Belfast Telegraph

Kasabian: New Band Aid song please

Kasabian have hit out at Band Aid for "churning out" the same song again.

The rock quartet, who have kicked off a week-long residency at London's Brixton Academy, said Bob Geldof and Midge Ure's hit single, Do They Know It's Christmas?, is "wrong."

"They are getting it wrong. Just donate money, instead of churning over the same s*** again," frontman Tom Meighan told the Daily Star.

"Make another song, Band Aid happened in the 80s, it was a moment in time, don't keep going over it."

Band Aid 30, which took the No 1 spot before it was toppled by Take That's These Days, features stars like One Direction, Ellie Goulding, Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith. It comes a decade after Band Aid 20 in 2004, which included Sir Paul McCartney, The Darkness' Justin Hawkins, Daniel Bedingfield and Robbie Williams.

The track, with all proceeds going towards the fight against Ebola in West Africa, has been the year's fastest selling single, having scored the biggest one-week sales since The X Factor's James Arthur moved 489,000 copies of his winner's single Impossible in 2012.

Tom's bandmate Serge Pizzorno said: "Fair play to anyone trying to make a difference but I don't think lyrically it was the right sentiment for the cause. I don't know much about Africa but in 30 years I imagine it's moved on."

Their criticism comes after Lily Allen and Emeli Sande both slammed the charity single.

Lily said she turned down the opportunity to record with Band Aid 30, telling the Mail on Sunday's Event magazine: "It's difficult to explain why I didn't do it without sounding like a complete ****. I prefer to do my charitable bit by donating actual money and not being lumped in with a bunch of people like that."

And Emeli, who was involved in the new song, tweeted: "I agree the lyric needs changing. In fact I feel a whole new song is required... I apologise if the lyrics of the song have caused offence. I wish the changes had been kept but that is out of my control."


From Belfast Telegraph