Friday, 26 May 2017
692 The Do They Know It's Christmas Video
First viewed : 29 November 1984
This had been well trailed on the news programmes but the official unveiling of the Band Aid video was just before Top of the Pops on a Thursday evening. It's still a remarkable story, how a washed-up rock star saw a harrowing news report about Ethiopian famine and used the only asset he had left, the names in his address book, to create the most famous charity single of all time.
The video is nothing more than footage from the hastily-convened recording session that produced the single with the insertion of Boy George who had to fly over from the States to do his bit. It's now a time capsule of who was big at the time with one or two exceptions ; if there's someone you don't recognise it'll be one of the Boomtown Rats. You also have to put up with the annoying mugging of Culture Club drummer Jon Moss who seemed to think his vicarious fame gave him the right to hog the camera.
For all its significance the song is a bit of a dog, little better than an Ultravox B-side, but you can't knock the intention.