It's been two decades since the first recording of Midge Ure and Bob Geldof's 'Do They Know It's Christmas?'. Those twenty years ago, musical giants like David Bowie, Culture Club, and Phil Collins lent their skills to the charity project. Then it was recorded five years later in 1989, with help from Kylie Minogue, Jason Donovan, and Wet Wet Wet.
Now that it's been a whole decade and a half since the last recording, 'Do They Know It's Christmas?' will see life once again. Earlier this fall big names like Robbie Williams, Coldplay, and Dido were connected with the Band Aid III single, and now some more heavy hitters have signed up to be part of the Band Aid 20 band.
Paul McCartney, one of the biggest musical names the world is ever destined to know, is ready to play bass on 'Do They Know It's Christmas?', and U2's Bono will lend his vocals to the track. Bono was actually a member of the original 1984 line-up, and is reported to be singing the same line he did back in the day.
Other artists that are partaking in Band Aid 20 include: Chris Martin of Coldplay (vocals), Robbie Williams (vocals), Danny Goffrey of Supergrass (drums), Dido (vocals), and Fran Healy of Travis (guitar). But the list doesn't end there folks, also adding their part to 'Do They Know It's Christmas?' 2004 is: Snow Patrol, Keane, Jamelia, Sugababes, The Darkness, and once again Paul McCartney and Bono.
'Do They Know It's Christmas?' will be produced by Nigel Godrich, who is famous for his work with Radiohead, Beck, and Air. With all the star power and history surrounding the classic track, the single is expected to rocket straight to the top of the charts upon its release in late November. Proceeds made from the single will go to relieve famine and suffering in Africa, just as they always have done.
Writer: Jaclyn Arndt