egregious ’80’s music: do they know it’s christmas (band-aid)

’cause there won’t be snow in africa this christmas…

i suspect there isn’t snow in much of africa, this christmas or any other. but in 1984, there also wasn’t a lot of food for people in ethiopia, which led to sir bob geldof and midge ure (of ultravox) to pen a song to raise money for their relief. a great idea, a generous idea, and yet a naive idea in hindsight, as no one knows whether the money ever for to the places it needed to go. not to mention the song just basically sucked.

no one said it better than morrissey:

The main reason I’m dangerous is because I’m not afraid to say how I feel. I’m not afraid to say that I think Band Aid was diabolical. Or to say that I think Bob Geldof is a nauseating character. Many people find that very unsettling, but I’ll say it as loud as anyone wants me to.

In the first instance the record itself was absolutely tuneless. One can have great concern for the people of Ethiopia, but it’s another thing to inflict daily torture on the people of England. It was an awful record considering the mass of talent involved. And it wasn’t done shyly — it was the most self-righteous platform ever in the history of popular music.

ah, st. moz…

anyway, it’s hard to talk about this one without including the video. you watch the video, and even someone heavily entrenched in ’80’s music ends up scratching her head: hmm… who the hell is THAT? there are plenty of gimmies: righteous bono and his mullet; sting with his sir lancelot hair; phil collins with a tiny vestige of his natural hair remaining; george michael with more makeup than a tranny; and of course, boy george, who looks like, er, well, boy george. after that, it begins to get a little murky. i know bananarama are the three girls in the front with very unwashed hairt… hmmm. who the hell ARE these people?

anyway, it’s christmas season now, so get ready to hear this one repeatedly. somehow, i think it will never go away. pity that.

3 Responses to “egregious ’80’s music: do they know it’s christmas (band-aid)”

  1. I think my favorite version is the muzak one. Ha ha ha – I’m totally funny. I sort of like this song, but I also got to play Cyndi Lauper in my school’s talent show version of “We Are The World.” So, clearly my judgment is clouded.

  2. While I can’t actually disagree with anything that you wrote, this song still has a soft spot in my heart.

    My husband came across the video last year at Christmas, and we were both entertained by it. The clothes. The hair. The way Sting gave Simon Le Bon a dirty look over what we interpret as a missed cue. Plus it made us very nostalgic. We watched it a few times, pointing out things we noticed.

    An unexpected side effect was that our daughter then became obsessed with the song and video. For many months following.

  3. I enjoy hearing this at Christmas. It has a nice Christmassy sound.

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