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Band Aid – Do They Know It’s Christmas? (Japan 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on December 17th, 2012


A. Front


Do They Know It’s Christmas?” is a song written by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure in 1984 to raise money for relief of the 1983–1985 famine in Ethiopia. The original version was produced by Midge Ure and released by Band Aid on 29 November 1984.

In October 1984, a BBC report by Michael Buerk was aired in the UK, which highlighted the famine that had hit the people of Ethiopia. Irish singer Bob Geldof saw the report and wanted to raise money. He called Midge Ure from Ultravox and together they quickly co-wrote the song, “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”.

Geldof kept a November appointment with BBC Radio 1 DJ Richard Skinner to appear on his show, but instead of discussing his new album (the original reason for his booking), he used his airtime to publicise the idea for the charity single, so by the time the musicians were recruited there was intense media interest in the subject. Geldof put together a group called Band Aid, consisting of leading British and Irish musicians who were among the most popular of the era. On 25 November 1984, the song was recorded at Sarm West Studios in Notting Hill, London, and was released four days later.

The 1984 original became the biggest selling single in UK Singles Chart history, selling a million copies in the first week alone. It stayed at Number 1 for five weeks, becoming Christmas number one, and has sold 3.69 million copies domestically. It remained the highest selling single in UK chart history until 1997, when Elton John’s “Candle in the Wind 1997” was released in tribute to the late Diana, Princess of Wales, which sold almost 5 million copies in Britain. Worldwide, the single had sold 11.8 million copies by 1989.

Following the release of “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” in December 1984 and record sales in aid of famine relief, Geldof then set his sights on staging a huge concert, 1985’s Live Aid, to raise further funds.

The song was re-recorded in 1989 by Band Aid II and in 2004 by Band Aid 20, again raising funds for famine relief. The 2004 version of the song sold 1.16 million copies.

Do They Know It’s Christmas? (12″ Mix) 6:16
Remix – Trevor Horn

Do They Know It’s Christmas? (Standard Mix) 3:54
Feed The World 4:19

Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint


Year Single Chart Position
1984 Do They Know It’s Christmas? U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #13
1984 Do They Know It’s Christmas? U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks #32


Label: Phonogram – FEED 112
Format: Vinyl, 12″
Country: Japan
Released: 1984
Genre: Electronic, Pop
Style: Synth-pop
Credits: Engineer – Steve Lipsom*
Producer – Midge UreTrevor Horn
Written-By – Geldof*, Ure*

Original 1984 FEED112 UK 3-track 12″ vinyl single exported to Japan, featuring the Trevor Horn Remix, Standard Mix and Feed The World, picture sleeve with obi-sticker FEED112

Note: The OBI-sticker is known to be positioned both at the top right corner and the low right corner

Many thanks to all the fine artists who kindly donated their time and effort in the making of this record.
All proceeds of this record are to assist famine relief in Ethiopia, this includes merchandise, sales, publishing & performance contributions.
Many thanks for the aid in manufacturing this record go to: Graphic Origination, Peter Blake, Torchlight, Robert Stace.

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Artwork scanned at 600dpi

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19 Responses to “Band Aid – Do They Know It’s Christmas? (Japan 12″)”

  1. Drake Says:

    Many Thanks!
    I can feel the cristmas spirit!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Merry Christmas Drake!


  2. Jermajesty Says:

    Here’s to you, raise a glass for everyone.

    I’m sure I read/saw a doco somewhere saying that the opening chimes of the 7″ version were slowed down samples from a Bronski Beat single, however I can’t find a scrap of evidence about it online.

    Anyone else heard this?


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Never heard that before.


    ric Reply:

    Never heard that too. And speaking of Bronski…they were surprisingly left out, as were Depeche Mode, Nik Kerhsaw, Howard Jones, Sade and Alison Moyet who were all tops in 1984!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    But at least Howard Jones, Nik Kershaw, Alison Moyet and Sade did appear on Live Aid.


    Goodguy Reply:

    Actually, Jimmy Somerville did make it on Band Aid II, along with other PWL artists.


    Rob Reply:

    Yeah I don’t know who was officially invited to show up and who declined. I think Tears For Fears were invited but didn’t do it but later re-recorded “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” for “Everybody Wants To Run The World” and gave the proceeds to the Band Aid trust (I think.)


    Mark Reply:

    The intro sample is not Bronski Beat but is in fact “The Hurting” by Tears For Fears.


  3. Stefano Says:

    A few years ago the BBC produced an excellent and fascinating documentary, telling the story of the day that music rocked the world. Bob Geldof recalls how, after 12 weeks of manic preparation, the big day finally arrived. But would it work, would the punters watch, and more importantly would they part with their cash? Bob Geldof and his team recall their fear of how the whole thing might fall apart at any minute. Stars from the day itself – Elton John, Queen, Paul McCartney, David Bowie, U2 and a whole host of others – remember walking out to face a crowd of 72,000 and a global audience of billions. And those who watched it at home, including Tony Blair, JK Rowling and Helen Fielding, recall how they didn’t miss aminute of this extraordinary event.

    For those not able to receive the BBC, luckily the documentary is available on Youtube (in several parts). Search for Live Aid: Rockin” All Over The World. Fascinating story, very funny comments told by some celebs, but most important: Geldof is telling in his own words why Band Aid is still needed. Watch it!


  4. Jermajesty Says:

    My mistake – it was Tears For Fears they sampled. (The Hurting)


  5. omar Says:

    I always liked the 12″ mix


  6. ric Says:

    A very fitting tribute, Paul!
    Very Lovely!
    Chart-wise, I would still prefer Do They Know It’s Christmas to be UK Biggest selling single ever.
    Also, Band Aid 2’s version was decent enough (but no 12″ version!!!) but alas, the Band Aid 20 version…simply better best forgotten!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Ric 🙂


  7. Goodguy Says:

    Hi Paul!

    I know these tracks are included on the “Band Aid Special” CD you posted, but not all will want that whole disc, so thanks for the original release too. 🙂

    I do hope you’re still angling for a copy of Band Aid II’s version. I haven’t heard that version in yearrrrrs.

    Thanks and happy holidays!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome and Happy Holidays Goodguy 🙂


  8. Ianbucko Says:

    …speaking of the Band Aid Special CD…any plans to repost it for the festive season Paul?


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Happy Holidays Ianbucko. Sorry don’t have any plans to post it this year. Maybe next year 🙂


  9. Christian Says:

    Thanks, Paul! This song is in my Top 10 of All Time. Listening to it this year, I realize what a male-dominated event this was; not even one female solo.


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