The Liner/Sleeve Notes:
“Many thanks to all the fine artists who kindly donated their time and effort in the making of this record”
Bob Geldof’s wonderfully produced Christmas song for Ethiopia.
The song opens with that drum noise thing, and then Paul Young singing, I like Paul Young, but why Bob Geldof chose to have him open the song confuses me. Then comes Boy George, and Boy George is beautiful, and then we continue on with the other vocalists, and they’re all equally as good, they even got Bono in there. Then they have like the three little chorus-type parts, each equally as good. So in conclusion, like everything about this song is great. The drumming at the beginning, to the amazing intro, right down to each of the choruses, because I’m pretty sure there is more than one. Feed the world, and like the first two. I personally enjoy the Feed the World one, ’cause like let them know it’s Christmas time, eh? It’s a great song.
The B-Side starts with Midge Ure saying ‘Feed the World’ and then laughing, and saying he can’t get the laugh right. Even Paul McCartney is there. I always got confused when the guy from Spandau Ballet introduces himself. Sounds like he says ‘Spare no Bowie‘ – ‘Paul Weller, Style Council. Merry Christmas.‘ keep it classy Paul. I like when the guys from Big Country come around, they sound so weird when they speak. “This is David Bowie, it’s Christmas 1984 and there are more starvin’ folk on our planet than ever before” – Bowie rocks. Then they go into the ‘Feed the World’ chorus again. Let’s not forgot Bob Geldof’s soft-spoken outro.
A – Do They Know It’s Christmas?
B – Feed the World
Studio Musicians & Other Album Credits:
Sleeve Artist – Peter Blake
Bass – John Taylor
Drums – Phil Collins
Keyboards – Midge Ure
Guitar – Paul Weller & Gary Kemp
Percussion & Bells – Jon Moss
Drum Samples from the track ‘The Hurting’ – Tears for Fears
Written by Bob Geldof & Midge Ure
Produced by Midge Ure & Trevor Horn
Banarama – Keren, Sara & Siobhan
Boomtown Rats – Bob Geldof, Simon Crowe, Pete Briquette & Johnny Fingers
Culture Club – Jon Moss & Boy George
Duran Duran – John Taylor, Simon Le Bon, Roger Taylor, Nick Rhodes & Andy Taylor
Heaven 17 – Glenn Gregory, Martyn Ware
Kool & The Gang – James Taylor, Robert ‘Kool’ Bell & Dennis Thomas
Spandau Ballet – Steve Norman, Martin Kemp, John Keeble, Gary Kemp & Tony Hadley
Status Quo – Francis Rossi & Rick Parfitt
U2 – Adam Clayton & Bono
Ultravox – Chris Cross & Midge Ure
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