Talk:Band Aid (band)

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Roger Taylor[edit]

I see there's a bit of disagreement about which Roger Taylor played on the record. I'm no fan of chode chugger chode Duran Duran, but the discography at the Queen drummer's website here looks pretty comprehensive to me (it includes, for example, "Billy Squier Emotions In Motion. B[acking] v[ocals]'s on title track. 1982"), and it doesn't mention Band Aid. It looks like it was Duran Duran's Roger Taylor to me. --Camembert

Yeah... I've got the Do They Know It's Christmas 12" on my lap, with a big photo of everyone, and one of those outline maps telling you who everyone is. Seriously... It's the Duran Duran fella. Mintguy's looking at the wrong bloke. -Nommo
Yeah. I was looking at a picture of the guy from Heaven 17 on a bad quality group photo. Humble apologies. Sorry for the mistake. Mintguy 14:50 Apr 19, 2003 (UTC)

true said: I have no idea how to edit the chart-thing up there, but everything after Bono's "Well tonight..." is obviously pulled out of someones ***. This is the original version I'm talking about. Please.

Well, I don't know. The list of who sings what in the 1984 line-up looks fine to me. You should have a look at the video. The guys singing after Bono perfectly look like the Status Quo or Style Council or Heaven 17 blokes to me. Or are you referring to someone else? --DoubleDee

Band Aid 20 participants[edit]

The list presented here is huge - surely not all of those participants were there? violet/riga (t) 17:41, 18 Nov 2004 (UTC)

I have the group phot from the day in front of me. Bono, Dido, Robbie, Paul McCartney etc are absent, but everyone else is there, plus a few not on the list (presumably they do appear on the record in some capacity) Dtcdthingy 09:36, 6 Dec 2004 (UTC)

Hey guys! I need your help here: I'm trying to spot all of the participants to the original band aid, not only those who actually sang (I guess the list is complete), but those who left a message in the 12" version... can you help me??? Thanks, Elli

[Copyvio removed]

Hope this helps. Yves Revi 22:04, 26 December 2006 (UTC)


This should be merged with the article for the single - since the band only has one single, the two are pretty much inseparable concepts. Phil Sandifer 20:19, 12 November 2005 (UTC)

Appeal for Brits and for Live Aid/Band Aid supporters[edit]

Please contribute to Claire Bertschinger article and support its removal from the deletion list.--Luci_Sandor (talkcontribsFlag of Europe.svg Flag of New Jersey.svg 21:15, 9 January 2006 (UTC)


From the article:

The name "Band Aid" was chosen because it had a double meaning. ...such a gesture is like putting a BAND-AID (a brand of sticking plaster/adhesive bandage) on a gaping wound...

This is accurate and verifiable, in the sense that members of Band Aid said something like this? I ask because it is my understanding that the word Band-Aid, (as a genericized trademark), isn't used outside of American English. Savatar 04:34, 4 June 2006 (UTC)

Yes, I was wondering about this as well, I'm English, and ... well ... the phrase "band aid" is simply not used here. The term over here is "plaster" so... yeah.

I'm going to delete that bit. People can add it again if they have any link to verify this, I'm going to assume it's not true though, seeing as the term is not used this side of the Atlantic. LupusCanis 10:09, 9 June 2006 (UTC)

Eh? Band-Aid is a leading brand of sticking plaster in the UK, and was in 1984 as well. And Geldof mentioned in his autobiography that he seized on the name when someone suggested it because he liked the pun. - (talk) 10:42, 23 January 2008 (UTC)
Whilst Band-Aid is indeed a brand of plaster here in the UK in my experience noöne uses it as a generic name in the way that we do, for instance, Hoover. Personally I never associate Band Aid with a plaster but a top 80's Christmas tune ;-) -- (talk) 21:43, 4 November 2008 (UTC)

Is a citation needed? I believe so, as someone who bought the single at the time of release I had never heard of the brand of sticking plasters, and neither the Band-aid wikipedia page nor the band-aid corporate website make no mention of the product being sold in the UK. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:29, 6 April 2012 (UTC)


In the 1984 version, after the line "The greatest gift they'll get this year is life," there is an "Ohhhhhhhh" sung by somebody, and it is a real standout moment for the song. Who hit that lyric? 23:29, 2 March 2007 (UTC)

The "oooh" in question sounds, to me, to be very clearly Boy George although I am happy to be corrected. -- (talk) 21:39, 4 November 2008 (UTC)

In the second version, I'm sure that the first phrase of 'There's a world outside your window, and it's a world of dread and fear' is sung by Marti Pellow. If someone could double check we should change it to "Marti Pellow/Jason Donovan". — Preceding unsigned comment added by Codegenerator (talkcontribs) 01:59, 16 November 2011 (UTC)


Since I last looked at this article the language has become more casual and chatty. It's more style than substance: e.g. the exchange between Bone and Damon Albarn - are these actual citable quotes? I won't edit unless there is some agreement here. Btljs 08:55, 26 July 2006 (UTC)

The following discussion is an archived debate of the proposal. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on the talk page. No further edits should be made to this section.

The result of the debate was NO CONSENSUS TO MOVE PAGE per discussion below. -GTBacchus(talk) 01:20, 14 November 2006 (UTC)

Requested move[edit]

Band Aid (band)Band Aid — Primary meaning to replace disambiguation page. Since there is only one other meaning, BAND-AID, having a top disambiguation link would be enough.  VodkaJazz / talk  00:59, 8 November 2006 (UTC)


Add  * '''Support'''  or  * '''Oppose'''  on a new line followed by a brief explanation, then sign your opinion using ~~~~.
  • Oppose - Likewise, a disambiguation link should be enough for Band Aid, as Band-Aid really has a much more common usage. --Wirbelwindヴィルヴェルヴィント (talk) 01:11, 8 November 2006 (UTC)
  • Oppose - I see no compelling reason for changing this. Many unambiguous pages have parenthisised specifiers in their names. I think this is a good thing. Chovain 01:13, 8 November 2006 (UTC)
  • Oppose - Band Aid should probably redirect to the article about the bandage brand, but being the dab page is fine. Being the band is not. Also, while many unambiguous pages do have parenthesised specifiers, that's too bad and should be fixed. But this isn't about that, because Band Aid is not unambiguous. --Serge 20:58, 8 November 2006 (UTC)
  • Opppose - as above. -- Beardo 07:13, 11 November 2006 (UTC)


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Bitter sting of tears[edit]

I've been in a slight edit war with (talk · contribs · WHOIS) - he claims that I work with Bob Geldof and have the original lyrics, and thus changes bitter sting of tears to bitter stream of tears. Now, every lyric site on the net I have ever seen agrees with me on this one, and claims that he shouldn't need to cite a reliable published source. It might be just rolling, but I'm up to three reverts, so figured someone else should take a look. mattbuck (talk) 11:11, 8 December 2007 (UTC)

Artist not mention in article but on record[edit]

I have the 7inch original record and artists like Annie Lennox are mention there but not in the article. Why? because she i obviously mentioned on the back of the record case. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 09:51, 27 January 2009 (UTC)

Bias against Band Aid II version[edit]

I've noticed that a lot of self-styled commentators have a poor view of Band Aid II's version, but that a lot of ordinary people quite like it. I think it would be best if people kept their personal opinions about that version out of articles like this.

The second version is brilliant, nice and poppy. BTW, if Roger Taylor was in it, doesn't that put him alongside Banararama in being someone who appeared in both the first and seocnd versions?? I havn't spotted him in the second video because the drums were played by Luke Goss off Bros (at the time). Fuquit (talk) 12:12, 13 December 2008 (UTC)

Possible copyvio[edit]

Isn't this song copyrighted? If it is - which I'm sure it will be - doesn't that make the Band Aid (band)#Who sings what on each version section a copyright violation? I'm probably wrong, but just in case... Dendodge TalkContribs 20:06, 20 December 2008 (UTC)

Since no-one's responded yet, I'm removing the section pending discussion. The last thing Wikipedia wants is a copyright violation - especially one which the community has failed to address. Dendodge TalkContribs 13:44, 1 January 2009 (UTC)
I suggest that instead of showing the lyrics with the singer next to each line, we just show the order as to who is singing in each version. This way, if someone is listening to the recording and following the ordered list, they should be able to figure out what lyric is being sung by each singer (hopefully, the listener will be able to recognize at least some of the performers to help guide them through the list). For example, the list for the original 1984 recording would look like this:
  1. Paul Young
  2. Boy George
  3. George Michael
  4. George Michael/Simon Le Bon
  5. Simon Le Bon/Sting
  6. Simon Le Bon/Sting/Tony Hadley
  7. Sting/Bono
  8. Bono

... and so on. Since the lyrics are not divided up the same way in each version, I would not recommend setting this up as a table. --Metropolitan90 (talk) 04:11, 25 January 2009 (UTC)

It seems to me that the information cannot be presented effectively without being a big copyvio, so it would seem best to just remove it altogether so it doesn't detract from people's understanding. -mattbuck (Talk) 13:16, 25 January 2009 (UTC)
This would constitute fair use, in my opinion. All the best: Rich Farmbrough, 00:12, 19 July 2015 (UTC).

Move Artical?[edit]

This artical should be moved to 'Band Aid' and the currant 'Band Aid' artical which is a disambiguation should be moved to Band Aid (disambiguation) Alexsau1991 (talk) 22:24, 11 March 2009 (UTC)

I'm really not sure about the self-rightousness sections claim of it being a boring song. It is one of (if not the) most popular christmas songs across the world. I think claims of it not being popular are absurd! —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:16, 16 December 2009 (UTC)

Today's revenues?[edit]

The 1984 version is still played each Christmas. What happens to today's revenue streams, are they still going to 3rd world projects? I think that would be an interesting topic to include in the article. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 06:02, 7 March 2011 (UTC)

Format & layout[edit]

There is no main image on the right hand side of the article meaning the article does not follow the standard layout of a Wikipedia article. It also has very little general information in the banner on the right hand side meaning it does not follow the standard layout of a Wikipedia article. The section titled ‘Background’ is very small and therefore is not of convenient length. The article needs many more images including one of the band itself. - Jonesolivia — Preceding unsigned comment added by Jonesolivia (talkcontribs) 05:21, 5 March 2014 (UTC)

Radi Aid[edit]

Would it make sense to put a reference about the parody "Radi Aid" in the criticism section? --Orangwiki (talk) 20:18, 10 November 2014 (UTC)

George Michael & Band Aid 20[edit]

I figured I post here before editing the article.

With the news of the imminent release of Band Aid 30 coupled with copy/paste journalism, I dug around for where the fact that George Michael sang on Band Aid 20 came from, when he's not credited anywhere as being on the single.

I think I've tracked down the source(s) of the problem:

"This edit" added him to a speculative list of participants.

"This edit" adds an accurate sentence about original recording participants.

"This edit" erroneously adds him to the sentence about original recording participants.

"This edit" accurately removes him from the list of participants, but fails to notice his addition in the sentence.

"This edit" possibly realising an issue changed "were the only artists asked back who leant their voices to the original Band Aid" to the more ambiguous "were the only artists from the original Band Aid who had been asked back to lend their voices to Band Aid 20".

Long standing revision needed? (talk) 00:40, 11 November 2014 (UTC)

Draft:Band Aid 30[edit]

I have decided to create an article for Band Aid 30 as there is one for Band Aid 20, so why not. Unfortunately, I'm not very good at this editing lark yet so it may take me some time to write it all up as I am quite slow still. If anyone can hlp editing it that would be great. I thought I may as well submit it now, because I'm guessing there is some sort of queueing process for this sort of thing. Anyway, here it is Draft:Band Aid 30. Hope you can all help.SuntannedTics (talk) 17:27, 11 November 2014 (UTC)

Linking to Band Aid 20 & 30[edit]

We seem to have two sections (Band Aid 20 & 30) with no content other than a note pointing the reader to the main article addressing the relevant incarnation. We also seem to have a single hat note pointing to 'Band Aid 30'. - To me the separate sections seem unnecessary and I think could be removed with an additional hat note added for 'Band aid 20' or alternatively a hat note to a disambiguation page, but that seems rather convoluted for 2 links to me. Thoughts? --wintonian talk 22:00, 16 November 2014 (UTC)

Thinking about it we could just get rid of the hat note and add some content to the the contentless sections. --wintonian talk 22:02, 16 November 2014 (UTC)

Semi protection[edit]

Would it be a good idea to semi-protect this page against the endless additions to Participants? Btljs (talk) 22:44, 22 January 2015 (UTC)

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