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Do They Know Its Halloween? Single, Maxi


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (Oct. 11 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Single, Maxi
  • Label: Vice Records
  • ASIN: B000BBOFHM
  • Other Editions: LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #293,154 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Do They Know It's Hallowe'en? (Original Version)
2. Do They Know It's Hallowe'en? (Radio Edit)
3. Do They Know It's Hallowe'en? (Disco D Remix)
4. Do They Know It's Hallowe'en? (Th' Corn Gangg Remix)

Product Description

This fall's sweetest and scariest benefit song features a star-studded ensemble (Beck, Sum 41, The Arcade Fire, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Peaches, Devendra Banhart, Postal Service, Sonic Youth, Sloan, Feist, Wolf Parade, Buck 65) known as the North American Halloween Prevention Initiative. Both a trick and a treat, this anti-Halloween call to arms / satire is a charity benefit song with all the labels' proceeds and artists' royalties being donated to UNICEF. The inspiration stems from a frustration with other benefit songs' misguided, somewhat patronizing attitude, and Western-centric worldview. It asks the rest of the world to help us end this night of fear and terror. Also stars a grab bag of legends such as David Cross, Malcolm McLaren, Elvira, Sparks, and more. Co-produced by Steven McDonald of Redd Kross.

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By Pamela Willis on Oct. 17 2005
Format: Audio CD
I'm not normally a big fan of huge compelation CD singles, but I bought it today and this is awesome. Not only that, but it goes to a good cause, since the first 10,000 copies are all profits to UNICEF. So buy it. It rules. Trust me!
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Amazon.com: 6 reviews
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Fun, Sarcastic Halloween Trick Oct. 24 2005
By D. Powers - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This song was created to make fun of the Bob Geldof "Do They Know It's Christmas" sing-along. It's a song begging the world to save the U.S.A. from the annual terror that is Halloween. The singers are all members of the alt rock community. It contains 4 versions of the song (full, radio edit, and two remixes). And purchases go to charity.

It's a great, sarcastic song and a poke in the eye to Geldof and all. Beck does a great job with his pseudo-serious singing. It's very catchy and has great lines like "Children on the street, begging for treats... Parents are hiding, our babies are sobbing.", "Dead dogs and broomsticks, pumpkins and flames. Ending this night, ending the shame!", and "They [the rest of the world] don't know what we endure once a year."
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What a fright! Sept. 25 2006
By E. A Solinas - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I've never been fond of the all-star charity ballad "Do They Know It's Christmas" -- it's always seemed very soppy and self-righteous.

So it was with glee that I picked up "Do They Know It's Halloween," a wildly tongue-in-cheek parody with an all-star cast of indie-rockers... and a few others too (Elvira anyone?). Rather than sounding like a mishmash, it sounds like a carol sung by the Addams Family -- weird, wonky and riotously funny.

It opens with Beck and Karen O, crooning, "Once a year on a spooky night/it's Halloween... and what a fright!", followed by Win and Regina of Arcade Fire, "Young boys and ghouls... in ghoulish disguise/they cover their skin, conceal their eyes." That kicks off a new-wavy little indie-rock tune, full of ghosts, ghouls, dark humor, trick-or-treating, and death by bobbing for apples.

There's also a brief interlude where David Cross assumes that it's all a joke... and as the horrified shrieks continue, he starts wailing, "Come out please! It's not funny anymore... OH MY GOD IN HEAVEN!"

It's followed up by a trio of reinvented or remixed versions. There's the radio edit, which basically has the middle part of it missing, followed by the "Disco D" remix, which is basically the same tune with scattered "Help us! It's too late...," hysterical pleas and ghoulish gloating. Finally there's "Th' Corn Gangg Remix," a creepy reworking with a dark, urgent sound.

How can you go wrong with a vocal cast like this? Beck, Karen O, Wolf Parade, Arcade Fire, Sonic Youth, Postal Service, pop wunderkinds Smoosh, Feist, Rilo Kiley, Devendra Banhart and Peaches, with Elvira and Nardwuar as some non-singing extras. And it doesn't go wrong. Though each singer gets only a line or two before it switches to someone else, the vocals switch smoothly from person to person.

Among the highlights are Beck's faux-serious crooning, Peaches and Feist's creepy vocals, and that little freak-out interlude with David Cross. It's also written with macabre humor and a few subtle jibes at Geldof and Co. "Drowning in a bucket of apples bobbing/parents are hiding, babies are sobbing," goes one line, as well as "The writing's on the tombstone under the willow tree" -- what, did you expect a wall?

If Tim Burton ever made an indie-rock song, it would probably sound like "Do They Know It's Halloween," a bizarre and funny all-star parody. Thoroughly entertaining.
It's October 31st, could it get any worse? Oct. 31 2006
By Johnny Heering - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is an "all-star" single released to benefit UNICEF, although most of the "stars" are people the general public has never heard of from the indy rock scene. Any resemblance to "Do They Know It's Christmas?" is purely intentional. "Do They Know It's Hallowe'en?" is a cute, humorous song about the dangers of All Hallows Eve. There are four different mixes of it. There aren't enough Halloween songs out there, and it's nice to have another one.
Way Under Apperciated April 18 2013
By Carl E Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Come on guys! You loved the song! You loved the music video! Buy the darn thing! Soon it will be October 31st, can it get any worse?
Excellent collaboration Nov. 29 2007
By Dane Stein - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The lists of artists that participated in this song is too long to type, but suffice it to say it's impressive. I searched long and hard for this mix, and what not disappointed.

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