Tuesday 19 February 2019

Bring Back Band Aid 1984

Bob Geldof
Bob Geldof

Pat Fitzpatrick

It wasn't all rivalry between Ireland and Scotland last week. Bob Geldof and Midge Ure are planning to record another version of Do They Know It's Christmas?, to help combat Ebola. Do They Know Any Other Song? might be a better name, says you. Stop. There's no need to be so cynical.

The line-up for the latest version includes Ellie Goulding, Sam Smith, Bastille and Paloma Faith. This caused music fans of a certain age to ask a simple question. Who? Not recognising every act in Band Aid is a real sign you are getting old. That's a classic First World problem there. But nobody likes to be told they are no longer down with the kids. (Not that the kids would ever say 'down with the kids.')

The line-up also includes Ed Sheeran, One Direction, Coldplay and Bono. (He's like the poor in one way - Bono we will always have with us.) There is something missing there. Bitchiness. The real miracle of the first Band Aid in 1984 was that they got Boy George into a room with his rivals without starting a free-for-all. Almost everyone in the room wasn't talking to somebody else. Apparently even Phil Collins had the hump. It was that bad.

Pop music is just too nice now. It's not like anyone is going to start a fight with Ed Sheeran. So good luck with this latest version, Bob and Midge. We're sure it will be a huge success. But a lot of us are still pining for the glory days of 1984.

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