Listen up, Band Aid: it WILL snow in Africa this Christmas. The Atlas Mountains are covered in the stuff! A selection of songs where the writers should have consulted a map...
When the all-star cast sang, ‘there won't be snow in Africa this Christmas time’ the good folk of Morocco chorused back ‘Oh yes there will!’ Truth is, there is consistent snowfall in the Atlas Mountains.
Starts off describing Bangkok as a little town in Indonesia and goes downhill from there. Alex Chilton was never destined to become a geography teacher. Or perform live in the Thai capital.
In which The Stranglers seem to think that Sweden's topography resembles a naked man lying on a table. It patently doesn't.
In this heartfelt ode to West Virginia, John Denver sings plaintively of the Blue Ridge Mountains, their peaks looming into the state. The geographical reality? The Blue Ridge Mountains barely touch the eastern tip of the state.
Where Sun Records, a musical icon of Memphis, Tennessee is relocated to Nashville. A schoolboy error that had Memphis’ favourite son and Sun recording artist, Elvis Presley, turning in his grave.
In which Steve Perry (and consequently some wet kid from the cast of Glee) claim to have been ‘born and raised in South Detroit.’ South Detroit exists only in Journey's mind. Anybody living there is living in the Detroit River.
Where the boys from Toto get their stratovolcanoes mixed up with their massifs by claiming that ‘Kilimanjaro rises like Olympus above the Serengeti.'
Bob Seger wrote this song because he wanted to disappear for a while after dealing with constant touring and record company politics. He chose Katmandu because it represented a place far away where no one will bother you. He's obviously never walked the streets of Thamel.
A young girl goes back to Naples and tells the locals that 'All you Calabraise-a do the mambo like a crazy' Trouble is, Naples is in Campania. She also recommends that visitors 'try an enchilada with da fish.' Enchiladas are from Mexico, not Italy. Oh dear.
Robert Plant wrote the lyrics to this song in 1973 while driving through the Sahara Desert on the way to the National Festival of folklore in Morocco. Kashmir is in the north-west of the Indian Subcontinent. ‘Nuff said.
In which Marty Wilde claims the 'market town in Monmouthshire has ‘sunshine forever, lovely weather'. Doesn't sound like Welsh weather to me.
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