Showing posts with label Band Aid. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Band Aid. Show all posts

Saturday, 26 December 2009

Do they know it's Christmas? - Band Aid

After the phenomenal success of the charity single 'Do they know it's Christmas?' by Band Aid in December 1984, a lot happened. Millions were raised by spinoff projects, the Live Aid concert took place, and this in turn led to several live concerts all over the world for this or other charities. And so, in December 1985, 'Do they know it's Christmas?' was re-released, to commemorate a quite extraordinary year.

When you listen to the new B-side 'One year on', it's amazing what has happened with all the proceeds from Band Aid and Live Aid projects. Also, when you hear Midge Ure reading the list of stuff that went to Africa 25 years later, it makes you realise that no matter how many goods you send to that continent, they are still starving over there. It's a bit like a bottomless pit, isn't it? Quite a sobering Christmas thought...

My collection: 7" single no. 4375
Found: Independent Outlet, Amsterdam, December 30, 2009
Cost: 1,25 euro
Tracks: 'Do they know it's Christmas?' / 'One year on (Feed the world)'

Thursday, 25 December 2008

Do they know it's Christmas? - Band Aid

The song that embodied the Christmas spirit in the Eighties was Band Aid's 'Do they know it's Christmas?'. The project initiated by Midge Ure and Bob Geldof started when the two met up and worked out this song Bob had written in a rather rudimentary way. They phoned up the musician friends they knew and before you knew it you had a media spectacle of unprecedented size.

I bought the single as soon as it came out, although, strangely, I didn't like the song that much. There were just so many of my eighties idols participated that I felt I couldn't pass up on this historic single. Two decades later, it's somehow reassuring (or troubling) that everything has stayed the same in Africa: it's still a continent of war, hunger and drought.

My collection: 7" single no. 249
Found: Wouters, Den Haag, 1984
Cost: 6 guilders
Tracks: 'Do they know it's Christmas?' / 'Feed the world'
Download: 12" single 'Do they know it's Christmas?', including both tracks (password: )
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