Martin Lewis takes his bank-charge campaign to the pop charts
LOOK OUT, Robbie Williams. There is another hot Northern music star in town. The JC’s very own Money Mensch, Martin Lewis, has a single out — which he is campaigning to send to Number One in the official UK chart.
I Fought the Lloyds is a joint venture between Mr Lewis, a Mancunian relocated to London, and the band Oystar. It picks up on Mr Lewis’s remarkably successful campaign to reclaim unfair bank charges, previously written about on this page.
“Although the song is fun, it is a political protest song — make no mistake about it,” Mr Lewis tells People. He was approached to collaborate on the song by the three members of Oystar, who had all successfully reclaimed their bank charges using Mr Lewis’s money savingexpert.com website and wanted to write a tribute track. “We are supporting this because it is a real political point, and the lyrics are very funny,” he says. “But I can safely assure anyone concerned that I am definitely not singing.” Although you can see him in the video.
As for the political message — here is a preview: “It’s us against the banks, time to sign that petition And play this song outside your local branch till they listen Come on, you bankers. Give us our cash Cos we won’t stop singing till we get it all back.”
Everybody, now: “ Oh... uh oh uh oh oh uh oh oh oh overdraft Oh... uh oh uh oh oh uh oh oh oh no, I’m overdrawn.”
The track is now available to order via mobile phone, but will officially be launched in January to coincide with the Office of Fair Trading bank-charges trial day, to establish whether such bank charges are unfair.
Mr Lewis is hoping to make Number One, but says he will be happy to reach the top 20. He estimates that some 20,000 sales should do it. And although it costs 50p plus a standard text charge to order (after texting 82822), we are assured that this does not include any profit. Naturally.