Let's be honest, the pogues' 'fairytale of new york' just has to be the best christmas song ever.
Partly in that it's not really necessarily your typical 'christmas song' - it's set at christmas but it's still brilliant at any time, unlike, perhaps, songs like wham's 'last christmas,' which are brought out and dusted off just once a year, which is probably a damn good thing....
ah, I listened to it about 3 times on repeat on the train home from London this evening. I was supposed to go ice-skating today but due to falling down some stairs (and then falling again in the street) and screwing up my ankle last thursday night i wasn't really in a fit state to don the skates and hit the ice... so I was designated cameraman for the team. I'm pretty sure I got frostbite.. stupid fingerless gloves... mutter mutter...
Here's 'fairytale of new york' live from 1988...
This year a couple of cover versions were done on the radio.
It's not a song to cover lightly... You just cannot mess with this one...
Here's Paloma Faith and Roy Stride's version....
The choir's a bit cringe, but I think this version's quite good,
not a patch on the original, obviously.
I have a soft spot for Paloma - she has an incredible voice, not really shown off here...
And to give him his due, Roy doesn't do as badly as I assumed he would,
when I heard he was from scouting for girls...!
And this one is Billy Bragg and Florence Welch.
Billy is amazing... I love that man... He just seems so sincere.
And obviously I have exalted my love for Flo before, so a good combo in my book.
I also like the way they've made it their own by having harp (typically florence)
and guitar (ol' billy) as accompaniment.
1 criticism is that Flo could perhaps sound like she cared a bit more,
in the 'you scumbag, you maggot' verse!!
Kirsty Macoll just made it come alive when she sang it.
So, I've got a lot of love for this song!!
My favourite line is 'I could have been someone, well so could anyone'
Not really sure why; that response, I just love it, and the way Kirsty sings it.