Band Aid hero says tac­tics were cold

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Staff re­porter

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.

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