A Guilty Song: ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’ – Band Aid

This entry is part 29 of 29 in the series 30 days, 30 songs

To be fair, “Do They Know It’s Christmas” isn’t really a Christmas song, even though it’s played ad nauseum on pop stations during the holiday season. When I hear it, I don’t think of Christmas. I think of Band Aid, Bob Geldof, Midge Ure, and starving children in Africa. The premise of the song, which …

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‘Love . . . Thy Will Be Done’ – Prince

Some of you may have heard Martika’s song “Love . . . Thy Will Be Done.” Many of you probably don’t know that Prince wrote it and gave it to Martika to record. The song reached #10 on Billboard’s Hot 100. Recently, I got to hear Prince’s version of this song. Martika did little to …

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Review: ‘Purple Rain,’ Deluxe Edition

“Purple Rain” was one of those seminal albums of the 1980s – records you stood in line for, expected something special, and was not disappointed. I can count on one hand the number of times that has happened – with Prince’s “Around the World in a Day” (“Raspberry Beret” saved the album), U2’s “The Joshua …

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