In the in-depth documentary on one of the biggest selling songs ever, Do They Know It’s Christmas, Paul Young was asked about what he thought of late superstar George Michael.
Adam Reader, the creator of the documentary “How Band Aid’s #1 Song “Do They Know It’s Christmas” Changed Everything”, interviewed some of the original members of Band Aid, a supergroup put together by Geldof and Ure and consisting mainly of the biggest British and Irish musical acts at the time. Reader talked with the Band Aid members about that experience and the song that became the Christmas number one of 1984.
Here’s what Paul Young said about George Michael:
Adam Reader (on who the other artists in Band Aid): Well … George Michael, of course, now you look back and see him give his vocals … what do you remember about George? Of course, you’ve sung with George before .. you sang with him and Elton when you did the “Every Time You Go Away.”
Paul Young: That’s right, yeah… I really liked George. I thought he was a really nice guy. He was very smart, really smart.
I think it takes a lot to take on the role of being a pop star and he just managed to get into it the right amount of honesty without giving too much of himself away so in the end you feel like you got nothing, you know. So I thought I need to learn a few tricks from him
[snippet of ‘Faith’ video]
And we bumped into each other in restaurants around the place … I remember they’ve kept The Ivy out in the UK so we’d just sat on a table talking for ages. I just found him to be a very interesting person. I think it did get to him in the end, you know .. when it’s hard to have your own life. And yeah, it’s a sad thing. But he was such a nice guy
You can watch the full second half of the documentary here (the reference to George Michael starts around 6:35 of the video):
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