Bob Geldof - Bob Geldof Blasts Christmas Single

Bob Geldof has blasted charity single 'Do They Know It's Christmas?' as one of the "worst songs ever".

The former Boomtown Rats singer and charity campaigner co-wrote the festive staple - which was recorded by a host of the biggest names in pop music in November 1984 and released later that year - with Midge Ure to raise money for the relief of the 1984-1985 famine in Ethiopia.

The song set the record for biggest selling UK single at the time, selling a million copies in the first week and retaining the Number One spot in the charts for five weeks, eventually selling more than 3.5 million copies in the UK.

'Do They Know It's Christmas?' has since become a favourite Christmas track in the UK and continues to receive heavy airplay during the festive season, although Bob - who also helped co-ordinate and appeared on a US equivalent charity track, 'We Are The World' - has long ago stopped being a fan.

He said: "I am responsible for two of the worst songs in history. One is 'Do They Know It's Christmas?' and the other one is 'We Are The World'.

"Any day soon, I will go to the supermarket, head to the meat counter and it will be playing. Every f***ing Christmas."

'Do They Know It's Christmas?' features artists including Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet, Boy George, George Michael Sting, Bono and Adam Clayton of U2, Phil Collins, Paul Weller, Francis Rossi and Rick Parfittof Status Quo and Bananarama.

Bob added he doesn't even like hearing carol singers perform the track to him.

He added: "Sometimes I think that's wild because I wrote it. Or else I am thinking how much I want them to stop because they are doing it really badly."

Midge - who was in the band Ultravox - has yet to give comment.


Contactmusic

Tags: Bob Geldof - Adam Clayton - Bananarama - Bono - Boomtown Rats - Boy George - Duran Duran - George Michael - MIDGE URE - Paul Weller - Phil Collins - Spandau Ballet - Status Quo - Sting - U2 - ULTRAVOX

Advertisement

More Bob Geldof

Fifi Geldof Expresses Anger At 'Selfish' Social Media Remarks

Fifi Geldof, the eldest sister of the late Peaches Geldof, has hit out at an unnamed social media user who had described her sister’s use...

Bob Geldof Still Grieving Peaches' Death, But Doesn't Want Her Sons "Wrapped Up" In Geldof Life

Three months after the death of Peaches Geldof, Sir Bob Geldof has opened up about his grief in his first interview since.“I’m walking down the...

Bob Geldof Plays His First Gig With The Boomtown Rats Since The Death of Daughter Peaches.

Boomtown Rats singer Bob Geldof has returned to the stage for the first time since the death of his daughter Peaches seven weeks ago.Geldof has...

Peaches Geldof's Cause of Death Linked to Heroin

Peaches Geldof, the journalist and model, died after taking heroin, an inquest in Gravesend, Kent has been told. Her body was found by her husband,...

Advertisement

Peaches Geldof Funeral Set, But We Still Don't Know How She Died

Peaches Geldof, who died on April 7 aged just 25, will be laid to rest on Easter Monday. The funeral will take place in the...

A Week In News: Peaches Passes, 'Captain America' Crushes Competition, Rockers Roll Into The History Books

"#RIPPeaches": So went the hashtag that thousands of Twitter users used to pay tribute to the late Peaches Geldof, who was found dead in her...

Peaches Geldof's Body Released For Funeral, Post-Mortem Proves Inconclusive

Peaches Geldof's body has been released to her family to make way for funeral arrangements. However, a post-mortem investigation yesterday proved inconclusive, casting no light...

Remembering Peaches Geldof, Her Life and Career

The death of Peaches Geldof yesterday has brought on a wave of shock and sadness across social media as people try to come to terms...

Advertisement

Comments

Bob Geldof Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Bob Geldof

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All