Small House of Everything

Small House of Everything

Tuesday, December 4, 2018


Band Aid 1984:  Do They Know It's Christmas?  Formed by Bob Geldorf in 1984 to raise awareness and money for famine-torn Ethiopia, Band aid gathered forty major artists from (mainly) England and Ireland to produce one of the most important recordings of the last forty years.  The vocalists were Robert "Kool" Bell (Kool & the Gang), Bono (U2), Pete Briquette (The Boomtown Rats), Adam Clayton (U2), Phil Collins (Genesis), Chris Cross (Ultravox), Simon Crowe (The Boomtown Rats), Sarah Dallin (Bananarama), Siobhan Fahey (Bananarama), Johnny Fingers (The Boomtown Rats), Bob Geldorf (The Boomtown Rats), Boy George (Culture Club), Glenn Gregory (Heaven 17), Tony Hadley (Spandau Ballet), John Keeble (Spandau Ballet), Gary Kemp (Spandau Ballet), Martin Kemp (Spandau Ballet), Simon Le Bon (Duran Duran), "Marilyn" (British/Jamaican pop singer Peter Robinson), George Michael (Wham!), Jon Moss (Culture Club), Steve Norman (Spandau Ballet), Rick Parfitt (Status Quo), Nick Rhodes (Duran Duran), Francis Rossi (Status Quo), Sting (The Police), Andy Taylot (Duran Duran), James "J.T." Taylor (Kool & the Gang), John Taylor (Duran Duran), Roger Taylor (Duran Duran), Dennis Thomas (Kool & the Gang), Midge Ure (Ultravox),
Martyn Ware (Heaven 17), Jody Watley, Paul Weller (The Style Council), Keren Woodward (Bananarama), and Paul Young.  The musicians were Phil Collins (drums), John Taylor (bass), Andy Taylor (guitar), and Midge Ure (keyboard).

It heartens me this holiday season that, despite the divisive rhetoric from a few, most people today are as committed as they were in 1984.


  1. Musically, 1984 and much of the eighties were really big, aside from Band Aid also including USA for Africa (We Are the World) and, of course, the best of Grammy's in that decade.

  2. I hope they didn't sing "Baby It's Cold Outside" now that we've learned that it's completely shameful, sexist, anti-feminist, predatory and evil. Of course it's not really, but the #metoo people insist on ruining things.

    1. Certainly, but there are far more shameful, sexist. anti-feminist. predatory and evil songs out there, Rick.