In a recent interview with The Sun Gary Barlow explained that the riots played a part in him choosing an urban line up for BBC’s Children in Need.

The X Factor judge was put in charge of getting the charity song together and for the first time ever, chose an array of urban stars. From Wretch 32 to fellow judge Tulisa, we were all a bit surprised but warmly welcomed the track, before we actually heard it of course.

Gary told The Sun

We did our initial recording around the time of all the riots this summer. I remember thinking to myself, this is a double whammy. I thought what better than to get the idols of all these young kids and put them all under one roof and on one record. The kids will listen to what these guys are saying

The re-worked, re-grimed (if you can call it that) Massive Attack track Teardrops, had hardly any input from Gary

It was all about getting the pop stars involved who young kids are listening to now. I played my part putting it together but I’m not on the song, I’m not cool enough I didn’t even produce it, that was down to Labrinth. They are the new generation coming through and they know what they are doing. Having me on it wouldn’t have been right.

Smart move Gary.