Do They Know It’s Christmas?

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U2, Kalvøya-festivalen, Norway, August 21st 1983
Bono in 2003: A good year for bad haircuts

So many good reasons to watch this video from 1984…totally fashion tragic in every sense.

Feed the World” was the refrain. How sad that today so many deaths occur from preventable disease. Hunger remains a problem. Many of these problems have solutions that are not too difficult to resolve…especially after 16 years.

How many more Christmas will again pass before this hunger is met. Personally, I believe that a deeper hunger drives all of this poverty. It is a deep-seated spiritual hunger within all of us, masked by our insatiable desire to consume and buy more stuff. All the politicians and rock-lords in the world cannot meet that hunger.

How should we respond to this video- With Nostalgia? With disbelief that nothing has changed? With annoyance that we swore we never wanted to hear that song again? With resolution to finally put it right?

Everyone, please give it up for the original Band Aid ensemble (in sleeve order):

Linda Ronstadt
Adam Clayton (U2)
Phil Collins (Genesis)
Bob Geldof (The Boomtown Rats)
Steve Norman (Spandau Ballet)
Chris Cross (Ultravox)
John Taylor (Duran Duran)
Paul Young
Tony Hadley
Glenn Gregory (Heaven 17)
Simon Le Bon (Duran Duran)
Simon Crowe
Keren Woodward (Bananarama)
Martin Kemp (Spandau Ballet)
Jody Watley (Shalamar)
Bono (U2)
Paul Weller (The Style Council, and previously The Jam)
James “J.T.” Taylor (Kool & The Gang)
George Michael (Wham!)
Midge Ure (Ultravox)
Martyn Ware (Heaven 17)
John Keeble (Spandau Ballet)
Gary Kemp (Spandau Ballet)
Roger Taylor (Duran Duran)
Sara Dallin (Bananarama)
Siobhan Fahey (Bananarama)
Sting (The Police)
Pete Briquette (The Boomtown Rats)
Francis Rossi (Status Quo)
Robert ‘Kool’ Bell (Kool & the Gang)
Dennis Thomas (Kool & the Gang)
Andy Taylor (Duran Duran)
Jon Moss (Culture Club, former member of Adam and the Ants)
Rick Parfitt (Status Quo)
Nick Rhodes (Duran Duran)
Johnny Fingers (The Boomtown Rats)
David Bowie (who contributed via a recording that was mailed to Geldof and then dubbed onto the single)
Boy George (Culture Club)
Holly Johnson (Frankie Goes to Hollywood)
Paul McCartney (Wings and The Beatles, who contributed via a recording that was mailed to Geldof and then dubbed onto the single)
Stuart Adamson (Big Country)
Bruce Watson (Big Country)
Tony Butler (Big Country)
Mark Brzezicki (Big Country)


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