The Band Aid 20 Video

by | Nov 18, 2004 | All, Reviews

What’s it all about?

The new video to accompany this year’s Christmas number one.

What to say if you liked it

The most radiant stars in the glittering firmament of British music congregate to perform a song of hope and optimism for the sufferers in Sudan.

What to say if you didn’t like it

The ephemeral charcoal embers of the long extinguished bonfire of British music wander through a music studio instilling the room only with their cold vacuity.

What was good about it?

• Thom Yorke smashing his piano keys with the enthusiasm of a little boy playing with his new Christmas toy.

• The Darkness adding some much needed charisma.

• Plenty of entries to join Glenn Gregory in the Band Aid Hall of Anonymity in the coming years, in fact, some were so nondescript we struggled to recognise some of them today (who was that blonde girl who loiked a bit like Posh Spice?).

• Bono looking like a soap actor hurriedly called in from playing a pirate in drag from the local pantomime.

• Tom from Keane resembling a schoolboy rushing through his line on his way to being late for class.

• Chris Martin looking as though he was being interrupted while he indulged in his daily deep think.

What was bad about it?

• The forced sorrow on the collective faces when Sergeant Major Bob Geldof made them watch footage of starving Africans. Of course the pictures are upsetting but everybody has seen such film hundreds of times and has become largely inured to it, while still retaining a sense of its tragedy.

• Sugababes proving that three people really did sing their line and it wasn’t a faint echo that has been reverberating around the studio for 20 years.

• It was too similar to 20 years ago with too many musicians playing instruments that were undetectable on the record – stand up Paul McCartney, Thom Yorke and everyone with a maraca.

• Midge Ure and Bono hugging to exemplify it was a day when singers from faded 80s synth bands and world megastars were part of an egalitarian altruism.

Luke Knowles

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