Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Christmas Week Videos: Do They Know It's Christmas - Band Aid

by Dick Mac

" . . . 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 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 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. . . ." from Wikipedia

"Do They Know It's Christmas" sparked a temporary global movement of privilege, where affluent (first world) people donated many millions of dollars to famine relief.

In the mid-1980s, musician also sparked movements to Free Nelson Mandela, stop racism, and boycott Sun City with similar songs of protest.

Do they know it's christmas

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