Episode 65: Do They Know It’s Christmas Time

/ April 9, 2019/ Barenaked ABCs/ 0 comments

We must live in the South Africa, because it is getting warmer, but it is Christmas time again.  I’m not really sure how this works or why it keeps happening.  I mean, I know life goes faster as you age, but this is getting ridiculous.  Well, anyway, this week our “supergroup” discusses the BNL cover of the 80’s original supergroup. Do we spread the love or Hater-Aid?  

Live video version (don’t be fooled… it says “Christmastime” but it is the right video)   

Bryant Park New York Christmas tree lighting 

Jason Lee’s skate song in Video Days 


Kevin on Gord Downie’s The Secret Path 


Finding Chloe podcast:  


Ok… here is the list of every cover of this song I could find.  Enjoy! 


“Do They Know It’s Christmas?” was re-recorded three times: in  

1989: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wMOl9PNKbyE 

2004: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=amDcb7yjL94 

2014: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-w7jyVHocTk 

Air Supply (2009)  – THEY’RE BACK!  And yes, it is Air Supply as we know them.  And this is glorious.     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n6Jn4Tmir3M 

Badly Drawn Boy (2010) – slow, intimate, and acoustic.  Done for AV Undercover  

Barenaked Ladies  (2004) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOfrXJu8XSw 

Bouncing Souls and Weston (1994) – african drums with heavy metal and punk (WHAT?!)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uggdaiuQyJE&feature=youtu.be  

Dance Aid  (1994)   really fast techno   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oyVzSrLozTM&feature=youtu.be  

De Toppers (2006)  – Ok… imagine that George Michael wanted to be cheesy on purpose and made a video to go with it filmed at Disney in Santa business suits.  it is well sung but oh my!  https://youtu.be/sZ5-bYrPJ6k  

Echoing Green (1999) –  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wsyen2xoorM     Wonder what it would sound like with new age-y music in background and a “not quite Donny Ozmond”, waiting for a nice massage, but then want to turn it techno and dance on that massage table… that’s what you get here.  

Erika Scherlin (2013) Calypso Lounge  https://www.whosampled.com/cover/523194/Erika-Scherlin-Do-They-Know-It%27s-Christmas%3F-Band-Aid-Do-They-Know-It%27s-Christmas%3F/ 

Far & Chino Moreno (1997) –  I don’t like this… badly sung and it was a slow punk version https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mka-bVLPPeA 

Fucked Up (2010) – Heavy metal but they seem to think that long long feedback is what makes something heavy metal   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jd4RFPPYxp8&feature=youtu.be  

The Genuine Solutions Group (2010) –  a not quite as good as the original attempt to raise money  

Glee Cast Version (2011) 

Howard Carpendale (2001) – It sounds like David Hasselhoff decided to cover this song.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1ep4tkBGBU 

Music Box Mania – just what you would expect (https://www.whosampled.com/cover/629425/Music-Box-Mania-Do-They-Know-It%27s-Christmas-Band-Aid-Do-They-Know-It%27s-Christmas%3F/  

Rainbow Trust Children’s Company (2010) – not bad but I would only buy it if I knew the group  

Richard Cheese Version (2006) 

Shirley Clamp (2004) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-xdpVq2ysQ   want to hear a disco-y techno-y aughts version?  

Slade (1985) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFpOqxf4dH4   (think Christmas-y Run Runaway)… it’s actually pretty cool 

Spitting Image – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DMjI_1FRYgI   

British satirical puppet show Spitting Image spoofs the Band Aid & USA For Africa singles, proclaiming their fear of Bob Geldof. 

Stunned Stylz (2001) – Electronica Dance remix… ugh   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-iAHE2Ix0o&feature=youtu.be 

Temperance (1995) – Happy Techno… think “Neverending Story 33 1/3” but played at 45. Then Destiny’s Child for bridge    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7wPaS8ceO8&feature=youtu.be 

TV Allstars (2003) a charity band consisting of singers from various German castingshows (Star Search, Popstars and Deutschland sucht den Superstar),  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GNcb3V6mOfE 

Winter Wonderland (1997) – Elves hopped up on cocaine and put to techno https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TGKXOqes9pM 

Parody: “Do They Know It’s Hallowe’en?“: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgux6aGzb3k 

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