The Concerned – Show Some Concern
After a very quiet year, it must be time to warm up the old engine and see if everything’s still in working order. To ease back in, let’s take a look at a selection of novelty and charity records from the archives, starting with The Concerned. Far be it from me to criticise the good intentions of other people, but it has to said that charity records are usually pretty rubbish, musically speaking. Decide for yourselves if this is the case with this single from 1985.
The single in aid of famine relief in Ethiopia and Sudan was written by Paul Cleary of The Blades, produced by Bill Whelan, and featured a big selection of singers from the Irish music scene, ably assisted by a brace (if that’s the right term) of RTE presenters. Sure, the major league stars were missing, but there’s still a good range of contributors here, including Clannad, Christy Moore, The Golden Horde, In Tua Nua, Stockton’s Wing, Linda Martin…. well, you can see for yourselves. And if you’ve ever wanted to see a be-suited Pat Kenny pose awkwardly with a bunch of scruffy rock stars, you’re in luck.
In 1985 there was no getting away from charity records. The year had started off with Bob and Bono at number 1 as part of Band Aid, The Concerned made to the top spot in March, being replaced after two weeks by USA for Africa. A few months later The Crowd reached number one with a record in aid of the Bradford City stadium fire fund, all of which goes to show that, for all it’s many problems, 1980s Ireland was willing to part with generous amounts of money for a good cause despite the questionable quality of the vinyl they got in return.