Thursday, December 9, 2010

My ears are bleeding.

Do They Know Its Christmas must be banned from airplay. 

A couple of weeks ago, I told you how much I loathed the song Do They Know Its Christmas.  I was initially a little embarrassed to do so, thinking that others would say it was a beautiful song that raised millions in aid for starving children in Africa.  But, instead, there are many people who agree with me

This song is patronizing and stereotypical.  It is out-of-date, and no longer relevant.  It does not represent the modern issues of Africa, or even modern Christian values.  It is NOT a traditional Christmas song.  It is an 80s pop song that raised some charity money -- in the 80s.

I am now vindicated.  This is not only an excruciatingly horrible Christmas song, it is one of the worst songs ever written. The songwriter of this abomination -- Bob Geldof -- says so!  Geldof in a recent interview:
"I am responsible for two of the worst songs in history," he said. [The other is We Are The World!]

"Any day soon, I will go to the supermarket, head to the meat counter and it will be playing. Every f ... ing Christmas."
There's no escape from the song at his London home. Local carollers include it in their repertoire alongside the traditional O Come All Ye Faithful and Silent Night.

"They think Do They Know It's Christmas is as old as Silent Night. Sometimes I think that's wild because I wrote it," Geldof said.
"Or else I am thinking how much I want them to stop because they are doing it really badly."
Ok, Christmas-song-playing-radio stations:  You have been warned!  No more!

This post was prompted by Mama Kat's writing prompt "Excruciating."

Mama's Losin' It


Amber Page Writes said...

I. Hate. That. Song. Also on the "needs to be banned" list? Blue Christmas by Elvis. And Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer.

Both ditties make me want to stab things.

Allison @ Alli 'n Son said...

Honestly, there are so many Christmas songs that I can't stand. You are not alone.

I'm Jennifer. said...

Stopping by from Mama Kat's. Excellent use of the Excruciating prompt! And I find it very interesting that Geldof doesn't even like the song. Now I won't feel bad turning off the radio next time it comes on!

The Nice One said...

who knew!

Steph, from Be Positive Mom said...

That is pretty funny he is now quoted as loathing his own music! Well, at the very least, hopefully some donations were used to help people in need... (I hope!)

Sadako said...

Wow. That's pretty awesome that he's at least self aware enough to know it. :D

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