Song Of The Day.

Band Aid 30 - Do They Know It's Christmas? (2014)

The original Band Aid line up and song in 1984 is not only one of the best Christmas songs ever, but one of the best songs in history. Not only that but it raised a huge amount of money for such an incredible cause, to help feed starving children in Africa.

Pete Waterman made Band Aid II in 1989, which featured Jason Donovan, Kylie Minogue, Cliff Richard, Wet Wet Wet, along with a few others. Although they managed to top the charts for three weeks, I think it's fair to say it was pretty forgettable and was nothing in comparison to the original.

Then in 2004 came Band Aid 20, organised by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure to commemorate 20 years of Band Aid. This featured Chris Martin, Bono, Paul McCartney, Dizzee Rascal, Robbie Williams, Will Young, and many other popstars of the time. Although I liked it a lot more than Band Aid II, it came and went pretty quickly after being number one for a week, and didn't leave even half the impact the original did.

Fast forward to now, 2014. The 30th anniversary was quickly approaching and after much speculation about if there was going to be a Band Aid 30, Bob Geldof announced that it was going to happen.

He didn't want it to be like Band Aid 20, which was basically a not as good version of the original. The cause it was going to be supporting was to help fight Ebola. The lyrics were re written (with the help of Emeli Sande) so they were more appropriate for the cause, and it was recorded, filmed, and edited in a record breaking 24 hours in the Sarm West Studios in Notting Hill, London. This was the same studio where the original Band Aid was recorded in 1984, which I think makes the track all the more special.

Sir Bob made an extremely powerful and emotional speech on The X Factor, where he debuted the video, which was equally as powerful and emotional to watch. I have so much respect of Bob Geldof for all the incredible charity work he has been involved in. And after what has probably been the worst year of his life, he was so engaging and articulate in front of millions of people on live TV. I think he is phenomenal. 'Sir Bob?' I think I prefer 'Lord Geldof'!

Now to the bit that got everyone talking - the line up. I'm in two minds about it. I think he got it almost perfect, but I just feel as though there should have been some more music icons involved. Elton John, David Bowie, Paul McCartney are all all people who i'm sure would have done it if asked. Also, there are a few youtubers involved - Alfie Deyes, Zoe Sugg and Joe Sugg. All people I regularly watch and really love, however, are we going to look back at the video in years to come and think 'who are those kids singing along at the back?'. I'm not sure, but there is no doubt they will a huge help in raising both awareness about the cause as well as money, and ultimately that it was it is really about.

Here is the full list of everybody who took part:
Bob Geldof
Midge Ure
Paul Epworth
Roger Taylor
Milan Neil Amin-Smith (from Clean Bandit) – Violin
Grace Chatto (from Clean Bandit) – Cello
Bono (the only person to who sang in the original too)!
Clean Bandit
Paloma Faith
Guy Garvey
Ellie Goulding
Angélique Kidjo
Chris Martin
Olly Murs
Sinéad O'Connor
One Direction
Rita Ora
Emeli Sandé
Ed Sheeran
Dan Smith
Sam Smith
Jessie Ware
Alfie Deyes
Joe Sugg
Zoe Sugg

It's always going to be tough to beat the original, but I am actually a really huge fan of the song and how they've done it this time. Although it was number 1 for a week, it hasn't had the success I hoped for. However, i'm hoping after it's release on CD single this week it'll do even better, and maybe get to Christmas number 1.

There are also a few rumours going around that Bob Geldof loved Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith so much that they might be releasing a version of the song each too, which I think would be absolutely incredible!

Buy the single on iTunes here, and the physical copy here.


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