Martin Lewis takes his bank-charge cam­paign to the pop charts

The Jewish Chronicle - - PEOPLE -

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.

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