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Band Aid look set to break all record sales records with ‘Do They Know Its Christmas?. Over 300,000 copies were bought on its first day of release and some punters were seen staggering away clutching >twenty copies each.

Midge Ure, co-writer and producer of the fine project, told Whispers that one of the highpoints of the event was watching Bono deep in conversation with the Bananarama girls. “Well, at least as deep in conversation as its possible to be with them,” he sniggered.

Midge and Bob Geldof made a surprise appearance at Imaginations Ethiopian benefit last week…


Those Spandau boys frolicking round Britain arent doing anything on the cheap. Theyve hired three limos which arent even going to be used and have decked out their coach driver and staff In special leather livery. If youve got it, flaunt it, eh?


Paul Young has been slipping in his versions of ‘Relax and ‘I Feel Love at selected venues on tour. In Manchester the tab soulster met up apres le gig with Ian McCulloch, an avid Young fan. Whilst the two chatted until the wee small hours, Mac suggested Young record a version of the Bunnies super ‘Rescue and was surprised to learn that Paul had already considered it. As indeed has Alison Moyet. Mebbe the three furry-haired types could do it together, Whispers suggests magnanimously…

Silly sausage Boy George returned from France last week and forgot his new house keys. Boy, was he in a temper! He even kicked a letter box.

And news reaches Whispersthat well-known ice-skating romantics Torvill and Dean are to appear in Culture Clubs next video. Brrr…


At his summit meeting with Paul Weller—who George has interviewed for the No.1 Christmas ish—the Boy asked PW if he thought Marilyn was pretty. Weller replied: “Pretty? Dunno about that. He looks like a brickie to me.” He can repoint Whispers potting shed whenever he likes!


Duran are in fora hectic 1985. John and Andy have been in Nassau recording an album and single with Robert Palmer, Bernard Edwards and Tony Thompson while Nick and Simon finalise their solo projects. A new Duran album is planned for spring (but dont bet on it) and theres that James Bond single. As if this wasnt enough Roger and Giovanna have just moved darn sarf to NW London. They now live at 38… gotcha!…

Japan fans please note: David Sylvian, Riuichi Sakamoto and Holger Czukay will tour here next year when they finally finish their album…

Meanwhile, Malcolm McLaren Goes To Hollywood in ‘85 to work with gore movie director Brian de Palma and Paris, Texas men Sam Shepherd and Kit Carsonall of them big Malcy ‘fans

Julian Lennon is spending Xmas in New York and may well even have a family reunion with Yoko and brother Sean. Old Whisperssources who saw Jules on Tarbys dreadful show were reminded of one day in 1964 when the loathsome so-called comic sat John and Paul on his knee and bored them rigid with his inane prattling…

Orange Juice have made an independently financed TV advert for their album with the assistance of Nick Roegs sons Luc and Nick Jnr. They describe the ad as a cross between the pompous and the absurd. You can see it before this weeks Tube…


Marc Reilly of Matt Bianco was at the legendary Monty Cohens Bespoke Tailors in Londons East End last week when he chanced upon rails full of the most bizarre looking sparkly trousers and satin styled garments. Imagine his surprise when Monty told him that said garments were stage gear for the current Wham tour. “I felt distinctly queasy,” a pallid Riley told Whispers.


New computer games in the pipeline for next spring include a Ghostbusters programme and a Frankie Goes To Hollywood Spectrum and Commodore spectacular. Even more exciting, Whispers hears that the Roland Rat Race is out before Xmas. Roland calls it a “mega-epic”…

At Christies recent sale of 20th Century Entertainment Memorabilia, a pair of Levis signed by Bowie fetched £500. Thats nothing compared with what No.1 is giving away next week. Weve got the suit Tony Hadley wore on Spandaus historic first ever TV appearance—must be worth a cool grand—plus a Duran jacket, a Boy George wig and ooh, loads more. Dont miss it…


Thomas Dolby, the Mad Molecule, astounded a nearly all black crowd in Washington D.C. by leaping onstage and performing a furious version of James Browns ‘Sex Machine with George Clinton, Bootsy Collins and Funkadelic. The gig was in honour of James Brown who was reportedly speechless at Dolbys honky cheek. “Im speechless, I said Im speechless two times,” quoth JB. Dolby flew home to start work on the new Prefab Sprout LP.


The Suns current Sun Say Frankie Stink campaign may have something to do with the fact they reported that the lads threw popcorn at their reporter. In fact, the popcorn was thrown by Gene ‘Singing In the Rain Kelly, 76, who was at a photo-session with the Franks. Really, Paul Rutherford calling someone “a solid gold dickhead” on the radio hardly qualifies as outrage…

Finally, does Simon Le Bon believe in Christmas fairies? Find out in next weeks fun-filled faberoonie No.1

(Clue… he does).


Aah, sweet. Big Daddy Tony Hadley hoists young Thomas onto his manly shoulder in a break from shooting on the set of Spandaus ‘Round And Round video. At least Tom is several stones lighter than beefy Steve Norman, whos taken to performing his sax solos live while perched round Hadders neck. In the show Spiny Norman even lies down on the floor to blow his big tenor while the overhead video camera zooms towards his infamous crutch. “Frankly, it made me sick”—Disgusted, Tunbridge Wells.