As it turned out, that was the very line Bob Geldof expected Bono to sing. I told him I didnt want to sing the line. He said, This is not about what you want, OK? This is about what these people need. I was too young to say, This is about what you want. But it was his show and I was happy to be in it. I knew it needed some force, the line. I kind of did an impersonation of Bruce Springsteen, that was really what was in my mind.
The intent of this song was to help Ethiopians. It doesnt matter what anyone thinks. All that matter was that THEY tried. Whether its volunteering at the local Ronald McDonald House or organizing a neighborhood watch. It can be a policeman putting a coat on a frightened child or a movie star who raised millions for a charity. Band Aid may not even know if their money ever got to Ethiopia, but they were doing something to help someone. Me? I dont have that kind of gift or talent. Every year, for one day, I volunteer to help my local news sell s to benefit Childrens Hospital Central California. Now, instead of bickering and complaining, maybe you should do something too.
When I listened to this song, I couldve sworn I heard Sting singing on parts of this song. Did Sting Sing on this song?
are the clanging chimes of doomwhoa, thats heavy! Dont these UK stars realize that the whole world doesnt celebrate Christmas? And about the line Well tonight thank God its them instead of you, so passionately delivered the first time around by the epitome of bleedingheart celebrities with big egos Bonowhat is that? Is that compassion? Oh, Im so glad its them who are suffering and not mebetter them than me.
Sting DID sing on that song!!! I cant believe he was left out, and he did the longest part, I think. He did the vocals on Simon Lebons and Bonos part.
Heres how the song goes Theres a world outside your window, and its a world of dread and fear, where the only water flowing is the bitter sting of tears. Africa, it informs us, is a land underneath a burning sun, where nothing ever grows and no rain nor river flows.
Its the most biting line, and actually reveals how selfish a mindset we all have underneath. I think Bob was trying to be honest and raw and selfaccusatory. Rather than sing, Were lucky its not us he was saying Well, when you say that, you mean lucky its them. Now look at it. Now look at yourself.
Not everyone in the UK was a n, however. Morrissey told
in that the project was diabolical, adding It was the most selfrighteous platform ever in the history of popular music.
I cant see how mentioning Christmastime is that offensive. The lyrics arent Feed the world, as long as theyre Christian
How about And there wont be snow in Africa this Christmas time? Duh! Its a little too close to the equator for snow, Sir Bob!
I think Patrica you are getting too technical. This song was released to help people and isnt that really the only thing that matters?
Again, you miss the point beautifully. This is for mine relief. Im sure those that dont celebrate Christmas will nevertheless agree with the songs purpose.
Thanks, Patricia, for your wise views. What these others are saying is that you can say whatever you want no matter how incorrect and as long as it makes money for charity youre justified? What do you want to bet, at the taping of this, there was a huge buffet le for the singers? Hypocrites.
The chief executive of VSO, Mark Goldring, said that the Live Aid s that were once such a force for good have left a legacy that hangs like a cloud over our relationship with the developing world.
It has taken a long time for organisations such as the World Development Movement WDM to get across the message that poverty is caused by economic and political ctors. African poverty is not due to an unfortunate accident of geography and climate much responsibility lies with western governments forcing policies on Africa that increase poverty such as pushing free trade, which undermines African economies by exposing them to global market forces, refusing to cancel unpayable debts, and forcing the privatisation of basic services.
Finally, Heres to you, raise a glass for everyone; heres to them, underneath that burning sun. Oh yes, cheers, pip pip cheerio, lets drink a toast to all the poor starving children in Africa, shall we? That will really do them a lot of good.
Both Patrica in Chicago and Takashi in Tokoyo should do some geography homework, IT DOES SNOW IN AFRICA, I am from the UK but live in South Africa and we get snow in the Drakensburg, it has even snowed in Joburg, and what about Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania? Both countries are on the African continent!
Even if were going on your strange view of the world, Id rather have my traditional indigenous culture , as you patronisingly put it, disrespected than starve to death.
The video was directed by Nigel Dick, who had done some videos for The Boomtown Rats. He got the request to make the video on short notice, and had no idea what the song was going to be. He didnt have a budget either, so he simply set up two cameras one outside and one inside to capture the action. As the artists trickled in to record their parts, Dick filmed them entering the building and then recording. This footage was used not just for the music video, but also for a minute behindthescenes piece documenting the of the single. This video was also sold, with proceeds going to the relief effort.
Im not sure if you know where Africa is or its , but its not all on the Equator. It doesnt just have one of weather. Get a map. Have a look. Then comment.
Its a great Christmas song but i rated three star
heres to them, underneath that burning sun you not think this was raise a glass for respect?? Obviously not.
In , afourth permutation of Band Aidwas assembled to once again record this song. Known as Band Aid , this rendition was produced by Paul Epworth with proceeds going to Ebola relief. Singers included One Direction, Sam Smith, and once again… Bono.
Thats the point of this line, and why Bono really didnt want to sing it. Its a shocker delivered to us. We couldnt survive in a mine. Its supposed to state how lucky we are.
this Christmas. Midge Ure convinced him to swap Ethiopia for Africa.
I dont see what the problem is with some people, Patricia from Chicago, IL has basically come on here slandering the lyrics in band Aids version of Do they know its christmas The single rolled over millions of Dollars with a ntastic , worth of food going out shortly afterwards. You are slandering the lyrics of a perfectly good song the English people woke up to reality in about Ethopia and the rd world, America obviously didnt because it got to in US Charts. What did America do for the rd world??? Give them money??? NOPE give them food???? NOPE give anything???? NOPE. Its disturbing to see you coming on here talking about LYRICS of a song that raised MILLIONS, For gods sake dont give a about how something looks or sounds if it makes people happy. I think its a ntastic idea it has been rereleased even though the new one is crap at least more money will go towards the rd world and help those who really need food, water, good health. We take for granted turkeys in Thanksgiving and and Christmas dinner think about the waste think about what others are doing. and maybe in the song when they sing Heres to you, raise a glass for everyone
I have to put right some of the absurd objections to this song from Patricia, Chicago, IL.
Everyone does Know that there is a new version just recorded it features The Darkness , Coldplay , Travis and many more
This was the first of the big group charity efforts among musicians. A year later, US artists releasedWe Are The World, and Geldof helped organize Live Aid. Other charity singles that followed includeSun CityandThats What Friends Are For.
A highprofile absence from the Band Aid project was Queen, who werent invited because they had played South Africa earlier that year, violating a boycott against the apartheidtorn country. Bob Geldof would later forgive them and invite Queen to perform at Live Aid, where their invigorating set was a highlight of the concerts.
The song is about raising money to help the impoverished! thats it! why do you americans have to TRY and psychoanalyse everything?!?!?
Bono enjoyed the song except for the line Tonight, thank God, its them instead of you. He recalled in the book
I have no doubt the intention of the song was wellmeaning but it is nonetheless offensive. Can you imagine if the Arab world took up the cause of trying to help raise money to help feed English orphans or American milies out of work with a song with the following lyrics? Dont try to analyze it, just read it and be honest about what your gut reaction would be. Do you even care what Ramadan or Eid AlFitr is? Wouldnt your first reaction be, dont patronize me you Arab raghead!
None of the vocalists heard the song before they arrived, so they learned their parts by listening to a guide vocal producer Midge Ure created, then recorded them. With such a tight schedule, there was no time to quibble. In the Songctsinterview with Ure, he said that this time constraint helped the effort. Sometimes, that kind of pressure gets you to create something magical, gets you to eliminate the liberations that you end up having in the studio, he said. We just had to nail it and get on with it. Get the vocal track from everyone that was acceple. As it turns out, a lot of the vocal tracks were exceptional.
The money allowed Mengistu to string out his war efforts for six more years. Between starvation and outright murder, the war cost more than , Ethiopian lives.
For the love of Obi Wan, the song raised MILLION dollars for mine relief, and Patricia is talking about how it doesnt snow in Africa? At least Bono, Sting, and Paul McCartney and others are an effort to end third world country debt. And its not only Africa. If their debt was paid off, then they could feed the starving people. John lennon made a statement Where do people get off saying that the Beatles should give million to Africa? I mean, after theyve had a meal, then what?
Does this song really care for the dying and starving people of the world as an ultimate act of unselfish love for the others and not for ones self?
Im confused, Here, I just read that Adam Clayton of U played bass on this song. But an article on Band Aid in Wikipedia clearly states that John Taylor of Duran Duran played bass. So which one played bass? Was it Adam Clayton? Or was it John Taylor?
This song only made it looked good with its music and nothing else but hypocrisy.
The problem in Ethiopia is not that nothing will grow, but that their coffee is worthless thanks to lls in market prices caused by the mismanagement of the global economy.
In our talk with Midge Ure, he said Its never been a great song. Its kind of grown into a better song than it ever was. But as a recording, as a production, Im immensely proud of it. So is Bob. Because it did its job phenomenally.
George Michael releasedLast Christmasaround the same time. He gave all proceeds from the song to Geldofs relief effort.
It doesnt matter wheter you like the tune or the lyrics. It doesnt matter if it snows in Africa or not. It doesnt matter if most people in Africa are Christian or not. Most of them will never hear the song and most of them dont speak English anyway. It wasnt recorded for them to hear. It was recorded for us to hear, and if it inspires a few people to help others less fortunate be it in Africa or anywhere else then it was a good cause.
Trevor Horn, who was a member of the Buggles and Yes, donated the use of his studio Sarm Studios in London to record the song. He also pieced together the Bside of the single, which is an instrumental version with the artists delivering messages over the music. It is called Feed The World on the single.
Not only did this song raise millions it was also the inspiration behind We Are The World released the following year AND one of the biggest charity concerts of all time.
This song has made history, helping Africa and the like. Definately history.
I am years old and I absolutely love the Do They Know Its Christmastime? remake. And it does appeal to people of our age. We brought it and so did loads of people I know who are younger and older. My big siter loves it because she loves the darkness who are in it which really helps. And my little sister doesnt even like music that much but she always asks mum to play it even when it isnt christmas.I totally agree with Adam from London, Patricia you just are pathetic if you think that it is all about being politically correct because it is charity. And most people would support that! Maybe not you though!
What I dont understand is why you have to perpetuate lse stereos of Africa to get a message across, create an us/them dichotomy by asking me to thank God its them instead of me. It would have been nicer to try to create a sense of common humanity if only I could help shoulder some of your pain instead of whew, thank the Lord it happened to you and not me. Confused ignorance perpetuating your own biases even if they are wellmeaning is pointless? Why not try to make the extra effort to be BOTH wellmeaning AND respectful? Symbolism matters. What if Americans tried to help raise money for an orphanage in Edinburgh and then ran a campaign Help the English orphans and sent over little care packages wrapped in ribbons stating Little English children are the best! And if anyone deigned to point out that that wasnt really the best choice of words, the Americans just rolled their eyes and said Britain, England, Scotland what the heck is the big freakin difference? We are trying to do something nice and theyre just nitpicking about political correctness. Maybe true, but would it have killed the Americans to try to be just a little more aware?
Im confused, Here, I just read that Adam Clayton of U played bass on this song. But an article on Band Aid in Wickipedia clearly states that John Taylor of Duran Duran played bass. So which one played bass? Was it Adam Clayton? Or was it John Taylor?
interview, Geldof replied Not at all, Its exhausting and a total bore if you want to know truth. Its not fulfilling at all. Im endlessly frustrated.
Geldof added that he gets irritated when carol singers perform the charity hit in front of his home during the holidays. They think Do They Know Its Christmas? is as old asSilent Night. Sometimes I think thats wild because I wrote it. Or else I am thinking how much I want them to stop because they are doing it really badly.
in a interview I am responsible for two of the worst songs in history. One is Do They Know Its Christmas?, the other one is We Are The World. Any day soon, I will go to the supermarket, head to the meat counter and it will be playing. Every fing Christmas.
While Live Aid was spectacular television, it was just another in a series of Big Events from people who believed that throwing money at a problem eventually solves it.
Patricia. Words have sense and words have meaning. Do not confuse the two. The literal sense of these lyrics may indeed, in places, warrant further qualification. The validity of their meaning, however, is irrefule people of compassion may not celebrate in good conscience whilst their fellow humans starve.
I read this about the mine i bet no one remembers this part
Christmas pop songs arent mous for their insightful lyrics, but the words of Do They Know Its Christmas?, Band Aid s remake but sadly not rewrite of the single, matter too much to be excused.
Oh, and Im pretty sure that Bob Geldolf is aware that there is no snow in Africa at Christmastime.
Sir Bob is asking us to think about those less fortunate than ourselves, especially at Christmas, a time for fun and frivolity. He is not patronizing the nonChristian world.
As a record, you hear it now on the radio and the opening clang, the opening atmospherics, my multitracked vocal thing, all of that stuff, it still sends shivers up your spine. So as a record, as a production, it did a brilliant job despite the ct that the song was OK.
WDM doesnt want to discourage anyone from buying the single. But is it too much to ask for lyrics that inspire people to take action and explain the real reasons why Africa remains poor?
I like this song but not the new one. I dont think that rap goes with it! its more beautiful the original.
I totlly agree with Patricia, you know. Oh and there is NO SNOW IN AFRICA!!!!! Mabye you guys dont know your geography, because, Africa is too close to the equator.
Not a great song, but r more palale than the nauseating We Are the World, which was inflicted upon humanity and my ears the following year.
To st time I checked this song was released to raise awareness of the problems in Africa. If you knew anything youd know that Bono was unhappy with that line, and tried to change it at first, due to the possible interpretation that the singer is thanking God for inflicting misery on other people, rather than on them. Bob Geldof had deliberately put that line in, however, and the two friends fought over it Bob obviously winning. Later, Bono admitted that it is a painful truth that, while we can feel sympathy and guilt about the plight of others, were still not prepared to take their place. Could you? And it says a lot about why the rest of the world has a bad opinion of america when you say things like Dont these UK stars realize that the whole world doesnt celebrate Christmas? Implying that its to do with the ct that thyre from the UK… how stupid.
Patricia may be trolling, but Ill respond anyway. The song was written for Ethopia, which has a / majority Christian population, dating back to the eslishment of the official state religion in the th century hardly a time of great missionary activity. Ethopia is very close to the birthplace of Christianity and Judiaism, and Islam and is closely tied with these religions claims to have the Ark of the Covenant, may be a source of King Solomons mines, etc.. But frankly, the Christmas reference was for the benefits of the listeners of the song, who speak English and were in Christian dominated countries. If it was produced for Israelites or Muslims, or anyone else for that matter, it would be a different holiday, but the same spirit helping your fellow human in a time of need.
And yes, Sting was on this song. He isnt on the new one though, which is probably why it isnt as good.
IN A devastating piece in Englands Spectator, Daniel Wolf reports on what happened after the music stopped. In the s, Colonel Haile Mariam Mengistu, the despot who overthrew and later executed Haile Selassie as ruler of Ethiopia in , was more than willing to exploit Geldof and the millions of dollars Live Aid raised.
I recall being in the UK and watching the documentary on TV in absolute horror, what Band Aid and Live Aid did was ntastic, it was just a shame the food aid and medical aid could not be distributed properly, but this was down to the infrastructure of where the aid was destined to go. Put simply there wasnt any roads to transport the aid.
Along with the cash, thousands of western workers and journalists began to enter Ethiopia. Mengistu knew agood thing when he saw it and used the combined tidal wave
In the original video of Do They Know Its Christmas, who is the guy the camera zeros in on, who is singing the line, where the only water flowing?
This song was written to show you that people in ethiopia are starving, and that they dont get all the same things we do, even though they deserve it just as much as us, and people take it for granted. the line thank God its them, not you was to show you that you should be grateful of what you have! AND the whole thing about not everybody is a christian yea, that might be true, but you cant possibly expect them to list every religious holiday there is in the world, do you? because that would be pretty pathetic.
No matter how you try, you cannot scan Ethiopia, Ure told us. That just does not work.
This was a flop. Yes, I did my part and bought all the albums. The key is, the proceeds reprofits were used to buy food. Everyone was compensated. Then when the food actually arrived, most of it rotted in hangers for lack of transportation. I appreciate the effort, but next time try to find artists who do it for the people they purport to care about from their mansions. then, maybe Ill buy a few more albums. Oh yeah, try to have a distribution setup that works.
compilation. The song spread thanks to peertopeer networks.
The cover of the single was designed by Peter Blake, who is mous for shooting the cover of The Beatles
in response to exroadie you forgot to mention jody watley of shar,isnt she american?
Do They Know Its ChristmasF by Band Aid Songcts
Alright maybe Patricia is a bit too technical in some of her objections, but the truth is that most, if not all, mines since the early to midth century were man made and Ethiopias was the worst example of it. Dont know about the proceeds from this song, but all the Live Aid food rotted in the harbors of Ethiopia cuz the communist dictators wouldnt let it in cuz they were starving people who lived in areas that were causing the govt trouble. Im sure not everyone who gave money to that stuff had big wads of cash sitting around to spare. Doesnt necessarily negate the good intentions of those involved though, just the ones Bono and Phil Collins immediately spring to mind who used it as an egoinflating platform. Geldof basically gave up everything he had in these efforts and continues to.
Between the BBC documentary, other news stories, and the Live Aid concerts, nearly a billion dollars flowed into Ethiopia during the s. Most of it came from various foreign governments; Geldofs efforts represented nearly a quarter of total.
Downloading didnt exist in , so obtaining the rights needed to sell downloads of this song proved very difficult, and for many years it wasnt available on iTunes or Amazon except in knockoff versions.
oh, and dominic, i wouldnt go start slandering against america either. just because there are some complete jerks in our country, you cant just go and label all of us like that, that would be called prejudice. dont start being narrowminded and unir to all the people in america, just because you heard about a small percent. and im not just saying this either. yeah, we do have a president who doesnt exactly know what hes doing but, you cant just judge all of us like that if you dont even know us. im sure that if someone said this about england, you would say the same thing.
Kool the Gang are the only american group represented on the record video.
This effort was produced by the team of Stock, Aitken And Waterman and once again raised money for African mine relief.
Actually, the first event for a charity was put together by George Harrison in for Bangla Desh. Leave it to a Beatle to think of it first.
You mustnt have checked recently, or, more likely, at all, but a large proportion of Africans are Christian.
More songs about people with financial problems
Buerk knew what he was doing. As he later told Wolf, Youve got . . . to make the decision, is this side story of any real significance? And also, at the back of your mind, is if I overempha a negative angle to this, I am going to be responsible for . . . inhibiting people from coughing up their money. Why let cts complicate a good story?
Didnt John Taylor of Duran Duran play Bass on this song?
He had a really good point, feeding them doesnt end their debt that has to be paid off.
Nor are Africans the passive victims of circumstance, dependent on handouts. Africans give to us as much as we give to them. In Africa paid .bn in debt repayments while it received aid worth .bn. Across the continent there are dozens of cases of protest demanding trade justice, debt cancellation and the regulation of multinational companies. The helpless victims deflects attention away from these struggles.
This is a charity single organized by Bob Geldof, who was the lead singer of The Boomtown Rats. He got the idea after watching a BBC documentary on mine in Ethiopia. Geldof wrote the lyrics and Midge Ure from the band Ultravox wrote the music and produced the track, which was no easy task since so many voices were involved.
People like you, patricia, are the reason there are people still starving. i bet there were heaps more like you who thought the song was stupid and didnt buy it, a huge dint in the amount of money that could have been raised. When you think about it, the amount of money could have tripled in , except for people like YOU who hate anything that helps people, and those who just couldnt get it. myself, I only heard of the song a couple of years ago, when they put on a documentary kinda about it, and so i looked through my parents cds and found it on a disk set of xmas songs. Then, when the new one came out, i was stoked. I saw it on tv, though, and was disgusted. I hated it. I know it was aimed at the younger generation, but im , and seeing people thrusting into their guitars and rapping so you cant understand it ruined the christmas spirit. I hated watching them trying to ke the same emotion that the originals had. Sure, they used singers that the KIDS are supposed to know, but does that mean they have to act like complete idiots?
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In England, and much of the Northern Hemisphere, snow and numerous s leave no doubt that Christmas is near. In most of Africa, however, its quite warm on December , since its summer there. This song asks us to think of those who are living in poverty and hunger in Africa during the Christmas season, reminding us that they might not even know its Christmas. While the sentiment and melody are full of good tidings, the lyrics are quite bleak The Christmas bells that ring there are the clanging chimes of doom.
In the UK, this became the bestselling single ever. Elton JohnsCandle In The Wind currently holds that record.
When Geldof wrote the basic part of this song, he envisioned it as a Boomtown Rats song, but when he played it for his bandmates they turned it down.
The artists were not all friends, but they set aside their differences and were at least cordial to each other during the recording with one exception. In the book
Michela quotes Mark Curtis of the WDM who poses the question Is it too much to ask for lyrics that…explain the real reasons why Africa remains poor? By way of answering his own question, he might like to try and rewrite his prose article in lyrical form now lets see, what rhymes with G? and then put it to music. Social and political change proceeds by degree would that it were otherwise.
This is my vorite Christmas song. I love the ct that it sounds like such a light, airy song, but then you listen closer to the lyrics and realize the subject matter is so dark. I never heard the bit about Bono disagreeing with the thank god its them instead of you lyric. Its interesting though, because it is by r the most powerful line in the song, and youd have to be an idiot to misinterpret it especially in the con of this song.
And the BBC documentary which inspired Geldof made little mention of how Mengistu exploited mine as a political weapon. His goal was to depopulate rebelheld areas by forcibly relocating hundreds of thousands of villagers from northern Ethiopia to areas in the south. Instead, the BBCs Michael Buerk merely described Ethiopias situation as biblical mine.
Anyone who doesnt realize the line Well tonight thank God its them instead of you is sarcasm or satire is truly a freaking idiot and I pity them for not being intelligent enough to grasp that. Furthermore, these comments are ntastic.
I agree some of the characterizations of Africa are somewhat simplistic and inaccurate the nothing every grows part and I wonder why Geldof wrote it that way, but the bottom line is that it calls attention to suffering at a time of year when people are most thankful for the ct that they are NOT suffering. And its got Bono following George Michael in consecutive verses, which doesnt suck either.
Patricia… surely it would be an idea to appreciate what this song has done for millions of people before critising and quite frankly scraping the bottom of the barrel to do that properly.
After this song generated about million for mine relief, Bob Geldof traveled to Ethiopia to oversee distribution of the aid. He took a very handson approach, meeting with relief agencies to determine where the money could do the most good. To acknowledge the artists and the folks who bought the album, he made sure that Love from Band Aid was emblazoned on many of the supplies, including vehicles.
of money and sympathy to prop up his regime. He required that relief workers convert their western tender to the local currency at a rate vorable to his junta, which tripled its foreign currency reserves, allowing it to buy arms and materiel. Mengistus troops also commandeered aid vehicles and fed themselves on the incoming foodstuffs. As Wolf notes, it became clear that a significant proportion of the relief food in Tigraythe epicenter of the minewas consigned to the militia. The militias were known locally as wheat militias.
Ive always liked this tune regardless of its social or political agendas. It had many a great artist perform it and its a catchy tune at that. I look forward to hearing it around the Christmas season, and it brings back memories of my last true mily vacation to Florida during the winter of when some of the best music was out on the radio.
Two versions of the single were released. The inch, which is what radio stations usually play, runs . The inch runs and features spoken messages from some of the performers. The inch single was rereleased the next year, raising more money for mine relief in Africa.
Changing perceptions and campaigning for political change is a better use of multimillionaire pop stars energy than urging ordinary people to dip into their pockets for small change and perpetuating lse s of Africa.
Geldof never glorified the relief effort. Asked if he was proud of his work to end hunger in a
Lynne thats the lead singer from Spandau Ballet.
The Original is much better than the new version. The Darkness, Coldplay PFFF! GO U, bananarama and the rest
Bob Geldof wrote the original prechorus line as There wont be snow in
I much preferred this song to We Are the World, which came across to me as a hollow ripoff and which I was soon sick to death of.
The single raised million for mine relief in Africa. Geldof is Irish, so he cannot be knighted, but he did receive a KBE, which is equivalent and is popularly known as Sir or Saint Bob.
What do you people think about the Band Aid album cover and the Beatles Sgt Peppers lonely hearts club band album cover?
Most of this song was recorded and mixed over a hour period on Sunday, November , . Sting and Simon LeBon had recorded their parts ahead of time, but everyone else came that day.
Lets leave aside the nonsense that nothing grows in Africa or that no river flows. More important is that the song perpetuates the myth that Africas poverty can be blamed on natural causes. It reinforces the stereo of a continent inhabited entirely by starving children.
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Boy George was nearly a noshow, asleep in New York the day of recording. His band Culture Club was huge at the time and Bob Geldof was counting on him for a key vocal, so Geldof called him, woke him up, and told him to get on a Concorde. George flew to London, got behind the microphone and delivered the vocal they were looking for.
In , Deftones lead singer Chino Moreno recorded a rock version of this song with the band Far for the
Who gave the most inspired vocal performance on this song? To Midge Ures ears, it was Bono. He told us When Bono took that line of the song Tonight thank God its them instead of you I had originally sung it on the guide vocal an octave lower, and he just decided to let it rip, and it was phenomenal. Electric. It was just sensational.
I think PatriciaChicago, IL has completely missed the point of this song. Its not being sung to those starving in Africa its being sung to us in the West. It doesnt matter if they celebrate Christmas or not. I cant speak about the US but in the UK, Christmas is a time for giving and charity. Its also not about how good the song is its about the message! Duh! I happen to prefer the original but i definitely see the merit in a rerelease unfortunatley things havent changed as much as we might have liked since . You should pay to download the new single now it actually isnt as bad as some make out and WILL appeal to todays generation of teens and think about what you can do in to change things. Take a look at the Make Poverty History campaign. The UK is looking to have a dramatic change on the G nations. Oh and finally, they do actually get snow in Africa!!!
In , a group of artists including Kylie Minogue, Jason Donovan, and Bros Featuring Luke Goss on drums rerecorded this as Band Aid II. The only artists left over from the original Band Aid were Bananarama.
, George Michael said The only person who didnt succumb to the charile nature of the day was Paul Weller, who decided to have a go at me in front of everybody. I said, Dont be a wanker all your life. Have a day off.
How about And there wont be snow in Africa this Christmas time? Duh! Its a little too close to the equator for snow, Sir Bob
In , a new version recorded by a group of artists including Bono, Paul McCartney, Chris Martin and Dido was released as a single in the UK, with proceeds going to help victims of political and humanitarian crisis in Sudan. Band Aid , as this collective was known, was produced by Nigel Godrich. Bono is the only artist on this version who was also on the original.
To me, the s were characterized by overwhelming generosity and kindness. Prior to Live Aid, People had been participating in this phenomenon for months. Do They Know Its Christmas? was sold in butcher shops all during Christmas. For whatever reason, this song not a particularly good song tapped into a groundswell of compassion. We never said wed eliminate world hunger, but we could draw attention to a monstrous human crime, a moral and intellectual absurdity. It worked.
An article that may interest you all published Dec .
The performers who sang verses were, in order Paul Young, Boy George, George Michael, Simon Le Bon, and Bono. The chorus included David Bowie, Phil Collins, Paul McCartney, Geldof, Ure and many other artists who werent given a verse but sang the Feed The World part and lent their s to the effort by appearing in the promotional photo. Check out theBand Aid photo with list of performers.
Then why should thank God its them who suffer instead of you? Can we not just pray and ask God for mercy on these people?
At worst the patronising and dated of Africa conveyed in the Band Aid song could reinforce old prejudices and even discourage people from taking action. The real issues are not hard for ordinary people to understand. The lesson of the Jubilee debt campaign was that the public are perfectly capable of understanding the abusive nature of the relationship between rich and poor. Approaching when the British government hosts the G summit meeting of leading industrialised nations Africa will be higher up the political agenda than ever. It is vital that the British government is pressed to change its policies and that we challenge the absurd posturing by Tony Blair and Gordon Brown that they are the saviours of Africa.
John Taylor from Duran Duran played bass; Phil Collins played drums. The rest of the instrumentation was done by Midge Ure, who handed the programming and keyboards.
Hang on a minute, some might say, this is only a pop song. But this is not just another pop song it sold , copies on its first day of release, it the stestselling single of . It is meant to signify the British publics commitment to the poor in Africa. Yet a recent study of the Live Aid legacy by Voluntary Service Overseas VSO, found that the very power of the Live Aid fuels a belief that the developing world and its people are helpless victims.
This song cracks me up everytime it comes on the radio because the lyrics are so laughable. What shocks me it that it is being redone. Geldolf et al should be too embarrassed by it to do a remake. The lyrics are outdated and even offensive. Do they know its Christmastime at all? Last time I checked, traditional African cultures have their own religions, and theyre not Christian. Sure, missionaries have converted many of them over the centuries, but here in the st c. do we still not respect traditional indigenous cultures?
DURING THE SHOW, The Who performed their s anthem, We Wont Get Fooled Again. The Boomer and MTV generations frequently forget how often they get fooled again.
magazinelater reportedthat the money Geldof brought to Ethiopia was used by the wartorn countrys dictator to arm his forces and crush his enemies. According to the report, the Ethiopian mine was mostly caused by its government, which poisoned rms of its opponents.Do They Know Its Christmas?candle shops near me