C.x (itsjustc) wrote,

65 years of UK Christmas No1s - 2004

Band Aid 20 - Do They Know It's Christmas

"Do They Know It's Christmas?" is a song written by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure in 1984 to raise money for relief of the 1983–85 famine in Ethiopia. The original version was produced by Midge Ure and released by Band Aid on 28 November 1984.

A third version of the song was recorded by Band Aid 20 in November 2004 for the twentieth anniversary of the original recording, and again got to No. 1. The idea was prompted by Coldplay singer Chris Martin, although Geldof and Ure both got quickly involved. Geldof did the publicity and educated the younger artists on the issues (some of the artists weren't born when the original was recorded) while Ure assisted producer Nigel Godrich and filmed the event for the corresponding documentary.

This version of the song featured an extra segment—a rap by Dizzee Rascal in the midst of the "here's to you" section. Bono arrived at the recording to sing the same line as two decades earlier, making him the sixth artist to appear on two versions, in addition to Geldof, Ure, Paul McCartney, Sarah Dallin and Keren Woodward (Bananarama).

Organisers and producers:

Midge Ure – organiser
Nigel Godrich (Radiohead, Travis) – producer
Bob Geldof – producer
Damon Albarn (Blur, Gorillaz)


Danny Goffey (Supergrass) – (drums)
Thom Yorke – (piano) and Jonny Greenwood – (guitar) – (Radiohead)
Sir Paul McCartney – bass guitar
Justin Hawkins and Dan Hawkins (The Darkness) – guitar
Brian May (Queen) – guitar
Roger Taylor – drums (Queen)
Phil Collins – drums (Genesis)
Ron Mael – keyboards (Sparks)


Tim Wheeler (Ash)
Daniel Bedingfield
Natasha Bedingfield
Bono (U2)
Chris Martin (Coldplay)
Dido – performed separately from a studio in Melbourne
Dizzee Rascal – the only artist to add lyrics to the song
Ms Dynamite
Skye Edwards (Morcheeba)
Neil Hannon (The Divine Comedy)
Justin Hawkins (The Darkness)
Tom Chaplin (Keane)
Tim Rice-Oxley (Keane)
Beverley Knight
Shaznay Lewis (formerly of All Saints)
Katie Melua
Róisín Murphy (Moloko)
Snow Patrol
Rachel Stevens
Joss Stone
The Thrills
Turin Brakes
Robbie Williams – performed separately from a studio in Los Angeles
Will Young
Weird Al Yankovic – performed separately from a studio in Lynwood
Russell Mael (Sparks)
Fran Healy (Travis)
Fraser Stone
George Cave
Fraser Aitken
Felix Pivcevic

Tags: 2004, band aid 20, do they know it's christmas, uk christmas no1s

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