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 It is out-of-date, and no longer relevant.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."