Date: 27 September 1986
Originally published in: Hitkrant (Netherlands)
Following ‘Live Aid’ and everything that followed, a lot of English artists went into the Abbey Road Studios to record the single ‘Live-in world’, of which the proceed go to drug addicts. Boy George had originally said he would contribute to this special project. But finally he pulled back, because he felt it was embarrassing to contribute to this single and the album partly for himself…
Do you want to know who are devoting themselves to people who are addicted to drugs in some way or another? Well, here they come: Hazel O’Connor, Kim Wilde, Ronnie Lane, Madness, Thomas Dolby, Squeeze, The Alarm, The Eurythmics, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Paul Weller, Feargal Sharkey, John Peel, Phil Collins, Billy Ocean, Elvis Costello, The Young One, Monty Python, Dave Edmunds, Carlene Carter, Ringo and his son Zak Starr, Nik Kershaw, Cliff Richard, Slade, Jim Diamond, Kiki Dee, Talk Talk, Jooles Holland, Steve Harley, The Stranglers, Steve Strange, John Parr, The Thompson Twins and even more others.
Between recordings in the studio where ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas’ was recorded, the assembly went outside for a photo session. After a few shots on the stairs, everyone walked over the legendary crossing which is known from the sleeve of the Beatles album ‘Abbey Road’. Then John, Paul, George and Ringo walked backwards over the street when Zak Starr was only 3 years old. Now he walked there himself…
The single ‘Live-in world’ is expected next month and a video plus a compilation album will follow before the end of the year.
This action will raise 1 million pounds, according to the writer of the single, Charlie Foskett. ‘The use of drugs undermines our youths’, said Kim Wilde. ‘Fortunately thanks to this project we can raise money to warn them against these horrible drugs and help the addicted. We ask for your attention for this immense problem with this single. Just say NO to drugs. We do that too.’