Our Time to Be Afraid!
For years this was my favorite song. Not only because it features most of my favorite musicians (Arcade Fire, Beck, Devendra Banhart, Peaches, Sonic Youth, Karen O to name a few) but also because if you really listen to the lyrics, it is SO clever. Do They Know It’s Halloween is a satire of Band-Aid’s Do They Know It’s Christmas back from a million years ago (video can be seen here). “According to the official press release, the song ‘stems from a frustration with other benefit songs’ misguided, somewhat patronizing attitude, and Western-centric worldview.'”
It’s awesome. So clever. So musical. Listen to it a million times if you need to, to fully understand its brilliance. And if you buy it, the proceeds benefit UNICEF.