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Monday, November 15, 2004

Is it Christmas already?

Reading this article about the new Band Aid I suddenly felt very old. Did I really need to know that Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol was just eight years old when I first heard the original single in 1984 or that a large number of the artists this time around were not even born then? I quite enjoyed this little gem however:

Where once there was incomprehension, now there was awareness, "a cultural and political resonance there wasn't 20 years ago," according to Geldolf. Asked to record a personal message in 1984, Spandau Ballet's sax player famously said "hi" to all their fans in Africa and promised to tour Ethiopia the following year. This year, all the artists knew what it was about, apart from 17-year-old Joss Stone, who wasn't quite sure who the scruffy Irishman was. Geldof said Stone's dad insisted she turn up.

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