Band Aid hero says tactics were cold
Cambuslang’s Midge Ure reckons the way he got Band Aid to the Christmas number one slot in 1984 was “cold and calculating.”
The 61- year- old rocker co-wrote and produced the charity single “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”, which has gone on to sell 3.7 million copies in the UK.
In an interview with Reader’s Digest, he said he and Bob Geldolf plotted when they released the single to raise the maximum amount of money.
He said: “I remember deciding that, if we could have a Christmas number one, then we could possibly generate £100,000.
“If we could use the talents and kudos of our friends to get it to number one in the charts before Christmas - the charts freeze over Christmas/ New Year period - that would generate more money than at any other time of the year.
“So it was a cold and calculating thing we did.”
Midge later went on to co- organise the Live Aid concert at Wembley Stadium in 1985.
The former Rutherglen Academy pupil found fame with the ban Ultravox, whose single ‘ Vienna’ peaked at number two in the charts.