Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Live Aid: Well Fed on '80s Nostalgia

Wanna feel old? Live Aid was 25 years ago today. About 1.4 billion watched Bob Geldof's gift to the people of Ethiopia, and I was glued to to the whole thing. It may be best remembered for reuniting the surviving members of Led Zeppelin, the Who and Black Sabbath. An argument can also be made that an up-and-coming band named U2 stole the show and became a global phenomenon. Some will recall Phil Collins (with help from the Concorde) playing in front of 74,000 at Wembley in London and 90,000 at JFK Stadium in Philly. Mrs. Linear Tracking Lives! points to Madonna telling the world she "ain't taking sh*t off today" (nude photos of her had just appeared in Penthouse). Nearly everyone remembers Simon LeBon's voice cracking during Duran Duran's "A View To A Kill." Paul McCartney's all-star jam of "Hey Jude" was certainly a highlight.

My favorite moment was David Bowie performing "Heroes." With the possible exception of Elvis Costello, Bowie was my favorite artist at the time. You can find all of these performances online rather easily. Instead of celebrating the moments we all remember, let's look at some of Live Aid's forgotten scenes. Most of these are bands of that moment, July, 13, 1985. They don't stand the test of time, and that's precisely why I love them. What one band from the Live Aid lineup didn't belong with the likes of McCartney and Bowie? I'm voting for the Hooters, but you might choose from the videos below.

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