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Do They Know It’s Christmas? (Video, 1984, and back story)

December 11, 2011

If you grew up in the 80s, you were probably really excited when this song came out at Christmas, 1984.  There are lots of interesting stories associated with it.

The guys from Kool and the Gang were the only American artists recording on the song.

If you don’t know who the first guy singing is, that’s Paul Young, who was huge in the 80s.  You know, he sings that song “Everytime You Go Away” that plays on soft rock stations.  David Bowie was supposed to open the song, but couldn’t make the session (he sent in his track to be included).  I think Paul Young did an amazing job, though.

Bob Geldof phoned and woke up Boy George to fly to London (he flew on the Concorde!) to participate — he was the last one to be recorded.

The song earned $14 million for famine relief and spurred a bunch of follow-up efforts, such as Live Aid and various imitators.

Oddly enough, organizer Bob Geldof (of the Boomtown Rats) absolutely hates this song now.  Oh, well! Bob or no, it’s still a great song, and my son loves it.

The record was released on November 29, 1984, and went straight to No. 1 in the UK singles chart, outselling all the other records in the chart put together. It became the fastest- selling single of all time in the UK, selling a million copies in the first week alone.

Here’s the video…


Cool Yule Karaoke: Auld Lang Syne

December 30, 2009

Auld Lang Syne just means in the old days.  Happy New Year to you and yours.

Cool Yule Karaoke: We Wish You A Merry Christmas

December 23, 2009

This is a fast version, so get ready to sing!  And Merry Christmas to you and your kin 🙂

Cool Yule Karaoke: I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus

December 16, 2009

Rock out your Christmas on Hump Day with this fun karaoke version.

Cool Yule Karaoke: Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

December 9, 2009

This is a jazzy, slow version.  Have fun!

Cool Yule Karaoke: All I Want For Christmas is You

December 2, 2009

Okay, gather everyone from your office, or get the kids together around the computer, and make like Mariah Carey!

Cool Yule Karaoke: Come Ye Thankful People Come

November 25, 2009

Remember singing this in grade school?  I do.  Here’s the karaoke version, just in time for Thanksgiving.  Gather your little ones around the computer and teach them this song.  By the way, I’m thankful for my family and friends.  Check back each Wednesday during the December holidays for a new seasonal Karaoke song (or subscribe, and they’ll come right to your email inbox).

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