Irish stars thanked by for Ireland's forgotten 80s charity hit

Press release2 April 2018

A LONG FORGOTTEN Irish charity supergroup that included Pat Kenny, Twink and Christy Moore is today being remembered by aid agency Concern Worldwide - as it thanks them and many other celebrities who have supported its work over the years.

The organisation, which is now Ireland's largest international humanitarian aid agency, is marking its 50th anniversary this year.

The Concerned, made up of over 40 Irish stars, had a number one hit in March and April 1985 with the song and music video ‘Show Some Concern’ - a catchy anthem with lots of big hair and a very 80s saxophone solo.

Concern’s one and only charity song – which was written by Paul Cleary from The Blades and produced by award-winning composer Bill Whelan – was the brainchild of the late Gerry Ryan and Paul Cleary’s then manager Mark Venner.

The song stayed in the Irish charts for eight weeks earning three consecutive number one positions, until it was topped by the worldwide hit charity single, ‘We are the World,’ by the Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie led supergroup USA for Africa.

Paul Cleary of The Blades, who wrote Show Some Concern, singing in the video at Windmill Lane Studios, Dublin in 1985
Paul Cleary of The Blades, who wrote Show Some Concern, singing in the video at Windmill Lane Studios, Dublin in 1985

Band Aid

This followed the incredible success earlier that year with Bob Geldof and Midge Ure’s Band Aid single ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’ which led to the unforgettable global fundraising Live Aid concert on July 13.

The video of ‘Show Some Concern’ is a nostalgic throwback to the mid-80s containing plenty of shoulder pads and rare not-to-be-taped-over footage of Ireland’s showbusiness top brass in 1985.

Dave Fanning, Pat Kenny, Gerry Ryan, Linda Martin, Mary Black, Twink (Adele King), Maxi (Irene McCoubrey), Maura O’Connell, Freddie White, Eamon Carr, Johnny Duhan (who wrote The Voyage), Dave King (now singer with Flogging Molly) and Barry Lang are among those singing their hearts out in the video, which was filmed at the legendary Windmill Lane Recording Studios in Dublin.

Clannad, The Blades, Stockton’s Wing, Toy with Rhythm, Golden Horde and Sligo group Those Nervous Animals were among the Irish bands who assembled for the recording.

“It is great when you see high profile figures using their celebrity for the benefit of other people,” said John O’Loughlin Kennedy, who co-founded Concern in March, 1968 with his late wife Kay 50 years ago this year.

“Getting publicity for good work is often hard, but throughout Concern’s history many musicians and well-known personalities certainly made a huge effort to raise awareness and they deserve great thanks.”

Musicians Showing Concern

The full version of the ‘Show Some Concern’ video – made available thanks to RTE - begins with several brief interviews with some of those in the supergroup and it has a small cut from a speech of Concern’s influential CEO at the time, Aengus Finucane, who said to those assembled: “We need inputs like this. We need them. They need them.”

A short segment from the song’s video also features in RTE’s hit series ‘Reeling in the Years’, when it highlights the top events of 1985.

Band Aid and The Concerned were joined by other famine-relief hits in the mid-80s, such as a single and complication album called ‘Stars’ by Hear ‘n Aid, which was a collaboration of hard-rock musicians and heavy metal bands like Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Dio and Journey.

While it may not have been to everyone’s musical taste, Concern recognises that it was great artistic projects like ‘Show Some Concern,’ along with news reports by journalists, which captured the public’s attention and increased support and funding for its life saving work for five decades.

This also included the immortalisation of Concern and its popular FAST annual fundraising campaign by Irish rock group The Saw Doctors in their hit song ‘I useta love her’ with its line about a woman collecting donations for Concern while surviving on just water and black tea.

Other well-known personalities who have supported Concern in its fifty year history include musicians Bob Geldof, Bono and Andrea Corr; actors Toni Collette, Martin Sheen and Mike Farrell from the TV series MASH; former Presidents of Ireland Mary McAleese and Mary Robinson; celebrity cook Donal Skehan, Westlife star Shane Filan, pop-act Jedward and rugby player Rob Kearney.

To watch ‘Show Some Concern’ and take a trip down memory lane, log on to Concern’s You Tube channel or click here.

ENDS

For more information, please contact Kevin Jenkinson at [email protected] or 086 358 2886 or Marie Madden at [email protected] and 085 800 9228

SHOW SOME CONCERN

The song credit: Lyrics and Music by Paul Cleary

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(The singer’s names are inserted next to their lines)

Verse 1

Things don’t change, they're still the same,                 (Paul Cleary of The Blades)

We are so anxious to parade our shame,                      (Gay Woods of Auto De Fé)

But that’s just the Western way, what do you say?   (Christy Moore)

Faith can’t feed and hope can’t last,                             (Twink)

With charity spelt G.U.I.L.T,                                           (Ray Lynam)

You could save a life today,                                            (Maxi)

What do you say?                                                  (Aileen and Jenny from Toy With Rhythm)

And relentlessly the burning sun is telling you and me.  (Red Hurley and Flo McSweeney)

Chorus

It’s not too late to learn, Show some concern,

It’s not too late to learn, Show some concern.

Verse 2

We're so hurt, look at us cry,                   (Mouse McHugh of Too Much For The Whiteman)

But when our counterfeit tears are dry,                        (Mary Black)

Africa for holidays. What do you say?                            (Freddie White)

Now you know there's a living hell,                                 (Leslie Dowdall of In Tua Nua)

Don’t throw your pennies down a wishing well,            (Dave King of Fastway and Flogging Molly)

Send your money there today,                                         (Linda Martin)

What do you say?                                                     (Aileen and Jenny from Toy With Rhythm)

And relentlessly the burning sun is telling you and me.

(Johnny Duhan and Maura O'Connell)

Chorus

It’s not too late to learn, Show some concern,

It’s not too late to learn, Show some concern.

Saxophone solo by Carl Geraghty

Chorus

It’s not too late to learn, Show some concern,

It’s not too late to learn, Show some concern.

ENDS

Irish musicians and broadcasters with The Concerned singing Show Some Concern at Windmill Lane Studios in 1985
Irish musicians and broadcasters with The Concerned singing Show Some Concern at Windmill Lane Studios in 1985

80s all-star charity singles for famine relief:

Do They Know It’s Christmas? by Band Aid (1984)

Show Some Concern by The Concerned (1985)

We are the World by USA for Africa (1985)

Dancing in the Street by David Bowie and Mick Jagger (1985)

Stars by Hear ‘n Aid (1986)

Tears are not Enough by Northern Lights (1986)

 

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