" I WENT OUT WALKING THROUGH STREETS PAVED WITH GOLD " 
DO THEY KNOW IT'S CHRISTMAS?

Cover
 Release Date December 1984
 Artist Band Aid
 Record Label Columbia / Mercury Records
 Singles With U2 None
 Promotional Releases Available
 TRACKS FEATURING U2
Bono contributes vocals and Adam contributes bass to the song "Do They Know it's Christmas?".  Bono also contributes a Christmas message to the b-side, "Feed the World".
 TRACKLISTING (Click for Lyrics)
LINER NOTES
Do They Know it's Christmas (7" Version): Written by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure. Produced by Midge Ure and Trevor Horn.
Do They Know it's Christmas (12" Version): Written by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure. Produced by Midge Ure and Trevor Horn. Remixed by Trevor Horn. 
Feed the World: Written by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure. Produced by Midge Ure and Trevor Horn. 
One Year One (Feed the World): Written by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure. Produced by Midge Ure and Trevor Horn.
OTHER NOTES
It was November 25th, 1984 when a group of artists concerned about the starvation in Ethiopia joined together to form the Band Aid project. Bono and Adam Clayton joined with Band Aid to record this single, released weeks later, and going on to be a number one single in Europe that Christmas.

As the single states, "this record features the cream of pop music talent" and included both Bono and Adam Clayton along with the following: Phil Collins; Bob Geldof, Simon Crowe, Peter Briquette, Johnny Fingers (Boomtown Rats); Steve Norman, Tony Hadley, Martin Kemp, John Keeble, Gary Kemp (Spandau Ballet); Midge Ure, Chriss Cross (Ultravox); Paul Young; John Taylor, Simon Le Bon, Roger Taylor, Andy Taylor, Nick Rhodes (Duran Duran); Glenn Gregory, Martin Ware (Heaven 17); Marilyn; Jody Watley; Keren, Sarah, Siobhan (Bananarama); Paul Weller; Peter Blake; James Taylor; Robert Bell, Dennis Thomas (Kool and the Gang); George Michael (Wham); Francis Rossi, Rick Parfitt (Status Quo); David Bowie; Paul McCartney; Holly Johnson (Frankie Goes to Hollywood); Sting; Jon Moss, Boy George (Culture Club).

One song was recorded by the assembled musicians.  This song was Do They Know It's Christmas.  The b-side was the instrumental track of the main song, with wishes of holiday greetings from many of the participants, including Bono.

The song was released in December 1984 in both 7" and 12" vinyl formats.  In November of 1985 the song was re-released in many areas with a slightly different track listing.  Finally in 1992, the song was re-released again on CD in Japan.

RELATED RELEASES
  • A 20th anniversary recording of the song was done.  Bono was the only vocalist from the original version who appeared on vocals on this new version.  It was released as a single in 2004.
CATALOG INFORMATION
 7" VINYL:
 Canada Pressing, 38-04749
Label: Columbia Records
UPC: None
Package: Picture Sleeve
 Spain Pressing, VIC201
Label: Victoria / Phonogram  Records
UPC: None
Package: Picture Sleeve
Catalog Information:
Canada, Columbia, 38-04749 Spain, Victoria / Phonogram, VIC201
Germany, Mercury, 880 502-7 UK, Mercury, FEED1
Mexico, Mercury, MIX11457 USA, Columbia, 44-05157
Track Listing:
Do They Know it's Christmas (7" Version) / Feed the World
Further Information:
Black vinyl pressing.  Spanish and Mexican sleeve subtitled "Saben ellos que es Navidad?"
Other Images:
B Side of Canadian 7"
 7" PICTURE VINYL:
 UK Pressing, FEEDP1
Label: Mercury Records
UPC: None
Package: No sleeve
Catalog Information:
Australia, Philips / Polydor, 589 341-2 USA, Universal / Polydor, 314 589 341-2
Europe, Polydor, 589 341-2
Track Listing:
Do They Know it's Christmas (7" Version) / One Year On (Feed the World)
Further Information:
Other Images:
 12" VINYL:
 Germany Pressing, 880 502-1
Label: Mercury Records
UPC: None
Package: Picture Sleeve
Catalog Information:
Canada, Columbia, 12CXP-05157 Mexico, Mercury, MIX3074
France, Phonogram, 880 552-1 Spain, Victoria / Phonogram, B-20.653 (VIC208)
Germany, Mercury, 880 502-1 UK, Mercury, FEED112
Japan / UK, Mercury, FEED112 USA, Columbia, 44-05157
Track Listing:
Do They Know it's Christmas (12" Version) / Do They Know it's Christmas (7" Version) / Feed the World
Further Information:
The Japanese release was the domestic UK release with an OBI strip and a sticker on the sleeve.  The Japan release contained a lyrics insert. Spanish and Mexican 12" cover feature labelling in both English and Spanish ("Saben ellos que es Navidad?").
Other Images:
Label of UK 12" / Sleeve of UK 12" with Japanese release sticker

 Netherlands Pressing, 884 269-1
Label: Mercury Records
UPC: None
Package: Picture Sleeve
Catalog Information:
Netherlands, Mercury, 884 269-1
Track Listing:
Do They Know it's Christmas (12" Version) / One Year On (Feed the World)
Further Information:
Black vinyl in slightly different sleeve.
Other Images:
 3" CD:
 Japan Pressing, PHDR-902
Label: Mercury Records
UPC: None
Package: Slimline Jewel
Matrix
Catalog Information:
Japan, Mercury, PHDR-902
Track Listing:
Do They Know it's Christmas (12" Version) / Do They Know it's Christmas (7" Version)
Further Information:
Other Images:
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