Band Aid - Do They Know its Christmas 1984

Band Aid - Do They Know its Christmas 1984

Band Aid was a British and Irish charity supergroup, founded in 1984 by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure to raise money for famine relief in Ethiopia by releasing the record "Do They Know It's Christmas?" for the Christmas market that year. The single surpassed the hopes of the producers to become the Christmas number one on that release. The record was released on November 29, 1984, and went straight to No. 1 in the UK singles chart, outselling all the other records in the chart put together. It became the fastest- selling single of all time in the UK, selling a million copies in the first week alone. It stayed at No. 1 for five weeks, selling over three million copies and becoming easily the biggest-selling single of all time in the UK. Song Lyrics: It's Christmas time There's no need to be afraid At Christmas time We let in light and we banish shade And in our world of plenty We can spread a smile of joy Throw your arms around the world At Christmas time But say a prayer Pray for the other ones At Christmas time it's hard But when you're having fun There's a world outside your window And it's a world of dread and fear Where the only water flowing Is the bitter sting of tears And the Christmas bells that ring there Are the clanging chimes of doom Well tonight thank God it's them instead of you And there won't be snow in Africa This Christmas time The greatest gift they'll get this year is life Where nothing ever grows No rain nor rivers flow Do they know it's Christmas time at all? BRIDGE: (Here's to you) raise a glass for everyone (Here's to them) underneath that burning sun Do they know it's Christmas time at all? END: Feed the world Feed the world Feed the world Let them know it's Christmas time again Feed the world Let them know it's Christmas time again The original Band Aid ensemble consisted of (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 Marilyn 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)