The Band Aid project originally came to life on November 25th 1984, when Do They Know It's Christmas? was recorded in London. Written by Geldof with Ultravox singer Midge Ure, the recording featured an damned impressive cross-section of the most successful British rock and pop acts of the time: Bananarama, Bob Geldof, Culture Club, Duran Duran, Eurythmics, Heaven 17,
The song was re-recorded in 1989 as Band Aid II and released with the original recording on the B-side. This time there was more of a Pete Waterman influence in the line-up: Kylie Minogue, Bananarama (again), Big Fun, Bros, Rick Astley, Cliff Richard, Cathy Dennis, Jason Donovan, Chris Rea, Cliff Richard, Wet Wet Wet, Lisa Stansfield and Sonia doing the honours.
And now I hear it's to be re-re-recorded for 2004 as Band Aid III. This time round featuring Coldplay, The Darkness, Keane, Noel Gallagher, Travis, Jamelia, Beverley Knight, Katie Melua, Damon Albarn and Dido. And Thom Yorke and Robbie Williams are maybes. A sure fire Christmas number one again obviously. And hopefully loads of money for famine relief.
But I gotta say this, where's Bananarama's invite this time round?!