Every year, one of the main moans people have is about the commercialisation of Christmas, of how shops seem to have their Christmas stock out on their shelves earlier each year and how the Christmas songs start getting pumped into the shops at around the same time too. The date usually given for that is early-to-mid November, meaning that by the time the big day arrives, you are utterly sick to death of hearing them.
And it’s the same old songs, they will say: Slade’s “Merry Xmas Everyone”, Shakin’ Stevens’ “Merry Christmas Everyone”, Wizzard’s “
We’ve Called Ours Merry Christmas Everyone Too I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday”.
But hand on heart, I haven’t heard a single one of those this year. Yet.
I have heard some Christmas songs in shops, usually when I’m queuing up to get my meal deal in Boots. And this year, the first one that I heard could only have been bettered had it been Dennis Waterman and George Cole’s “What Are We Gonna Get ‘Er Indoors?”.
Which reminded me of this little gem of a cover which came out a few years ago, on a record the name and sleeve of which may look a little familiar:
It’s been doing my head in just who it is that Summer Camp’s singer Elizabeth Sankey sounds like on that, and it finally came to me: a cross between Sophie Ellis Bextor and Kate Nash (who I was totally gobsmacked to see rock up in Netflix’s “Glow” earlier this year amongst a troupe of wannabe female wrestlers. Kate, not Sophie, that is.)
Mostly Christmas covers, if I’m totally honest.
But more soon, anyway.