I thought I’d post this a little earlier than Christmas Eve this year. There are many ways to help the hungry in every community and every corner of the world. But none are as easy as the links below.
Bob Geldof did a good thing when he got all his friends and colleagues together to record this song.
Sadly, it’s still relevant (although the hairstyles aren’t, thank goodness). There is still famine around the world. So take a minute out of your busy Christmas, and help feed the world. It won’t cost you a thing.
The Hunger Site
According to the interwebs, on this day in 1986, Queen Elizabeth II bestowed an honorary knighthood to Bob Geldof for his humanitarian works. He was a semi-successful musician banging around the fringes of popularity after his one hit with The Boomtown Rats, “I Don’t Like Mondays” (based on the first school shooting to get international attention). Then he went to Ethiopia and saw the devastation of poverty, drought, and starvation. And suddenly this Irish punk couldn’t just sit around and do nothing anymore. He probably called in every marker he had, got all his music business friends together, and recorded a song, “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”, with them under the moniker of Band Aid. The proceeds went to a charity intended to feed starving people. It’s tremendous success spawned a (hideous) American charity song, and the single most unbelievable concert ever. To this day, no one has managed anything quite as miraculous as what Geldof pulled off with Live Aid.
In honor of Geldof’s honor, I present this wonderfully sarcastic little ditty. I love his transformation from almost clean-cut to disheveled hobo in this. He looks a little like Jesus. Or Charlie Manson.
Geldof’s declaration of “I don’t care at all” should be taken about as seriously as Jonathan Swift’s modest proposal. (I feel it necessary to note here just how masterful the Irish are at combining humor, rage, and politics. Brilliant.) Of course he cares, and he wants to make sure everyone else cares. I don’t know if it’s still true, but I know for many years after Live Aid, Geldof continued working to end starvation in Africa. What I do know is that he is one of the best people in Rock & Roll ever. When his ex-wife Paula Yates died, he took custody of the daughter she had with the late Michael Hutchence and raised her with her sisters. He always puts his money where his mouth is. That’s a good man in my book.