The Boomtown Rats frontman introduced collectively the most important names in music for recordings of the charity single in 1984, 1989, 2004 and 2014 to elevate cash for these going through famine in Ethiopia, and in addition organised an enormous dual-venue profit present in 1985, which featured performances from the likes of Queen, David Bowie and Madonna, and was later repeated in 2005.
And the musician and activist – who penned the track with Midge Ure – has insisted he has no time for folks who imagine it is insulting to Africans.
He fumed to the Daily Star newspaper: “I couldn’t give a f*** – it’s nonsense.
“I work day-after-day on Band Aid, so go f*** your self!
“Criticise ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’ as a sh** pop song or whatever.
“But saying traces like: ‘There will not be snow in Africa this Christmas time’, aren’t proper?
“Well there won’t be snow in Antarctic or Africa this Christmas – Extinction Rebellion will tell you that, so spare me.
“That track has entered the tradition, together with the carols.”
The ‘I Don’t Like Monday’s’ hitmaker also gave his thoughts on today’s pop stars and admitted that the focus these days is on “craft” and “capability”, whilst he joked he’s only got “angle” to offer.
He said: “I miss pop that has concepts.
” I want to bang my head at how brilliant a hook each line of an Ed Sheeran song has.
“Oh my God. I wish I could write songs as well as George Ezra and I wish I had a voice that good.
“Pop lately is all about craft, expertise and skill.
“As I have none of those things, I have to go with attitude.”
Despite the cash and consciousness raised for these going through famine in Ethiopia – and the raft of big stars lending their skills over time – Geldof beforehand insisted it isn’t a supply of private pleasure.
He defined: “It’s just life you know. It’s just tiring, I’m tired. It’s really crap having to ring people up and they’re going, ‘for f***’s sake it’s Geldof’.
“And I do not thoughts when folks say no, there is not any stress, actually no stress. At a sure level it will get to the purpose the place should you’re out, then you definately’re not occurring.”