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(Reuters)   Band Aid song "Do They Know It's Christmas?" to be re-recorded   ( divider line
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2004-10-20 01:02:18 PM  
Why not? Why is this stupid? If you actually listen to it, it's a really good song, written by a terrific songwriter (Midge Ure). The money goes to a good cause, and not just in somebody's bank account. I don't see why this is stupid.
2004-10-20 01:18:54 PM  
I like that song as well, and snagged a copy of it back in the Napster days.

My only problem with it, however, is the lyric "Do they know it's Christmas time at all?"....while referring to a country full of Muslims. Eh, they meant well I suppose.
2004-10-20 02:11:17 PM  
Saw the headline this morning, "Band Aid song to be re-recorded."

At first, thought I: "I am stuck on Band-aid, cause Band-aid's stuck on me...."
2004-10-20 04:28:50 PM  
IMHO, this is one of the worst Christmas songs ever. Also included on my personal list are "Wonderful Christmas Time" by Paul McCartney, and "Snoopy's Christmas" by The Royal Guardsmen, Dominick the Donkey, and (as much as I love the Kinks)Father Christmas by the Kinks. Listening to those songs on loop when I worked in a record store at Christmas time made me hope to never hear them ever again. The McCartney one definitely irritates me the most though. It's those bad synthesizers, and the terrible lyrics...

That said, Travis is one of my favorite bands, and I get such a kick out of the Darkness, that I will have to check out this version.
The Darkness had an awesome Christmas song last year, "Christmas Time (Don't let the Bells End)". The video was hysterical.

This song is already the leader in odds for Christmas number one song? I don't think Americans are aware of how big a deal the Christmas number one song" is in the UK. People wager on it, and odds are made for al of the songs. It was part of the plot of the movie "Love Actually".
2004-10-20 04:45:20 PM  
The lyrics were written by Bob Geldof, in the back of a taxi, fifteen minutes before the song was recorded. That being the case a bit of lyrical clumsiness can be excused.

The original Band Aid were:

Phil Collins
Bob Geldof
Steve Norman (Spandau Ballet)
Chris Cross (Ultravox)
John Taylor (Duran Duran)
Paul Young
Tony Hadley (Spandau Ballet)
Glenn Gregory (Heaven 17)
Simon Le Bon (Duran Duran)
Simon Crowe
Keren Woodward (Bananarama)
Martin Kemp (Spandau Ballet)
Jody Watley
Bono (U2)
Paul Weller
James Taylor
George Michael
Midge Ure (Ultravox)
Martin Ware (Heaven 17)
John Keeble (Spandau Ballet)
Gary Kemp (Spandau Ballet)
Roger Taylor (Duran Duran)
Sarah Dullin (Bananarama)
Siobhan Fahey (Bananarama)
Peter Briquette
Francis Rossi (Status Quo)
Robert 'Kool' Bell
Dennis Thomas
Andy Taylor (Duran Duran)
Jon Moss (Culture Club)
Rick Parfitt (Status Quo)
Nick Rhodes (Duran Duran)
Johnny Fingers
David Bowie
Boy George
Holly Johnson (Frankie Goes to Hollywood)
Paul McCartney

A reasonable smattering of pop nouse, there. Some also rans too, i'd forgotten.

However bad this new lot are they're unlikely to be as bad as the re-recording by 'Band Aid 2' i.e. the runts of the Stock Aitkin & Waterman axis of evil that ruined music in the late eighties:

Big Fun
Cathy Dennis
D Mob
Jason Donovan
Kevin Godley
Glen Goldsmith
Kylie Minogue
The Pasadenas
Chris Rea
Cliff Richard
Jimmy Somerville
Lisa Stansfield
Wet Wet Wet

oh, what talents.
2004-10-20 06:39:47 PM  
Since the Darkness are participating, maybe the B-side will be "Get Your Hands Off My Stocking (Motherfarker)".
2004-10-20 07:38:57 PM  
"and there won't be snow in Africa this xmas...."

dumbest lyric ever? I think so.
2004-10-20 07:40:09 PM  

2004-10-20 07:41:37 PM  
I wonder if the Russians love their children too.
2004-10-20 07:42:12 PM  
Can I get a free Bono edition iPod with the screams of the dying already downloaded onto it?
2004-10-20 07:43:27 PM  
A band called The Echoing Green did a fantastic cover of this several years back.

I also never understood the "no snow in Africa this Christmas time" ...isn't it Summer in most of Africa in December?
2004-10-20 07:43:38 PM  
Barenaked Ladies just recorded a version of this song for their new holiday album. It's nice.
2004-10-20 07:44:52 PM  
Well, it was better than the American counterpart, "We Are The World." What a steaming pile that one was...

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2004-10-20 07:45:38 PM  
Neil makes me laugh though, because, you know, its his interfering, its his timing. Going on about he wants some report doing... It's red nose day, you know. Ooh, whats more important, you Neil, with your report, or some starving children? Ooh I don't know. Ooh what would Lenny Henry say? I think we know... Imagine him going out of the door on comic relief day and Dawn French is going Where you going, you havent done the washing up. You havent put the rubbish out. DO IT YOURSELF I'VE GOTTA SAVE SOME AFRICANS!!.

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ZAZ [TotalFark]
2004-10-20 07:45:46 PM  
Q: How many Ethiopians can you fit in a phone booth?

A: All of them!
2004-10-20 07:45:57 PM  
Bob Geldork puts his pants on one leg at a time, just like anybody else..
2004-10-20 07:46:34 PM  
Im tired of the Children in need. It was their choice to get born, now they have to live with that choice.
2004-10-20 07:47:01 PM  
I'll bet they don't know it's Christmas because they're not farking Christian!!!
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2004-10-20 07:47:22 PM  
I also never understood the "no snow in Africa this Christmas time"

He was anticipating the retreat of the glaciers on top of Mount Killimanjaro.
2004-10-20 07:47:59 PM  
Do they know the same warlords will divert the food this time as diverted it last time?
2004-10-20 07:48:01 PM  
Doesn't that constitute a crime against humanity????
2004-10-20 07:48:47 PM  
The Sun said rockers The Darkness and Scottish group Travis had also signed up to re-record the single and bookmakers immediately tipped the song as a favourite for the Christmas number one

Gotta love the UK. They bet on anything.
2004-10-20 07:48:48 PM  
It took me 20 years to get that song out of my head, and now they are going to re-record it?! Crap! This is 40 years of my life this song will have wasted before it was over, and I can never get those years back!
2004-10-20 07:48:56 PM  

I like that song as well, and snagged a copy of it back in the Napster days.

My only problem with it, however, is the lyric "Do they know it's Christmas time at all?"....while referring to a country full of Muslims. Eh, they meant well I suppose.

Actually, Ethipoia is about half-and-half Christian and Muslim, and has been for a large part of the last 2000 years a Christian country.
2004-10-20 07:49:27 PM  
While I'm all for helping starving people (he says while chewing a mouthful of McDonalds french fries), I think this idea needs to be killed quickly. Otherwise you'll have a re-recording of "We Are the World" and Willie Nelson will roll out his Band-Aid thing again then someone will suggest a "Superbowl Shuffle" reunion and we'll all be ready to kill ourselves at that point...
2004-10-20 07:49:43 PM  
But Do They Know It Sucks?
2004-10-20 07:50:29 PM  
Lenny_da_Hog - That Band-Aid song has been rerecorded. The last time I remember hearing it, it went something like "I am stuck on Band-Aid BRAND (TM) 'cause germs don't stick on me!"
I hate it when they do that.
I liked "We Are the World"... :(
2004-10-20 07:51:29 PM  
Does this mean someone will also be re-recording "We're Sendin' Our Love Down The Well?"

There's a hole in my heart
As deep as a well
For that poor little boy
who's stuck halfway to Hell.

Though we can't get him out,
We'll do the next best thing!

We'll go on TV and sing, sing, sing!

And we're sendin' our love down the well!


Yes we're sendin' our love down the well!

2004-10-20 07:51:39 PM  
Hey, this is going to sound mean and rude, but i don't care.

You sorry christian bastards. Do you realise that the proverbial "THEY" don't know it's christmas because they aren't christian and don't believe in the birth of the saviour on the 25th of December?

It's a stupid song and I can almost guarantee that more money will go to *whoever's* pocket and not to people that don't know it's christmas, at all.

Yes, you're right, I'm in a bad mood and took it out on you. Bite me.
2004-10-20 07:52:03 PM  
Do they know it's October?
2004-10-20 07:52:57 PM  
Isn't funny how the big kafuffle about the famine in ethiopia when they were propmted to make this huge deal about it is now pretty much a daily occurance that we brush aside.

We were all so righteous and thoughtful back then. Then it all got too hard. Then we started referring to them as Starvin' Marvins and we realised that they were a great source of comedy
2004-10-20 07:53:03 PM  
ha ha...

of course they don't know its christmas... most of them are't christains
2004-10-20 07:53:56 PM  
I concur with most - song is OK at best... why a remake?

Somebody hurting for a single and the record companies looking to prop them up?

Honestly, I think all of the modern Christmas songs suck. Not a traditionalist, nor am I stuck in another era... I just think they suck. Same goes for the movies and cartoons. They try so hard to be what the classics were instead of defining themselves.

/soapbox dismount
2004-10-20 07:54:11 PM  
It's not as bad as "Do They Know It's The Fourth of July?", which was meant to provide famine aid to Alaska.

/"I'm Maurice Chavez!"
2004-10-20 07:54:41 PM  
It's about time.

I was thinking about this yesterday afternoon as a matter of fact.

I think a new one should be made every year.

And Christmas Rap by the Waitresses, too.

# I wait all year for those two songs
2004-10-20 07:55:14 PM  
Isn't the song title, "Don't they know it's Christmas time"?
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2004-10-20 07:55:16 PM  
Are they still hungry? Can we ship Michael Moore over?

(Liberals: Pretend I wrote "Rush Limbaugh".)
2004-10-20 07:55:27 PM  
I thought the last record fixed all the problems? I'm not suffering through that crappy song twice if they won't go get a farking job after twenty years.
2004-10-20 07:56:02 PM  
I still have a copy of the original on vinyl! The band Far did a cover of the tune also.
/loved the 80s synth pop and proud of it...
2004-10-20 07:56:48 PM  
Do they know it's Ramadan at all....
2004-10-20 07:57:03 PM  
I blame gay elves for this...
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2004-10-20 07:57:51 PM  
I wait all year for those two songs

I bought a Waitresses compliation CD so I could hear "Christmas Wrapping" on demand. Pretty awful overall -- I never cared for "I Know What Boys Like", their other hit -- but something about that song works for this person who hates the Christmas season.
2004-10-20 07:58:08 PM  
I agree about the Waitress' tune. Got that one on vinyl also. I really need a new turntable. Anyone got any good advice on how I should record all my records to my HD?
2004-10-20 07:59:57 PM  
Yes, charity is stupid.
2004-10-20 08:00:02 PM  
I don't care about getting the song stuck in my head again, but it would be nice to avoid another ten-year crush on Bob Geldof. Funny to think I'm older now than he was then.... 'scuse me while I go count gray hairs.

"And Christmas Rap by the Waitresses, too."

YES! Best Christmas pop song ever.
2004-10-20 08:00:35 PM  
I need one gun and one bullet to end the misery...

Anyone? Please?
2004-10-20 08:01:14 PM  
I blame gay Elvis for this...
2004-10-20 08:02:34 PM  
It will be the same, except this time non-talents will be singing!
2004-10-20 08:02:45 PM  
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2004-10-20 08:02:50 PM  
It warms my heart when a group of self-rightous, egocentric rock stars with millions of dollars sing songs about how middle class folk should be more charitable.
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