Let them know it's Christmastime
No question about it: This is my favorite Christmas song and video of all time -- not just the 80s...
A little trivia about the effort:
- Most fans believe that Bob Geldof wrote the song "Do They Know It's Christmas" -- but he actually co-wrote it with Midge Ure of Ultravox. Ure did not have a solo singing performance on the song, but he's responsible for adding the familiar "Feed the world" chorus at the end.
- The artists had only 24 hours to record the song. Phil Collins recorded the first track on drums. Spandau Ballet singer Tony Hadley was the first to record a vocal track. Boy George recorded the final vocal track.
- Paul Young sings the opening lines to the song. But those lines were actually written for David Bowie, who was unable to attend the recording.
- U2's Bono originally objected to his solo line "Tonight thank god it's them instead of you." He later admitted it was a painful truth that most people felt that way.
- Most fans know that Band-Aid's song inspired "We Are The World" by U.S. artists. But did you know that it also spawned similar charitable projects in Canada ("Tears Are Not Enough"), Finland, Latin America, Germany and Yugoslavia?