Xmas Jam Countdown: Band Aid, "Do They Know It's Christmas?"


MP3: Band Aid, "Do They Know It's Christmas Time? (Original 1984)"

I couldn't find the best version of this song, which is an extended mix with a totally earnest spoken-word bridge featuring the tune's participants. But here's the original version of 1984's seminal charity single, "Do They Know It's Christmas?" The U.K. tune was recorded to raise money to help ease famine in Ethiopia, but it also spawned countless hilarious parodies and spoofs (and arguably kicked off the "all-star charity single" trend of the '80s).

Video below, which is a must. See Phil Collins in his bitching argyle vest keeping the beat strong! See George Michael's amazingly bleached/frosted blonde hairdo -- which is only rivaled by Simon LeBon's similar coif! Sting in a ridiculous scarf! Bono looking almost sedate!

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