Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Now It's Band Staid; Good Effort but Charity Single Is Basically a Retread of Original

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Now It's Band Staid; Good Effort but Charity Single Is Basically a Retread of Original

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Byline: PETE CLARK

TWENTY years on, the faces have changed but the sentiments are the same.

Instead of 1984's Band Aid line-up of Boy George, Phil Collins and various New Romantics, we have Dido, Ms Dynamite and Dizzee Rascal.

Today, just 48 hours after it was recorded, the new version of Do They Know It's Christmas?

had its first public airing after its stars fanned out to deliver it personally to radio stations.

A sure-fire No 1, it is guaranteed to raise millions of pounds for famine relief in the Sudan. But what is it like?

In the 2004 version, the arrival of the new stellar choir is heralded by a tasteful piano introduction. Coldplay's Chris Martin leads off in his undemonstrative way, before the song gathers momentum.

Robbie Williams joins in sounding uncannily like Elton John, Justin Hawkins of The Darkness displays that there's nothing like precise pronunciation, before Dizzee Rascal contributes the world's shortest and snappiest rap. …

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