Monday, 19 December 2016

Christmas Songs Day 13 - The Pogues 'Fairytale of New York'

Day 13 brings me to what I consider to be the ultimate Christmas song which is The Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl and 'Fairytale of New York'.

What a tune this is. Released in 1987, this is still the top of the list for a huge majority of people including me. It was a duet between The Pogues and its lead singer Shane MacGowan and Kirtsy MacColl and it works wonderfully.

Not your average sickly sweet number this one, not by a long shot. Its folksy, and insulting and not many songs about Christmas make mention of drunk tanks!! It works though. Its not mushy, but it works and ultimately, it makes you feel good in spite of it.

MacGowan reckons it was a bet with Elvis Costello that resulted in Fairytale. MacColl herself was originally only involved to record guide vocals!! Obviously, on hearing them, she became the female half of the song and quite right to!!

This single only reached number 2 in the UK singles chart on its release, but its greatness surpasses that detail. It is the top Christmas song in my boo!

So there we have it, Day 13. Here are the previous ones:

Day 12 - Aled Jones 'Walking in the Air'
Day 11 - Chris Rea 'Driving Home for Christmas'
Day 10 - Slade 'Merry Xmas Everybody'
Day 9 - David Bowie & Bing Crosby 'Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth'
Day 8 - Mariah Carey 'All I Want for Christmas'
Day 7 - Gabrielle Aplin 'The Power of Love'
Day 6 - Kylie 'Santa Baby'
Day 5 - Elton John 'Step into Christmas'
Day 4 - Wham 'Last Christmas'
Day 3 - Band Aid 'Do They Know its Christmas'
Day 2 - Wizzard 'I Wish it Could be Christmas'
Day 1 - Johnny Mathis - Its Beginning to Look at lot like Christmas

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