Thirty years ago the original version of “Do They Know it’s Christmas?” was released to the world, an effort by a who’s who of British and Irish artists to raise money for poverty relief efforts in Ethiopia. Bob Geldof of the Boomtown Rats wrote the lyrics for the song while Midge Ure of Ultravox composed the music. The song became an international success and to this day remains an essential part of a good mix of Christmas music. Some people cast off the song due to the superstar line-up. I loved it and still do to this day.
Therefore, because of the history of the song I really wanted to like the new version released this year to not only celebrate the 30th anniversary of the track but this time raise money for Ebola victims in Western Africa. Bono from U2 appeared on this version again (he also appeared on the Band Aid 20 version released in 2004), in addition to Chris Martin from Coldplay (his second time, also appeared on Band Aid 20) and of course, Guy Garvey from Elbow. The song is a can’t miss, right?
Wrong, at least in this listener’s opinion but we will always have the original. Happy Holidays, check out both versions.