Now that Christmas is just a few weeks away, you've probably heard "Do They Know It's Christmas?" for the umpteen-millionth time. I know I have. Sure, it gets to be a bit much, but I think the thing, by super-group Band Aid, still holds up.
And regardless of what you think of the song itself, you've gotta tip your hat to the good it did: It raised millions of dollars for famine relief in Ethiopia in 1984, and was the centerpiece of Live Aid, the worldwide concert event the next year.
However, it seems like it reeeally gets on the nerves of the guy who wrote it, former Boomtown Rat Bob Geldof.
"Any day soon, I will go to the supermarket, head to the meat counter and it will be playing," he told Australia's Daily Telegraph last week. "Every f----ing Christmas."
Geldof calls the holiday tune one of "the two worst songs in history." The other? "We Are the World," a song that was no doubt inspired by Geldof's effort.
Geldof may have a point,at least about "We Are the World": In an interview with Rolling Stone, Billy Joel reminisced: "Most of us who were there didn't like the song, but nobody would say so. I think Cyndi Lauper leaned over to me and said, 'It sounds like a Pepsi commercial.' And I didn't disagree."