Finally, the big day is here.
You know it is. It really is.
Frank Sidebottom – Christmas is Really Fantastic
So, as a special treat for all of you folks old enough to remember back as far as 1982:
Smash Hits Happy Xmas From The Stars 1982 FlexiDisc
Now last night, you should have had a visit from a jolly old sod dressed in red and white. I do hope you kept your head under the covers and didn’t peek. The lead singer on the next track was clearly emotionally scarred by what he witnessed one Christmas Eve; what other excuse can there be for some of the things he (allegedly, make sure you say allegedly – Legal Editor) allegedly got up to in later life?
The Jackson 5 – I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
And if that vision wasn’t enough to screw the little fellow up, then having his brothers illustrate the indecent act by harmonising the words “Tickle! Tickle!” around him as he recounted what he witnessed certainly would.
Let’s move on, shall we?
One of my favourite Christmas Records featuring two of my favourite indie pop acts. A real Christmas bargain, a Buy One Get One Free deal if you will:
Saint Etienne feat. Tim Burgess – I Was Born On Christmas Day
Well, Sarah, Tim, I hate to break the news to you, but so was this chap:
Big Star – Jesus Christ
(See, I don’t just throw this shit together, you know)
And since I’ve just about managed to drag this back to the true meaning of Christmas, a song which isn’t particularly Christmassy, but the title is. There’s plenty of versions of this knocking about to choose from: Leonard Cohen, John Cale, Jeff Buckley, Alexandra Burke to name but a few. Me, I’ve plumped for this one:
Rufus Wainwright – Hallelujah
Enjoy your day, folks. You deserve it for sticking with me and my inane ramblings, if nothing else.