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Encyclopedia > Do They Know It's Christmas?
“Do They Know It's Christmas?”
“Do They Know It's Christmas?” cover
Cover art for the original release (artist Peter Blake)
Single by Band Aid
B-side Feed the World
Released December 3, 1984
Format 7 inch single
Recorded November 25, 1984
Label Phonogram Records
Columbia Records (US/Canada)
Writer(s) Bob Geldof (lyrics) and Midge Ure (music & lyrics)
Producer Midge Ure
“Do They Know It's Christmas?”
“Do They Know It's Christmas?” cover
Single by Band Aid II
Released 1989
Writer(s) Bob Geldof and Midge Ure
Producer Stock Aitken Waterman
“Do They Know It's Christmas?”
Single by TV Allstars
from the album Ultimate Christmas Album
Released November 29, 2003
Writer(s) Bob Geldof (lyrics) and Midge Ure (music & lyrics)
Producer Midge Ure
“Do They Know It's Christmas?”
“Do They Know It's Christmas?” cover
Single by Band Aid 20
Released 2004
Format CD, Digital download
Writer(s) Bob Geldof and Midge Ure
Producer Nigel Godrich

"Do They Know It's Christmas?" is a song written by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure in 1984 specifically to raise money for Ethiopian famine relief. The original version was produced by Midge Ure, and released by Band Aid on December 3, 1984.[1] Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... Blakes album cover Sir Peter Thomas Blake (born June 25, 1932, in Dartford, Kent) is an English pop artist, best known for his design of the sleeve for The Beatles album Sgt. ... A collection of various CD singles In music, a single is a short recording of one or more separate tracks. ... Band Aid was a British and Irish charity supergroup, founded in 1984 by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure in order to raise money for famine relief in Ethiopia by releasing the record Do They Know Its Christmas? for the Christmas market. ... “B-Sides” redirects here. ... is the 337th day of the year (338th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 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Robert Frederick Xenon Geldof[1], KBE[2], known as Bob Geldof (born 5 October 1951) [3], is an Irish singer, songwriter, actor and political activist. ... Midge Ure OBE (born James Ure, 10 October 1953, Cambuslang, Lanarkshire, Scotland) is a rock and roll guitarist, singer, keyboard player, and songwriter. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Robert Frederick Xenon Geldof[1], KBE[2], known as Bob Geldof (born 5 October 1951) [3], is an Irish singer, songwriter, actor and political activist. ... Midge Ure OBE (born James Ure, 10 October 1953, Cambuslang, Lanarkshire, Scotland) is a rock and roll guitarist, singer, keyboard player, and songwriter. ... 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In late 1984, a BBC report by Michael Buerk was aired highlighting the famine that had hit the people of Ethiopia. Irish singer Bob Geldof had seen the report and was moved so much that he decided that a pop record should be used to further increase awareness of the famine and to raise money. Aware that he could do little on his own, he called Midge Ure from Ultravox and together they quickly co-wrote the song, "Do They Know It's Christmas?".[1] For other uses, see BBC (disambiguation). ... Michael Duncan Buerk (born 18 February 1946) is a BBC journalist and newsreader, most famous for his reporting of the Ethiopian famine on 23 October 1984, which inspired the Band Aid charity record. ... Location of Ethiopia, as Ethiopian borders were as of the famine, prior Eritrean independence in 1993. ... Midge Ure OBE (born James Ure, 10 October 1953, Cambuslang, Lanarkshire, Scotland) is a rock and roll guitarist, singer, keyboard player, and songwriter. ... Ultravox were one of the primary exponents of the British electronic pop music movement of the early 1980s. ...


Geldof kept a November appointment with BBC Radio 1 DJ Richard Skinner to appear on his show, but instead of discussing his new album (the original reason for his booking), he used his airtime to publicise the idea for the charity single, so by the time the musicians were recruited there was intense media interest in the subject. BBC Radio 1 (commonly referred to as just Radio 1) is a British national radio station operated by the BBC, specialising in popular music and speech and is aimed primarily at the 14-29[1] age group. ... DJ or dj may stand for Disc jockey, dinner jacket The DeadJournal website, or Djibouti. ...


Geldof put together a group called Band Aid, consisting of leading Irish and British musicians who were among the most popular and recognised of this era. Band Aid was a British and Irish charity supergroup, founded in 1984 by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure in order to raise money for famine relief in Ethiopia by releasing the record Do They Know Its Christmas? for the Christmas market. ...

Contents

The recording session

Respected producer Trevor Horn was approached by Geldof to produce the song, but he was unavailable. Instead, he gave use of his studio, SARM West in London, free of charge to the project for 24 hours, which Geldof accepted, assigning Ure as the producer instead. So, on November 25, 1984, the song was recorded and mixed. In the music industry, record producer designates a person responsible for completing a master recording so that it is fit for release. ... Trevor Charles Horn, born July 15, 1949 in Durham, England, is a British pop music record producer, songwriter and musician. ... is the 329th day of the year (330th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ...


Geldof and Ure arrived first at dawn so that Ure could put the recorded backing tracks, put together at his home studio, on to the system at SARM. He also had vocals recorded by both Sting and Simon Le Bon of the song which he had acquired from the artists early in order to provide a guide for the other singers. This article is about the musician. ... Simon John Charles Le Bon (born October 27, 1958) is the lead singer and lyricist of the pop/rock band Duran Duran. ...


The world's media were in attendance as artists began arriving from 9am. Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet, Paul Young, Culture Club (without Boy George, initially), George Michael (though not Andrew Ridgeley) of Wham!, Kool and the Gang, Sting, Bono and Adam Clayton of U2, Glenn Gregory of Heaven 17 (whom Ure personally ordered down) and his bandmate Martyn Ware, Phil Collins, Paul Weller (though not Mick Talbot) of the Style Council, Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt of Status Quo, Jody Watley of Shalamar, Bananarama, Marilyn (who was not invited but arrived anyway) and some of Geldof's bandmates from the Boomtown Rats all arrived. Only one of Ure's Ultravox colleagues, Chris Cross, attended. Geldof, noticing Boy George's non-attendance (despite ringing him up in New York the day before demanding he sing on the record), went back to the phone to get the Culture Club frontman out of bed and on to Concorde. Duran Duran are an English pop group notable for a long series of popular singles and vivid music videos. ... Spandau Ballet was a popular English band in the 1980s. ... For other persons named Paul Young, see Paul Young (disambiguation). ... Culture Club is a popular English new romantic rock group, that achieved considerable global success in the 1980s. ... George Alan ODowd, better known as Boy George (born June 14, 1961 in Eltham, London) is a rock singer-songwriter and club DJ. He grew up in a large, working-class Irish family in Thurles, County Tipperary, Ireland. ... This article is about the musician. ... Andrew Ridgeley (born Andrew John Ridgeley, 26 January 1963, in Windlesham, Surrey), is an English pop singer, guitarist and environmentalist. ... Wham! (often written WHAM!) was a pop band formed in 1981 by George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley. ... Kool & The Gang Kool & the Gang was a massively successful rhythm and blues and disco group. ... This article is about the musician. ... For other uses, see Bono (disambiguation). ... Adam Charles Clayton (born 13 March 1960 in Chinnor, Oxfordshire, England), is best known as the bass player of the rock band U2. ... This article is about the Irish rock band. ... Heaven 17 from a 1996 press photo for Bigger Than America:(Left to right) Ian Craig Marsh, Martyn Ware and Glenn Gregory Heaven 17 is a British synthpop band originating in Sheffield, England in the early 1980s. ... Heaven 17 are an English synthpop band originating in Sheffield in the early 1980s. ... Martyn Ware (born on 19 May 1956, in Sheffield, Yorkshire) is one of the leading figures in electronic music. ... For other uses, see Phil Collins (disambiguation). ... Paul Weller (born John William Weller May 25, 1958, in Sheerwater, near Woking, Surrey) is an English singer-songwriter. ... Mick Talbot is a keyboardist from England. ... The Style Council was formed by ex-Jam singer and guitarist Paul Weller with keyboardist Mick Talbot in 1983. ... Francis Rossi Francis Rossi (Francis Dominic Michael Nicholas Rossi) was born 29 May 1949 in Forest Hill, London and is co-founder of the British rock band Status Quo, where he sings lead vocals and plays lead guitar. ... Rick Parfitt (born 12 October 1948 in Woking, Surrey, England) is best known for being a singer and the rhythm guitarist in the English rock band Status Quo. ... This article is about the English rock band. ... Jody Watley (born Chicago, Illinois on January 30, 1959) is an American pop singer/songwriter, producer and label owner. ... Hewett, Watley, and Daniel Shalamar was an American musical group of the 1970s and 1980s that was originally a disco-driven vehicle created by Soul Train booking agent Dick Griffey. ... Bananarama are a British girl group who have had success on the pop and dance charts since 1982. ... Marilyn Peter Robinson (born November 3, 1962), better known as Marilyn, is a cross-dressing singer who reached fame with his song Calling Your Name in the 1980s. ... The Boomtown Rats The Boomtown Rats (1975-1985) were a punk rock/new wave group headed by Bob Geldof, who was later known for organizing charity rock concerts such as Band Aid (intended to help famine victims in Ethiopia), Live Aid, Live 8, and Hands Across America (intended to help... Ultravox (formerly Ultravox!) was one of the primary exponents of the British electronic pop music movement of the early 1980s. ... Chris Cross (born Christopher Allen, on July 14, 1952 in Hampstead, North-west London, England) was the bass guitarist in the band Ultravox until their final demise in 1986. ... This article is about the state. ... For other uses, see Concorde (disambiguation). ...


Ure played the backing track and guide vocals to the artists together, then decided, in a way of getting all involved straightaway, to record the crescendo first, which also allowed the 'team shot' of the day to be photographed. The artists were put in a huge group and sang the 'Feed the world, let them know it's Christmas time' refrain over and over again until it was completed.


Then Ure sought a volunteer to be first into the studio to sing the main body of the song. Eventually Tony Hadley of Spandau Ballet took the plunge, with plenty of rival artists watching him, and sang the song straight through. The other assigned singers then did likewise, with Ure taping their efforts and then making notes as to which bits would be cut into the final recording. Le Bon, despite having already done his bit at Ure's house, re-recorded his so he could be part of the moment. Sting also recorded the words again, this time to provide harmony. Tony Hadley (born Anthony Patrick Hadley, 2 June 1960, Islington, London) is an English pop singer who fronted the 1980s New Romantic band Spandau Ballet. ... Spandau Ballet was a popular English band in the 1980s. ... Harmony is the use and study of pitch simultaneity, and therefore chords, actual or implied, in music. ...


Phil Collins arrived with his entire drum kit and waited until Ure was ready to record him over an electronic drum track that had already been put in place. The song ended up as a mixture of Collins' drums and an African rhythm that opens the song, taken from a sample of The Hurting by Tears for Fears. For other uses, see Phil Collins (disambiguation). ... A drum kit (or drum set or trap set) is a collection of drums, cymbals and sometimes other percussion instruments, such as a cowbell, wood block, chimes or tambourines, arranged for convenient playing by a single drummer. ... The Hurting is the debut album by British pop band Tears for Fears. ... Tears for Fears (sometimes abbreviated to TFF) are a popular English pop band formed in the early 1980s by Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith, which emerged after the dissolution of their first band, the mod-influenced Graduate. ...


Not all went smoothly. Ure stated in his autobiography that he was constantly battling with Geldof, the song's lyricist but not renowned for his melody skills, and telling him to 'fuck off' when he would come into the production booth and wrongly tell the artist behind the mic what to sing. Ure also had to shelve an attempt by the two members of Status Quo to record the "here's to you" harmonies because Parfitt couldn't hit the note. Rossi afterwards told Ure that Parfitt never sang in the studio, only onstage, and he should have kept him away from the mic. This section was eventually taken on by Weller, Sting and Gregory. Cover of the first English edition of 1793 of Benjamin Franklins autobiography. ... This article is about the English rock band. ...


Boy George arrived at 6 pm and went straight into the recording booth to deliver his lines. Once he had finished, Ure had all the vocals he needed and, as the artists began to party and then drifted away, began working on the mix. A B-side, featuring messages from artists who had and hadn't made the recording (including David Bowie, Annie Lennox from Eurythmics, Paul McCartney, all members of Big Country and Holly Johnson from the most successful British band of 1984, Frankie Goes to Hollywood) was also recorded over the same backing track. Trevor Horn arrived back to his own studio to put this together. David Bowie (IPA: []) (born David Robert Jones on 1947 January 8) is an English singer, songwriter, actor, multi-instrumentalist, producer, arranger and audio engineer. ... Annie Lennox (born Ann Lennox on 25 December 1954) is a Scottish musician, vocalist, and Academy Award-winning songwriter. ... For the approach to music education, see Eurhythmics. ... Sir James Paul McCartney, MBE (born 18 June 1942) is an English singer-songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, poet, entrepreneur, painter, record producer, film producer and animal-rights activist. ... For other uses, see Big Country (disambiguation). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Frankie Goes to Hollywood (FGTH) was a UK New wave band that was popular in early 1980s. ...


Despite being singers themselves, neither Geldof nor Ure had a solo line on the song, though both took part in the 'Feed the world' crescendo.


Ure worked on the mix through the night and finally completed the task at 8am on the Monday morning. Prior to departing SARM, Geldof recorded a statement: "This record was recorded on the 25th of November 1984. It's now 8am on the 26th. We've been here 24 hours and I think it's time we went home."


The song was quickly dispatched to the pressing plants who had promised to have the single pressed and ready by the Friday. A spell of publicity and final legal details followed, then it hit the shops on Monday December 3 in a sleeve designed by Peter Blake. It went straight to #1. is the 337th day of the year (338th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Blakes album cover Sir Peter Thomas Blake (born June 25, 1932, in Dartford, Kent) is an English pop artist, best known for his design of the sleeve for The Beatles album Sgt. ...


Participants

The original Band Aid ensemble consisted of (in sleeve order):

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Steve Norman is a British pop musician who played saxophone for the 1980s New Romantic band Spandau Ballet. ... Spandau Ballet was a popular English band in the 1980s. ... Chris Cross (born Christopher Allen, on July 14, 1952 in Hampstead, North-west London, England) was the bass guitarist in the band Ultravox until their final demise in 1986. ... Ultravox (formerly Ultravox!) was one of the primary exponents of the British electronic pop music movement of the early 1980s. ... Taylors first solo recording was a hit single for the 9½ Weeks movie soundtrack. ... Duran Duran are an English pop group notable for a long series of popular singles and vivid music videos. ... For other persons named Paul Young, see Paul Young (disambiguation). ... Tony Hadley (born Anthony Patrick Hadley, 2 June 1960, Islington, London) is an English pop singer who fronted the 1980s New Romantic band Spandau Ballet. ... Spandau Ballet was a popular English band in the 1980s. ... 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Style and content

The song comprises two parts: a verse and bridge which allow individual singers to perform different lines; and a chorus in the form of two repeated phrases by ensemble. The chorus was added by Midge Ure shortly before the recording session. The structures or musical forms of songs in popular music are typically sectional forms, such as strophic form. ... In popular music, especially occidental, a bridge is a contrasting section which also prepares for the return of the original material section. ... A refrain (from the Old French refraindre to repeat, likely from Vulgar Latin refringere) is the line or lines that are repeated in music or in verse; the chorus of a song. ...


Lyrics

The first line of the recording is sung by Paul Young on the 1984 version, Kylie Minogue on the 1989 version, and Chris Martin on the 2004 version. The line was originally written for David Bowie who finally sang it at the Live Aid concert. See the Band Aid article for the full list of contributors. For other persons named Paul Young, see Paul Young (disambiguation). ... Kylie Ann Minogue (pronounced [1]) (born May 28, 1968) is an Australian, Grammy award-winning pop singer, songwriter and actress. ... This article is about the Coldplay musician. ... David Bowie (IPA: []) (born David Robert Jones on 1947 January 8) is an English singer, songwriter, actor, multi-instrumentalist, producer, arranger and audio engineer. ... Ethiopia, as its borders were in 1985. ... Band Aid was a British and Irish charity supergroup, founded in 1984 by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure in order to raise money for famine relief in Ethiopia by releasing the record Do They Know Its Christmas? for the Christmas market. ...


The lyrics are as follows:


It's Christmastime There's no need to be afraid At Christmastime, we let in light and we banish shade And in our world of plenty we can spread a smile of joy Throw your arms around the world at Christmastime


But say a prayer


Pray for the other ones At Christmastime it's hard, but when you're having fun There's a world outside your window And it's a world of dread and fear Where the only water flowing is the bitter sting of tears And the Christmas bells that ring there are the clanging chimes of doom Well tonight thank God it's them instead of you


And there won't be snow in Africa this Christmastime The greatest gift they'll get this year is life (Oooh) Where nothing ever grows No rain nor rivers flow Do they know it's Christmastime at all?


(Here's to you) raise a glass for everyone (Here's to them) underneath that burning sun Do they know it's Christmastime at all?


Feed the world Feed the world


Feed the world


Let them know it's Christmastime again


Feed the world Let them know it's Christmastime again


Public release

The following morning Geldof appeared on Mike Read's BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show to promote the record and promised that every penny would go to the cause. This led to a stand-off with the British Government which refused to waive the VAT (sales tax) on the sales of the single. Geldof made the headlines by publicly standing up to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and, sensing the strength of public feeling, the government backed down and donated the tax back to the charity. A trick photograph of Mike Read Mike Read (1 March 1951) is a British disc jockey, writer and former television presenter. ... BBC Radio 1 (commonly referred to as just Radio 1) is a British national radio station operated by the BBC, specialising in popular music and speech and is aimed primarily at the 14-29[1] age group. ... The United Kingdom is a unitary state and a democratic constitutional monarchy. ... vat can be a type of barrel used for storage. ... The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is, in practice, the political leader of the United Kingdom. ... Margaret Hilda Thatcher, Baroness Thatcher, LG, OM, PC, FRS (née Roberts; born 13 October 1925) served as British Prime Minister from 1979 to 1990 and leader of the Conservative Party from 1975 until 1990, being the first and only woman to hold either post. ...


Radio 1 began to play the song every hour - normally an A-list single got seven or eight plays per day - as the public mood was gripped. The DJs began to take apart the song in order to identify each vocalist, and BBC Television were persuaded by Geldof (who rang BBC1 controller Michael Grade personally) that Top of the Pops, the flagship chart show, should break with tradition and feature a song which had yet to be released. Grade watched the video and immediately ordered that every preceding programme should start five minutes early in order to accommodate it on Top of the Pops. David Bowie flew into England to record an introduction for the video. BBC One (or BBC1 as it was formerly styled) is the oldest United Kingdom, and indeed, the world. ... Michael Ian Grade CBE (born March 8, 1943) is a British businessman and a distinguished figure in the field of broadcasting. ... Top of the Pops, also known as TOTP, was a long-running British music chart television programme, made and broadcast by the BBC. It was originally shown each week, mostly on BBC One, from 1 January 1964 to 30 July 2006. ... David Bowie (IPA: []) (born David Robert Jones on 1947 January 8) is an English singer, songwriter, actor, multi-instrumentalist, producer, arranger and audio engineer. ...


The single was released on December 3, 1984, and went straight to #1 in the UK pop charts, outselling all the other records in the chart put together. It became the fastest selling single of all time in the UK, selling a million in the first week alone. It stayed at Number 1 for five weeks and ultimately sold more than three million copies. is the 337th day of the year (338th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is a country in western Europe, and member of the Commonwealth of Nations, the G8, the European Union, and NATO. Usually known simply as the United Kingdom, the UK, or (inaccurately) as Great Britain or Britain, the UK has four constituent...


Each week of its stay at #1, the video would be shown on Top of the Pops, although for the Christmas Day episode, reviewing the year's hits, the song was relayed through the speaker system where all the artists mimed their own line - with the exception of Bono. U2 weren't invited on to the episode, as they'd only had one hit in 1984 and were still a growing band, so Paul Weller was given the embarrassing task of miming Bono's words as well as his own. Paul Weller (born John William Weller May 25, 1958, in Sheerwater, near Woking, Surrey) is an English singer-songwriter. ...


In the United States, the video was played on MTV frequently throughout the holiday season. It sold more than a million copies in the States but did not reach #1 there, due to the more complex nature of the chart system, which counted airplay as well as sales. Despite outselling the official #1 by four to one, it did not make the Top Ten. This article is about the original U.S. music television channel. ...


The single was released just before Christmas with the aim of raising money for the relief of the famine. Geldof's somewhat cautious hope was for £70,000. Ultimately, however, the song raised many millions of pounds and became the biggest-selling single in UK chart history. (It has since been passed by Elton John's tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales, "Candle in the Wind 1997.") Sir Elton Hercules[1] John CBE[2] (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight on 25 March 1947) is a five-time Grammy and one-time Academy Award-winning English pop/rock singer, composer and pianist. ... Princess Diana redirects here. ... Camilla Mountbatten-Windsor, the current Princess of Wales. ... Candle in the Wind is a song with music by Elton John and lyrics by Bernie Taupin. ...


Eventually, the American band Foreigner displaced the song at #1 in the UK with their rock ballad "I Want To Know What Love Is" at the beginning of 1985. During Band Aid's tenure at the top, Wham! had stayed at #2 with their double A-side "Last Christmas"/"Everything She Wants", which became the biggest selling single (at over a million) not to reach #1 in the UK. George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley donated their royalties from this record to Band Aid. Foreigner is a hard rock band formed in New York City in 1976 by veteran musicians Mick Jones and ex-King Crimson member Ian McDonald, along with then-unknown vocalist Lou Gramm (Louis Grammatico). ... Wham! (often written WHAM!) was a pop band formed in 1981 by George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley. ...


Further releases

Twelve months later, "Do They Know It's Christmas?" returned to the UK charts, reaching #3 in the week after Christmas of 1985, with only songs by Whitney Houston and Shakin' Stevens preventing its return to the top merely 47 weeks after it had left the #1 spot. A new version was recorded under the name of Band Aid II in 1989, produced by the popular Hit Factory team of Stock, Aitken and Waterman and featuring a number of the year's most accessible artists, including Kylie Minogue, Jason Donovan, Lisa Stansfield and Bros. Bananarama also appeared, making them the only artists to appear on both versions (although they couldn't be heard on the first). The song again reached #1 for Christmas, raising more money. Whitney Elizabeth Houston (born August 9, 1963) is a six-time Grammy award winning, American R&B singer, soprano, pianist, actress, film producer, and former model. ... Shakin Stevens also known as Shaky (born Michael Barratt, 4 March 1948, in Ely, Cardiff, South Glamorgan, Wales) is a Welsh rock and roll singer, who has the distinction of being the top selling male UK singles artist of the 1980s. ... Cover art for the original Do They Know Its Christmas? release – artist Peter Blake Band Aid is a British and Irish charity supergroup founded in 1984 by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure in order to raise money for famine relief in Ethiopia by releasing a record Do They Know... The Hit Factory was a recording studio in New York City famous for its clientele, such as John Lennon, Michael Jackson, Tony Bennett, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Madonna, U2, Barbra Streisand and Paul Simon. ... Stock Aitken Waterman, sometimes known as SAW, were a British songwriting and record producing trio who had great success during the late 1980s and early 1990s with many of their productions. ... Kylie Ann Minogue (pronounced [1]) (born May 28, 1968) is an Australian, Grammy award-winning pop singer, songwriter and actress. ... Jason Sean Donovan (born June 1, 1968, Malvern, Melbourne) is an Australian actor and singer. ... Lisa Jane Stansfield (born April 11, 1966), better known as Lisa Stansfield, is an English R&B and soul singer from the United Kingdom. ... Bros were an English boy band active in the late 1980s and early 1990s, consisting of twin brothers Matt Goss and Luke Goss along with Craig Logan. ... Bananarama are a British girl group who have had success on the pop and dance charts since 1982. ...


Band Aid 20 recorded a third version of the song in November 2004 for the twentieth anniversary of the original recording, and again got to #1. The idea was prompted by Coldplay singer Chris Martin, although Geldof and Ure both got quickly involved. Geldof did the publicity and educated the younger artists on the issues (the likes of Joss Stone didn't know about the song because she hadn't been born) while Ure assisted producer Nigel Godrich and filmed the event for the corresponding documentary. Band Aid was a British and Irish charity supergroup, founded in 1984 by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure in order to raise money for famine relief in Ethiopia by releasing the record Do They Know Its Christmas? for the Christmas market. ... Coldplay are an English rock band. ... This article is about the Coldplay musician. ... Joss Stone (born Joscelyn Eve Stoker on 11 April 1987) is a British soul, R&B, and blues singer, songwriter, and occasional actress who emerged to fame in late 2003 with her debut album, The Soul Sessions, which was certified triple platinum by the BPI, and was announced as one... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


This version of the song featured an extra segment - a rap by Dizzee Rascal in the midst of the "here's to you" section. Bono arrived at the recording to sing the same line as two decades earlier. Dylan Mills, known professionally as Dizzee Rascal (born November 1, 1985 [1] in Bow, East London)[2], is a Mercury Prize-winning English MC/rapper and producer. ...


In Germany, the song enjoys cult classic status together with "Last Christmas" by Wham!. Both songs have become perennial Christmas favourites and are often played in a row on AC radio stations and at dance clubs. While the 1989 and 2004 versions of Do They Know It's Christmas had notable chart success, the popularity of the original 1984 recording has remained unmatched and the record has seen numerous re-releases in small numbers around Christmas over the years. Adult contemporary music, frequently abbreciated to just AC, is a type of radio format that plays mainstream and pop music, without hip-hop or rap since, as per the name, it is geared more towards adults than teens. ... A nightclub (often dance club or club, particularly in the UK) is an entertainment venue which does its primary business after dark. ...


Other versions and parodies

In 2005, a spoof of this song was released: "Do They Know It's Hallowe'en?" a tongue-in-cheek spoof of "Do They Know It's Christmas", with a wide variety of indie stars. Do They Know Its Halloween? is a satire of the song Do They Know Its Christmas?. It was released on October 11, 2005 on Vice Records by an all-star cast of rock artists and more under the name The North American Halloween Prevention Initiative (NAHPI). ...


Richard Cheese and Lounge Against the Machine covered this into a Lounge style song on their 2006 album, "Silent Nightclub". Richard Cheese & Lounge Against the Machine are a cover band and comedy act based in Los Angeles, California, playing popular rap, rock, metal, and pop songs in a swanky lounge music style. ... Lounge music refers to music played in the lounges and bars of hotels and casinos, or at standalone piano bars. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Silent Nightclub is the sixth album from Richard Cheese and Lounge Against the Machine, released September 26, 2006 (see 2006 in Music). ...


In the 2003 video game Grand Theft Auto Vice City, a song entitled "Do They Know It's the Fourth of July" is mentioned in on the radio station VCPR in reference to Alaska. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City is the fourth video game in the hit Grand Theft Auto franchise. ... For other uses, see Alaska (disambiguation). ...


In 2004, the Swedish singer Shirley Clamp recorded a cover of the song with a schlager rhythm which sold very well in Swedish Charts. It's still been sold in stores and it is a very popular Christmas song there. Shirley Natasja Clamp, (born February 17, 1973 in Borås, Sweden) is a Swedish pop singer. ...


Canadian band Barenaked Ladies recorded a version of the song, which they had played live for several years, for their 2004 release Barenaked for the Holidays. The release of the album happened to coincide with the 2004 Band Aid release. All the profits/royalties the band receive for their release are donated to the Stephen Lewis Foundation. Barenaked Ladies (often abbreviated BNL or occasionally BnL) is a Canadian alternative rock band currently composed of Jim Creeggan, Kevin Hearn, Steven Page, Ed Robertson, Tyler Stewart, and formerly Andy Creeggan. ... Barenaked for the Holidays is a holiday album released by Canadian band Barenaked Ladies, released in 2004. ... The Stephen Lewis Foundation is an organization founded by Stephen Lewis that assists mostly AIDS and HIV-related grassroots projects in Africa. ...


There are also two Polish versions of that song, both called "Daj im znak", which means "give them a sign". One of them recorded by Cugowski brothers, Maciej Silski, and Grzegorz Markowski (Perfect), and the other one by Magda Rzemek, Cugowski brothers (Bracia), and Artur Gadowski (IRA). Maciek Silski (Maciej Silski in fact, born January 10, 1976 in Kwidzyn, Poland) is a Polish singer who rose to popularity after winning Idol Poland 4, the Polish version of Pop Idol, shown by Polsat. ...


In 2003, the TV AllStars released a version of the song. In the Christmas of 2004, Conan O'Brien of Late Night with Conan O'Brien did a segment on his show which was supposed to be a sale of a Christmas CD called "Do They Know The Singers of 'Do They Know It's Christmas?'?" Conan Christopher OBrien (born April 18, 1963)[1] is an Emmy-winning American comedian, writer and television personality best known as host of NBCs late-night talk/variety show Late Night with Conan OBrien. ... Late Night with Conan OBrien is an Emmy Award-winning American late night talk show that is syndicated worldwide. ...


In 2006, the creators of the Adult Swim cartoon The Venture Bros. recorded a cover of the song, sung in the voices of the characters they play on the show. Adult Swim is the name for an adult-oriented television programming network. ... The Venture Bros. ...


In 1999, The Echoing Green (band) recorded a cover version which appeared on the album Electronica.[2] This article is about the band The Echoing Green. ... Electronica refers to a wide range of contemporary electronic music designed for a wide range of uses, including foreground listening, some forms of dancing, and background music for other activities; but unlike electronic dance music, is not specifically focused on the dance floor. ...


References

  1. ^ a b Interview with Midge Ure and Bob Geldof, featuring Ure's original demo
  2. ^ Electronica,discogs.com
Preceded by
"Mull of Kintyre / Girl's School" by Wings
UK best-selling single in history [3]
December 11, 1984 - September 14, 1997
Succeeded by
Something About The Way You Look Tonight / Candle In The Wind 1997” by Elton John
Preceded by
"The Power of Love" by Frankie Goes to Hollywood
UK number one single (Band Aid version)
December 11, 1984 for 5 weeks
Succeeded by
"I Want to Know What Love Is" by Foreigner
Preceded by
"Let's Party" by Jive Bunny and the Mastermixers
UK number one single (Band Aid II version)
December 17, 1989 for 3 weeks
Succeeded by
"Hangin' Tough" by New Kids on the Block
Preceded by
"I'll Stand by You" by Girls Aloud
UK number one single (Band Aid 20 version)
December 5, 2004 for 4 weeks
Succeeded by
"Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)" by Steve Brookstein
Preceded by
"Just Lose It" by Eminem
RIANZ (New Zealand) number one single (Band Aid 20 version)
December 20, 2004 - December 27 2004
Succeeded by
"Drop It Like It's Hot" by Snoop Dogg
Preceded by
"Another Brick in the Wall" by Pink Floyd
UK Singles Chart Christmas Number 1
1984
Succeeded by
"Merry Christmas Everyone" by Shakin' Stevens
Preceded by
"Another Brick in the Wall" by Pink Floyd
UK Singles Chart Christmas Number 1
1989
Succeeded by
"Saviour's Day" by Cliff Richard
Preceded by
"Mad World" by Michael Andrews and Gary Jules
UK Singles Chart Christmas Number 1
2004
Succeeded by
"That's My Goal" by Shayne Ward
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Using powers of persuasion which have since become a major part of the Geldof legend, he put together a group (Band Aid), consisting of leading British rock and pop musicians, all of whom were at the very top of the industry.
According to its co-authors, the lyrics were largely written by Bob Geldof while Midge Ure is responsible for the melody and vocal arrangement.
Bono was unhappy with this 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.
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