Bob Geldof said his iconic Band Aid was 's***, but it'll do'
Bob Geldof said his iconic Band Aid was ‘s***, but it’ll do’ when he first heard it, Boomtown Rats frontman Midge Ure, 71, claims
- Midge Ure said Bob Geldof was not complimentary about the Band Aid hit
- The Boomtown Rats frontman first heard the charity single on a toy keyboard
It is an iconic song that has graced the world’s airwaves for almost 40 years.
But now Midge Ure has revealed Bob Geldof’s first reaction on hearing the melody to Band Aid’s Do They Know It’s Christmas? was less than complimentary.
Ure, who co-wrote the charity single, said the singer claimed ‘It’s s***, but it’ll do’, when he played him the tune on a toy keyboard.
The Boomtown Rats frontman, now 71, also told Ure he thought it sounded like the theme tune to the 1960s British police TV drama Z-Cars.
Ure, 69, said the pair then went to work on the track that has gone on to raise more than £200million to help fight famine in Africa since its release in 1984.
The Ultravox singer, originally of Cambuslang, near Glasgow, told the How to be 60 podcast they had thought of ‘ridiculous’ ways to come up with money but settled on making music.
He added: ‘We spent two hours trying to think of ridiculous ways of trying to raise some money then finally succumbing to the fact we were rubbish at everything except maybe writing a song.
Midge Ure has revealed Bob Geldof’s first reaction on hearing the melody to Band Aid’s Do They Know It’s Christmas? was less that complimentary
‘We [thought] if we wrote a Christmas song and got all of our friends involved, we could raise £100,000.
‘Then luckily I had just finished building my studio and sent Bob and cassette of this little thing I did on a toy keyboard. He said ‘it’s s***, it sounds like Z-Cars, but it’ll do’.
‘Then he came over to mine with a right-handed guitar upside down because he’s left-handed, hardly any strings on it, and started singing.
‘I said ‘OK, just leave me’, I recorded them on a cassette.. and I spent four days playing all the instruments and doing the arrangement for the song while he bludgeoned all our friends to come along and had a strength in name and fan base which was incredibly important.
‘Then of course the whole thing went mad.’
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