The song was the first of its kind. And it prompted American artists to make the single "We Are The World." And even spawn many other charity singles. Watch the video for the original song here: "Do They Know It's Christmas? (1984)"
What I like about this was that the women had more of a prominent role is singing the verses. Also, the structure of the song was changed a bit to bring in the chorus after the first verse. Watch the video for this version here: "Do They Know It's Christmas? (1989)"
However, after hearing the end result, I was so happy that Bananarama were not involved. It turned out to be one of the worst records in pop history. A rap was added to the song, as well as a guitar solo. When everyone sang together, it sounded like too many were singing out of tune. Not even the Sugababes could save the day.
I was truly shocked at just how terrible it was. I have said that Bananarama were lucky they were not part of that. Even 10 years later, I still find this version to be completely cringeworthy. Watch the video for it here: "Do They Know It's Christmas? (2004)"
This time, the lyrics were changed slightly to address the Ebola crisis in Africa. And proceeds went to fight that as well. But not all the lyrics were changed. The chorus was still "Feed The World." So, the concept seemed a bit askew to me. I'm fine with the proceeds helping out fight Ebola. But I can't help but think that AIDS in Africa is a much bigger and devastating problem than Ebola. But I can let that go. Any help we can give is good, I think.
This new version of the song is indeed better than the Band Aid 20 version. However, it still worse than the original and the Band Aid II version. What was once a beautiful song that could make you get teary eyed, now has lost all of that emotion. Watch the video for the new version here: "Do They Know It's Christmas? (2014)"
If there is a Band Aid 40, I sure hope that they leave the song "Do They Know It's Christmas?" alone. Come up with a new original song! But remaking this song over and over isn't helping with the legacy. Especially, when it sounds worse than the original.
"Do They Know It's Christmas? (2014)" is available on iTunes.
P.S. Click here to see my list of my favourite Christmas/Holiday songs!