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Monday, 21 December 2009

Band Aid II - Do They Know It's Christmas

A new version was recorded under the name of Band Aid II in 1989, produced by the popular Hit Factory team of Stock, Aitken and Waterman and featuring a number of the year's most accessible artists, including Kylie Minogue, Jason Donovan, Lisa Stansfield and Bros. Bananarama also appeared, making Sarah Dallin and Keren Woodward the only artists to appear on both versions (although they couldn't be heard on the first). The song again reached #1 for Christmas, raising more money and also making it the final number-one single of the 1980s and it was final song to be played on Top of the Pops in the Eighties, whom of it was the original version of the song.

This version, released in 1989 was produced by British songwriting and production team formed of Mike Stock, Matt Aitken and Pete Waterman known as Stock Aitken Waterman. The only artists from the original Band Aid to be featured again on this version were Sara Dallin and Keren Woodward of Bananarama. This version topped the UK Singles Chart for three weeks, but ultimately achieved far less historical significance and status than its predecessor.

On Friday 1 December 1989, Bob Geldof called Pete Waterman to ask if he would consider producing a new version of the song featuring the big stars from that time. Waterman immediately cancelled his wedding (planned for that very day) and began calling up the artists. With just two days' notice, on Sunday 3 December, recording took place at PWL Studios in South London. Present in the studio was Bob Geldof, wife Paula Yates and six-year-old daughter, Fifi Trixiebelle, who was eager to meet Jason Donovan.

Production continued through the Monday, and by Tuesday 5 December the song was aired for the first time on London's Capital Radio. Advance sales of the record reached 500,000 and a number-one was inevitable. The song was released the following week on 11 December and spent three weeks at number one, becoming the 9th biggest selling song of the year, outselling Madonna's "Like a Prayer".

The line up for the Band Aid II project consisted of (in alphabetical order):

Big Fun
Cathy Dennis
D Mob
Jason Donovan
Kevin Godley
Glen Goldsmith
Rolf Harris
Kylie Minogue
The Pasadenas
Marti Pellow
Chris Rea
Cliff Richard
Jimmy Somerville
Lisa Stansfield
Wet Wet Wet

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single Version

Link removed by request from PWL Recordings

Band Aid II - Do They Know It's Christmas - Video

1 comment:

  1. The utter wretchedness of this version further illustrates the beauty of the first, and also underscores the dearth of good music from the late '80's as opposed to the first half of the decade. Bros and Wet Wet Wet? I'll take Duran and Spandau any day of the year.