Pereira, who was killed in the sinking.[1]


Greenpeace – The Album was inspired by two similar multi-artist musical projects compiled in Denmark and West Germany.[3] According to Greenpeace activist Tom Campbell, the UK project was conceived as a relatively minor undertaking, but "the thing snowballed, with more and more acts volunteering songs for the record."[1] Explaining their support in a 1985 interview, Suggs and Carl Smyth of Madness said that they admired the activists' boldness in dealing directly with environmental problems around the world; Suggs said: "Greenpeace are ecologists but they do things. They don't have debates, they don't have marches, they just do things."[4]

The majority of the sixteen contributions to the album were previously released songs[3] and, in some cases, had become chart hits.[1] An exception was "Push and Shove" by Hazel O'Connor and Chris Thompson,[3] which was recorded for the compilation and produced by Haydn Bendall,[5] who also oversaw technical coordination for the album.[6] Also exclusive to the 1985 release, George Harrison remixed his 1981 track "Save the World" and recorded a new vocal with the lyrics tailored more to Greenpeace's cause.[7] The Pretenders' contribution, "Show Me", was a live version of their 1984 single, recorded in Detroit.[8]

Video release and sequelEdit

The album was followed by a home video compilation, titled Greenpeace: Non-Toxic Video Hits, which included videos for many of the songs from the album. The release took place on 5 December 1985 in the UK[7] and 16 April 1986 in the US.[9]

A second fundraising album, Greenpeace: Rainbow Warriors, was released in the summer of 1989.[10] Among its 31 tracks were further contributions from Peter Gabriel, the Pretenders and the Eurythmics.[11]

Track listingEdit

Side one
1."Shock the Monkey"Peter Gabriel5:45
2."Is This the World We Created?"Queen2:11
3."Turn Your Back on Me"Kajagoogoo2:28
4."Windpower"Thomas Dolby3:49
5."Mad World"Tears for Fears3:32
6."Breathing"Kate Bush5:31
7."Let's All Make a Bomb"Heaven 174:05
8."Show Me [live]"The Pretenders4:29
Side two
9."Push and Shove"Hazel O'Connor & Chris Thompson4:15
10."Equality"Howard Jones4:30
11."Wings of a Dove"Madness3:02
12."Human Racing"Nik Kershaw4:26
13."Save the World"George Harrison4:58
14."Killing Time"Roger Taylor4:58
15."Blasphemous Rumours"Depeche Mode5:07
16."No Fear, No Hate, No Pain (No Broken Hearts)"Eurythmics5:32


  1. ^ a b c d e Scott Benarde, "Brits Cut An Album To Aid Greenpeace", Sun-Sentinel, 23 August 1985 (retrieved 30 November 2017).
  2. ^ Madinger, Chip; Easter, Mark (2000). Eight Arms to Hold You: The Solo Beatles Compendium. Chesterfield, MO: 44.1 Productions. p. 636. ISBN 0-615-11724-4.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  3. ^ a b c Sutherland, Sam (17 August 1985). "British Acts Team for Greenpeace Album". Billboard. p. 78. Retrieved 30 November 2017.
  4. ^ Tennant, Neil (1985). "Madness: Upwards and Onwards". Smash Hits. Available at Rock's Backpages (subscription required).
  5. ^ Greenpeace – The Album (LP credits). Various Artists. Greenpeace Records/EMI. 1985.CS1 maint: others (link)
  6. ^ Billboard staff (19 October 1985). "A Peaceful Producer". Billboard. p. 46. Retrieved 30 November 2017.
  7. ^ a b Madinger & Easter 2000, p. 461.
  8. ^ Castagné, Guy (2015). Chrissie Hynde: Une rockeuse libre, une artiste engagée. France: Camion Blanc. p. 708. ISBN 978-2-357798014.
  9. ^ Greenpeace trade advertisement (15 March 1986). "Video Retailing". Billboard. p. 40. Retrieved 30 November 2017.
  10. ^ Owen, Frank (January 1990). "The Greening of Planet Pop". Spin. Available at Rock's Backpages (subscription required).
  11. ^ Griffith, J.T. "Various Artists Greenpeace: Rainbow Warriors [#1]". AllMusic. Retrieved 30 November 2017.