Wednesday, December 8, 2010

"Do They Know It's Christmas?"

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."


Anonymous said...

I hate that song. Partly cause it's sooooooooo saccharine, but mostly cause it's just wrong.
Damn right there won't be snow in Africa this Christmas -- mostly because what isn't equatorial is in the southern hemisphere. They have snow in July, not December.
I have actually left stores when this garbage comes on. I'd rather hear the hippo song.

Brian Bellmont said...

OMG, the hippo song. I just heard that yesterday for the first time this year. A million more to go...

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Anonymous said...

I'd listen to "Do They Know It's Christmas", the hippo song, the Italian Christmas Donkey or "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer" a trillion times in a row rather than listen to "The Christmas Shoes" once -- *truly* the most obnoxious Christmas song ever!

Anonymous said...

My boyfriend is 10 years younger than I am and doesn't remember what a HUGE DEAL this song was when it first came out. All those stars! I can still name each singer as their part comes up, and he's like Simon LeWHO?