Ireland’s largest international humanitarian aid agency Concern is marking its 50th anniversary this year and to celebrate, they’ve dug up a long-forgotten video featuring some of Ireland’s most loved 80s celebs.
Many of us won’t remember when The Concerned, a supergroup made up of 40 Irish stars, spent a whopping eight weeks in the charts, topping them for three weeks consecutively, with the charity single Show Some Concern in 1985. It appears to be a very Irish take on the more famous Do They Know It’s Christmas? by Band Aid a year previously and while some of the faces may be different, the hairstyles are just as dodgy.
Penned by Paul Cleary from The Blades, the song was the brainchild of the late Gerry Ryan and Cleary’s then-manager Mark Venner.
The famous faces who lent their voices to the tune include Dave Fanning, Pat Kenny, Gerry Ryan, Linda Martin, Mary Black, Twink, Maxi, Maura O’Connell, Freddie White, Eamon Carr and Johnny Duhan and while some remain well-known to this day, you may have to ask your mam and dad about others.
The song opens with an 80s sax solo that Father Ted Crilly would be wary of but sure it was all for a good cause! Check out the video, which was filmed at Windmill Lane Recording Studios in Dublin, and see how many faces you recognise.