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Posted: 28 Nov 04, 16:14 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Freddie an Michael who co-wrote this sing were friends, Bob Geldof who organized Live Aid was also involved.. so why not Freddie? I think this topic is old-school but i always wondered about that...


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Posted: 28 Nov 04, 16:16 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

It surly is sad, but as far as I remember they were busy in a different vorner of the world during the recordings for that song...

Hasn't Brian written about it in his Soapbox a couple of days ago?


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Posted: 28 Nov 04, 16:45 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

"We Are The World" was the American contribution. Queen were not invited to be part of the English song "Do They Know It's Christmas.." which was recorded only a few weeks after Queen broke the UN boycott and performed in South Africa. Why they were not invited is everybody's guess but they were definitely not on tour at the time.


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Posted: 28 Nov 04, 16:49 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Well, I think "We Are The World" was a song sang by American artists and "Do They Know It's Christmas Time" by Brits. So I don't see why Freddie should have been involved in "We Are The World". The question is why wasn't Queen involved in "Do They...", but it's been discussed on this forum before...


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Posted: 28 Nov 04, 16:50 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Sorry YourValentine, you were faster. :-)


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Posted: 28 Nov 04, 17:09 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I think We Are The World was written by Lionel Richie and Michael Jackson, not Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson as I think the thread poster wrote.

Queen were possibly too busy dodging the fallout from deciding to play Sun City at the time.

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Posted: 28 Nov 04, 18:07 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

What the poster meant is that Freddie and the co-writer were friends. Freddie and Michael Jackson (who co-wrote WATW)...


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Posted: 28 Nov 04, 18:18 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Right... it was the Christmas song... Sorry, I messed those up...


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Posted: 09 Dec 04, 06:07 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

We Are The World was sh*t. Worst charity song ever and the U.K song was far, far superior. I've already said why Queen weren't invited in a previous topic about why Queen weren't in Band Aid. It's just like Americans to sing "We Are The World". They might be the richest country in the world, but they can't even look past a man in a frock.


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Posted: 09 Dec 04, 06:39 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Yeh it's crap! Very American, very Michael. I like MJ's songs, not all but most of em. This is just too pretentious for me. Do They Know is the limit i think, good lyrics, nice tune and great voices. Heal The World is a rip off. And i don't think Bob Geldof woz involved.


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Posted: 09 Dec 04, 12:12 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I've never heard this. Do you know where I can get hold of it?

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Posted: 09 Dec 04, 12:23 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

If We are the World was pretentious as a song for charity, what are your opinions of We are the Champions?

I don't think either song was meant to be very complex.
They're just supposed to be catchy so it would stick in your mind.
Neither one did a bad job of that.


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Posted: 09 Dec 04, 12:49 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

like he'd pick someone from Devon LOL
that's almost as funny as the son og god coming from nazareth (the place not the band) - oh fuck !! he did


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Posted: 09 Dec 04, 13:30 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

No, no - but good point.
Those were two separate ideas.
The first about the comments earlier in the thread.
The second is my opinion as to why the charity songs aren't the most "interresting" songs.
A comparrison between the actual music (with WATC) was never intended. "We", for the most part, in both songs (Champs and World) is meant to be everyone in the world - at least that's the impression I got.


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Posted: 09 Dec 04, 15:00 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Lord Blackadder wrote:

We Are The World was sh*t. Worst charity song ever and the U.K song was far, far superior. I've already said why Queen weren't invited in a previous topic about why Queen weren't in Band Aid. It's just like Americans to sing "We Are The World". They might be the richest country in the world, but they can't even look past a man in a frock.


EXACTLY!! They can accept Britney Spears but not Queen...sad state of affairs, isn't it?

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Posted: 09 Dec 04, 21:52 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

it was an american thing


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Posted: 10 Dec 04, 00:02 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Ohh please people

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Posted: 10 Dec 04, 00:22 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I don't think snakes can sing.

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