Transcript of original Band Aid (1984) members wishing listeners a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year


Patrick’s digital copy of Do They Know It’s Christmas? (Feed The World) by Band Aid includes a spoken word intermission towards the end of the track in which the various celebrity participants greet listeners. Patrick has never come across another version of this song — physical, digital, video et al — carrying these messages. As a special Christmas treat, he has transcribed the 1984 messages of love and Yuletide cheer:

Okay, well this is Bono here, the singer with U2, wishing you a happy Christmas and a merry New Year, is that right?

Hello, this is Paul McCartney, sorry I can’t be with you, ha ha ha…

Hi, this is Simon from Duran Duran and I’d like to say— I’d like to wish you a happy Christmas.

I’m Paul Weller from the Style Council and I wish you all a happy Christmas.

Hello this is Midge Ure from Ultravox, I’d forgotten there were so many other groups here today. Just have a good Christmas and enjoy yourself.

Hello, hello, this is Paul McCartney, feed the world, hello, this is Paul McCartney, hello, this is Paul McCartney, feed the world, sorry I can’t be with you…

This is Jonathan from Culture Club saying feed the world, there are 11 million people starving in one country, doesn’t it make you think?

This is Holly Johnson from Frankie Goes To Hollywood. Feed the world. Ha ha ha ha ha.

Hello, this is Gary Kemp from Spandau Ballet, happy Christmas everyone.

This is John Taylor from Duran Duran, happy Christmas everybody too.

Hello, I’m Siobhan, happy Christmas.

Hello, I’m Sarah from Bananarama, happy Christmas.

And from me too, Karen.

Hello, this is Glenn Gregory from Heaven 17 wishing everybody a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

Ahoy there this is Stu Adamson

This is Tony Butler

This is Mark Brzezicki

And this is Bruce Watson from Big Country. Feed the people. Stay alive.

This is Johnnie Fingers from The Boomtown Rats and I would like to wish everyone a happy Christmas.

This is David Bowie. It’s Christmas 1984 and there are more starving folk on our planet than ever before. Please give a thought for them this season and do whatever you can, however small, to help them live. Have a peaceful New Year.

This record was recorded on 25 November 1984. It’s now 8am on the morning of 26, we’ve been here 24 hours and I think it’s time we went home, so from me Bob Geldof and Midge we say good morning to you all and a million thanks to everyone on the record. Have a lovely Christmas. Bye.

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