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Sorry Canada, but Bob Geldof's "Do They Know It's Christmas" beats Bryan Adams' "Tears Are Not Enough"

By Steve Newton

Thirty years ago today–on October 4, 1985–the Tears Are Not Enough music documentary was released in Canadian theatres. You might have seen it. 918 more words

Canuck Rock

Midge Ure learns to 'Breathe Again'

The Scottish singer/songwriter James Ure (better known as Midge Ure) has had a career in the music industry spanning four decades and is still going strong. 936 more words

Do They Know It's Sting?

I saw a lot of pain on social media over the impromptu Chris Martin gig. People who don’t stay in Delhi anymore are regretting their decision to have ever moved out of the city. 386 more words

Fermented Flashback

Why we should all give Bob Geldof a break.

First written and posted in December 2014.

It has been well acknowledged that Band Aid’s single Do They Know It’s Christmas? has its issues. Many people find it offensive and patronizing towards Africa. 1,382 more words


30 years of "We are the World" and other Humanitarian songs

2015 marks the 30th anniversary of the original recording of “We Are The World”, written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie and performed by USA for Africa, a supergroup comprised of over 50 of the top names in music at the time, from Paul Simon and Cyndi Lauper to Bruce Springsteen and Stevie Wonder. 537 more words

Original v. Cover [V.9]: Christmas Edition

Three of my favorite Christmas songs were covered this year: ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas’ (Band Aid), ‘All I Want for Christmas’ (Mariah Carey), and ‘War Is Over’ (John Lennon). 318 more words


"Do They Know It's Christmas?"三十週年

聰叔叔:  聰叔叔與炯叔叔温叔叔識於微時,一起吃喝玩樂多年。中學後分道揚鑣勇闖美國加拿大英國,廿年後再聚首一堂。喜歡懷舊,但也樂於接受新事物;喜歡80年代音樂,但也不抗拒新時代音樂,因為不想變成一件老餅。


Bob Geldof (The Boomtown Rats) 在84年10月某天從電視上看到一個關於非洲埃塞俄比亞饑荒的記錄片,受到深深的影響,覺得需要做一點點東西希望可以減輕當時埃塞俄比亞的慘況。之後與好友Midge Ure (Ultravox) 提起他的想法,Midge Ure非常同意並答應幫忙去達成這件事。兩人一拍即合並一致認為灌錄一張慈善唱片是最佳的籌款方法。他們不考慮改編舊歌因為涉及的版權費會大大影響用來救災的善款數目,所以他們決定作一首新歌。之後他們各自分工作曲、作詞、音樂編排、找監制、和聯絡各歌手樂隊組合參與。第一個找來的歌手是Sting,跟着是Duran Duran、Spandau Ballet……。可能因為這是一件很有意義的事,大部分被聯絡上的單位都立即答應加入。如是者陸陸續續把當時全英國最知名的歌手組合找來參與和成就這件善事。這個不可多得的超級組合名為”Band Aid”。

“Do They Know It’s Christmas?”由Bob Geldof 和 Midge Ure聯合作曲,Bob Geldof作詞,Midge Ure監制。最初監制一職想找Trevor Horn來擔任,可惜他因撞期而推了,不過他免費借出在倫敦的錄音室一天供大家使用。最後監制一職由Midge Ure頂上。 186 more words