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Friday, November 25, 2005

Sneak Preview

On this date in 1984, a group of British musicians came together to record--in MY opinion--the single greatest charity single in the history of the world. They recorded for 24 hours straight, and released a single, which hit #1 on the British pop charts by December 15, and was the spark that went on to create Live Aid in July of 1985. NO OTHER ATTEMPTS--including the henious, henious, HENIOUS, 2004 remake, could hold a candle to the brilliance of this song. So, this morning, I give you one of my favorite modern Christmas songs, Band Aid's "Do They Know It's Christmas?".

A little preview of what December will look like here at the Midvale School. Stay tuned!

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Blogger Carmen said...

I really did like that song, and now you've put it in my head for the day!

Michele sent me. ;)

9:15 AM  
Blogger Jean-Luc Picard said...

My favourite Christmas single was John & Yoko's Happy Xmas (War Is Over)'.

Michele sent me this way.

9:29 AM  
Blogger Chatty said...

PBS put out a show last month called, "Stand Up Get Up: The Story of Pop Music and Protest ( and they have a segment on this song. I loev it too!

1:07 PM  
Blogger The Mistress of the Dark said...

I've always loved that song. It has several of my favorite 80's musician's singing on it...and Midge Ure was one of the writers and he's absolutely brilliant.

1:36 PM  
Blogger craziequeen said...

You've picked one of my least favourite songs.... :-)

I prefer the glamrock Christmas stuff - Slade, Wizzard etc :-)

Here from Michele's


5:07 PM  
Blogger Marcia said...

Court - you've amazed me once again. I LOVE that song, and immediately blasted it from my tiny laptop speakers (thanks for giving me the choice!) and my husband, working in the other room, yelled, "what is this crap?" and I danced over to him and said, "oh you'll know it in a second!" and even as I sang, "Heal the wo-o-o-rld!" he looked amazed. He claims to have NEVER HEARD THE SONG BEFORE. And he grew up in America. In the Midwest. In the 80's! I think I have to get divorced now!

2:45 PM  
Blogger dena said...

I love the song. Hearing it here makes the third time today. It's definitely a favorite. Magical in the way it was made, magical in the thoughts it provoked and still matters today. Magic.

Thanks for sharing.

Michele sent me your way!

4:36 PM  
Anonymous Nina said...

Why do I think all you folks are in your early to mid-30's, just the right age to have been hit so hard by this song in your formative years that you're still moved by this tune? Sure, Status Quo and Paul Young are great and all. . . ahem. . . but the dated music, hackneyed sentimentality, and religious/cultural imperialism ("Do they know it's Christmas?" No, BECAUSE THEY'RE NOT CHRISTIANS!!!) make me shudder.

Still, can't knock the money it's raised, and have to agree it's probably the best charity song ever . . . because the others are so abysmal. . .

Admit it, you just like it because Simon LeBon made you feel so tingly. . .

1:43 PM  

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