Well they have had been told on four different occasions by some of the greatest pop stars in the wor….UK, in 1984, 1989, 2004 and finally in 2014, but do they still remember Band Aid 2?
Do They Know It’s Christmas?, co-written by Bob Geldoff and Midge Ure, was the top selling single of the year in 1984 and 2004, but barely anyone under the age of 30 is even aware that Band Aid 2 even happened, even though it spent 3 weeks at number one. I have always felt a bit sorry for the 1989 artists. They had to follow one of the most iconic Christmas records known to mankind, with uber 80’s production company Stock, Aiken and Waterman at the helm.
The line-up was a 12 year old-girl’s wet dream at the time – with Smash Hits favourites Bros, Kylie and Jason, and Sonya on board. But whilst Band Aid had some of the coolest artists from Britain and Ireland, Band Aid 2 had to rely on Cliff Richard and the infamous vocal talents of Technotronic. Even Bono chose to give it a miss, leaving his infamous line “well tonight thank God it’s them instead of you” to Jason Donovan and Bros‘ Matt Goss. It is true that there are those out there who prefer the glossier side of pop; when they hear the opening bass line to Queen‘s Under Pressure they are hoping it’s going to be Vanilla Ice‘s Ice Ice Baby, and the same goes when they hear the opening bar to New Order‘s Blue Monday and pray for Kylie. But time is a cruel mistress, and time has not been kind to Band Aid 2. It feels more dated than its predecessor with the over-polished vocals, and says in the credits that Bros‘ Luke Goss plays drums and even features him hit the skins in the video. I’m pretty sure my Commodore 64 could make a more realistic drum sound.
After an extensive 3 minute search on Google I could not find this on any Christmas compilation. It’s not on Spotify or Apple Music, and it has only just been re-added to YouTube this week. God Bless you Kamikatze07, and to all of the lovely comments of hatred that can now be read below.
This could be the worst version of Do They Know It’s Christmas?, but at least it doesn’t have that Dizzee Rascal rap or the re-imagined lyrics of 2014. Most of the world has seemingly forgotten about Band Aid 2, but Bananarama, Big Fun, Bros, Cathy Dennis, D Mob, Jason Donovan, Kevin Godley, Glen Goldsmith, Kylie Minogue, The Pasadenas, Chris Rea, Cliff Richard, Jimmy Somerville, Sonia, Lisa Stansfield, Technotronic and Wet Wet Wet – we salute you, and thank God Sinitta never got to be involved.