Wednesday, December 23, 2009

It's been 25 years

We were listening to satellite radio's 80s on 8 on the way home from shopping today.

The station was pushing the most political issues of the 80s and that topic can't go without mentioning the spotlight shone on starvation in Africa.

Bob Geldof of the Boomtown Rats and Midge Ure of Thin Lizzy brought a bunch of United Kingdom pop star together to form Band Aid. There was Bono, Boy George, George Michael and Andrew Ridgely (then Wham!), Annie Lennox, Sting, Duran Duran ... all the greats of the 80s.

Do They Know It's Christmas, which marks its 25th anniversary this Christmas, was a great song and I can't help but remember every single word and every singer in the video.



The video also spawned American and Canadian versions.

See how many stars you can name in We Are the World by USA for Africa:



And my favourite, Tears Are Not Enough, by Northern Lights:



It opens with Gordon Lightfoot and Burton Cummings, for heaven's sake.

Gordon Lightfoot and Burton Cummings!

Oh ... and somewhere around the end, the 1985 NHL All-stars -- both Wales and Campbell conference teams -- are involved.

Now that's Canadian.

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