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Bob Geldof: Do they know it’s awful?

By | Published on Tuesday 30 November 2010

Bob Geldof has admitted responsibility for two of “the worst songs in history”. It’s alright, you can stop trying to remember the name of more than one Boomtown Rats song, he reckons that his contribution to the world of charity singles, ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’, and its American spin-off ‘We Are The World’, are a horrible bloody racket.

Geldof told Australia’s The Daily Telegraph, Geldof said: “I am responsible for two of the worst songs in history. One is ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’, the other one 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 fucking Christmas”.

He added that he can’t even escape the Band Aid single by refusing to leave the house, as carol singers turn up and perform it outside his front door: “They think ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’ is as old as ‘Silent Night’. Sometimes I think that’s wild because I wrote it. Or else I am thinking how much I want them to stop because they are doing it really badly”.