Band Aid's Do They Know It's Christmas Fun Fact


This morning in our Tuesday game Name That Radical Tune, the snippet of an 80s song you heard was Paul Young singing, “It’s Christmas time…” the first line in Band Aid’s Do They Know It’s Christmas. It’s the very first syllable in the song recorded November 25 1984 that would change the world, though nobody had any idea at the time of the massive impact it would have.

It was written by Boomtown Rats singer Bob Geldof and Ultravox singer Midge Ure after Geldof saw a BBC News report after the famine in Ethiopia. Do They Know It’s Christmas led to USA for Africa’s We Are The World and the 80s biggest charity event, Live Aid.