|Two old Christmas friends!|
The focus on Christmas songs this week, started in an effort to motivate myself to continue my morning walks, and therefore offset a little of the inevitable December chocfest. So, I decided to fire up my iPhone with 'Em's Cracker Christmas', (I do appreciate a catchy title), and I've been trying to decide which holiday hits make the cut. I'm reminded of a radio station in Washington DC that used to play Christmas songs from the day after Thanksgiving in November until Christmas Day. Nothing else for an entire month, and unsurprisingly, with so much airtime to fill, much of it was complete and utter crap.( Think Vince Gill and Olivia Newton John crooning 'Deck the Halls'). But there was one song called 'The Christmas Shoes' which caused me to almost crash the car every time because I was crying so hard. If you like a little bit of cheese, then this one's for you. It's definitely not one for the Christmas party, but I might have to sneak it on there anyway, and have a good safe weep around the roads of Glenavy.
Obviously, Band Aid and Wham are both in there for old times sake, as well as Queen's ' Thank God it's Christmas' and I do so love a bit of Bing, scooping his way through 'White Christmas' as well. Springstein's 'Santa Claus is coming to town' is hard to beat and up there with the best of the best has to be The Pogues and Kirsty Macall's 'Fairytale of New York' . I mean, who hasn't joyfully shouted along with 'you scumbag, you maggot' to their significant other at a Christmas party?
'Baby, it's cold outside' has long been a personal favourite, but the Tom Jones and Cerys Matthews version has put me right off. I always thought it quite a flirty, cheeky little number, but the king of sleaze gives it a whole new edge of perv, that makes me quite uncomfortable. Dirty old goat.
'Santa Baby' is another good one, (the Kylie version not Madonna), and Mariah Carey's 'All I want for Christmas ' is a belter. Quite an eclectic mix so far wouldn't you say? But I know when to ask for help, so it's over to you. Have you got any hot favourites for 'Em's Cracker Christmas' which will surely become my go-to Festive Compilation? Yours too, if you can stomach a bit of Sir Cliff! Ah, go on, go on, go on, go on!