Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Music - Part 343 - Band Aid 1, 2, 3 or 4?

The fourth version is out and there’s no doubt that it’s a very worthy cause, but which is the best version of Band Aid’s Do They Know It’s Christmas?

Your answer probably depends on your age and the number of artists you recognise, but for many it has to be the original.  The incredible array of pop-stars that graced it is testament to the persuasion of Messrs Geldof and Ure and surely everyone knows the vast majority of the faces.

The 1989 sequel had stars of the day too though the contrinbuters could have fitted into a small living room and a few of them, though famous at the time, were really scraping the barrel.  Make your own mind up.

By the time the 20th anniversiary version hit us the ante had been lifted again.  McCartney, Minogue and Dido were present, and who can forget the rap from Dizzee Rascal?

We now have Band Aid 30 raising money for the Ebola Crisis Appeal.  Bono returns after screeching through the 1984 version, but his voice is nowhere near as powerful as it was.  There’s also some bloke from a TV talent show and a lass who wails like a 6 year old that’s just found out that Father Xmas won’t be coming this year.  And someone who looks a bit like him at number 63.

So which version is the best?  Comments below please folks.

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