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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Band Aid 30's "Do They Know It's Christmas" Video: Watch...It's Not As Bad As Band Aid 20

So here we have the 30th anniversary of "Do They Know It's Christmas," by Band Aid 30, naturally. Bob Geldof and Midge Ure altered the lyrics from the original version of the charity tune to switch the focus from the African drought of the 1980s to the current ebola crisis. The single goes on sale at midnight tonight.

If you ask me, it's miles ahead of the 2004 Band Aid 20 version, which featured Daniel Bedingfield, Robbie Williams, Will Young, Sugababes, etc. — a song, mind you, that inspired me to create Chart Rigger due to the overall awfulness of music in general at the time. (Jesus Christ — that version of the song was released 10 years ago, and Chart Rigger itself turns 10 in January.)

If I had to rank the four versions of this holiday chestnut, it'd go like this:

1. The 1984 original
2. The 2014 Band Aid 30 version
3. The 1989 Band Aid II version
4. The 2004 Band Aid 20 version

Anyway, here's the video, which premiered on The X Factor UK tonight:

And here are the lyrics, with who is singing what noted:

It’s Christmas time, and there’s no need to be afraid (One Direction)
At Christmas time, we let in light and we banish shade (Ed Sheeran)
And in our world of plenty, we can spread a smile of joy (Rita Ora)
Throw your arms around the world, at Christmas time (Sam Smith)
But say a prayer; Pray for the other ones (Paloma Faith)
At Christmas time it’s hard, but when you’re having fun (Emeli Sande)
There’s a world outside your window, and it’s a world of dread and fear (Guy Garvey from Elbow)
Where a kiss of love can kill you (Dan Smith from Bastille)
And there’s death in every tear (Angélique Kidjo)
And the Christmas bells that ring there, are the clanging chimes of doom (Chris Martin from Coldplay)
Well tonight we’re reaching out and touching you (Bono from U2)
No peace and joy this Christmas in West Africa (Seal)
A song of hope, when there’s no hope tonight (Ellie Goulding)
Why is to comfort to be feared, why is to touch to be scared (Sinead O’Connor)
How can they know it’s Christmas time at all? (Bono from U2)
Here’s to you (All)
Raise a glass for everyone (Olly Murs)
And Here’s to them (All)
And all their years to come (Sam Smith)
Can they know it’s Christmas time at all? (Rita Ora)
Feed the world, let them know it’s Christmas time again (All)
Feel the world, let them know it’s Christmas time again (All)
Heal the world, let them know it’s Christmas time again (All)

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  • At 9:22 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    happy chart rigger birthday ;-)!

  • At 11:55 AM, Blogger dave richards said…

    Don't forget the 1/8th of a second shot of Clean Bandit on strings after Bono :-)

  • At 4:50 PM, Anonymous shaun said…

    I remember your hatred for 20, and I never got it. I kind of love that version. One of the rare points of departure in our tastes over the years ;o) At any rate, happy birthday to the blog and its proud papa.

  • At 12:08 PM, Anonymous The 'Rig is UP said…


  • At 8:09 AM, Blogger JimmyD said…

    I agree with your order. Nothing could ever top the original... and 2004 got almost no publicity (I bought the CD anyway). I don't understand the so-called HATE some people are spewing... it's a freakin' charity fund raiser!
    And! Happy 10th, Chart Rigger!

  • At 9:57 AM, Blogger D'luv said…

    Ha! Well, it's not the b'day/anniversary just yet. Two more months or so, in late January. But thanks!


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