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[MUSIC] video game bleeps versus white saviour complex

Posted by on Nov. 24, 2014 at 3:18 AM
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Question: Which would you vote for?


Rather Be

Do They Know It's Christmas?

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These are the two best selling singles this year:

Which would you vote for?

by on Nov. 24, 2014 at 3:18 AM
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by Ruby Member on Nov. 24, 2014 at 3:24 AM

For those who'd rather judge not just on the music (or video):

"Rather Be", by Clean Bandit (who are based in Cambridge, England - so local to me) is a baroque pop and a synthpop song that lyrically portrays the singer's infatuation with her significant other, stating she doesn't want to be anywhere else.   Like many of the band's other tracks, it is left deliberately open to a Christian interpretation, but doesn't beat it over the head.

Clean Bandit's music has been described as "fusion" music, mixing electronic music with classical and deep-house elements. Most of their music intertwines classical compositions, such as those from Beethoven, Dvorak, etc.

The video is about a Japanese fan of the band who becomes delirious and has hallucinations of band members and our logo appearing unexpectedly in her daily life as a chef.


Band Aid 30 is the 2014 incarnation of the charity supergroup Band Aid. The group was announced on 10 November 2014 by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure, with Geldof stating that he took the step after the United Nations had contacted him, saying help was urgently needed to prevent the 2014 Ebola crisis in Western Africa spreading throughout the world.  As in previous incarnations, the group covered the track "Do They Know It's Christmas?", written in 1984 by Geldof and Ure, this time to raise money towards the Ebola crisis in Western Africa.  The track has re-tweaked lyrics to reflect the current Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa with all proceeds going towards battling what Geldof described as a "particularly pernicious illness because it renders humans untouchable and that is sickening". 

Liberian Robtel Neajai Pailey, a researcher at the School of Oriental and African Studies argued, on BBC Radio 4's Today, that the question "Do They Know It's Christmas" was meaningless, as most of the victims were Muslim. She described the song as "unoriginal and redundant" and said that it was "reinforcing stereotypes", painting the continent "as unchanging and frozen in time" and was "incredibly patronising and problematic." Arguing against Paley producer Harvey Goldsmith, said her concerns were "ridiculous", adding "I think it’s disingenuous for people to turn round and say we shouldn’t do anything or sit back and watch it all happen or wait for all those countries that pledged aid and refused to give it so far."  For Al Jazeera Paley wrote "It reeks of the "white saviour complex" because it negates local efforts that have come before it."

See: "Feed the Ducks"

by Mahinaarangi on Nov. 24, 2014 at 4:35 AM

Rather be....the sound makes me happy :-)

Band aid is recycled and never will be better than the original....JMO

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