Mistletoe And Rhyme.

Charlotte: Oh YES.

This afternoon Team RMW are going to get all Christmas sing-along with you folks….sharing our most and least favourite festive tunes.

Now then, I would have obviously listed The Pogues (because THAT is my ultimate “It’s December” song) but Lolly kind of pinched it already and then it was going to be another one but that was pinched by Becky so…..

I’ll just have to let you in on my guilty pleasure.

Ahem.

“Stay Another Day” by East 17.

I know I know, sorry. Not very sophisticated, not very timeless…..and certainly not cool.

But it reminds me of my teenage years and makes me feel all holiday-season when I hear it, and I guess that’s the point right?

Um….I saw the actual christmas music video last week though and properly killed myself laughing. Have you seen it?! They are all trying to look uber urban/street whilst wearing huge fur coats with fur-lined hoods. One of them even has his baseball cap still on…underneath aforementioned fur-lined hood.

BRILLIANT.

You also can’t beat “I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day” by Wizard. So corny…..so Christmassy!

My least favourite has to “Rocking Around the Christmas Tree” by Brenda Lee (Sorry fans) as it was played relentlessly from September to January one year when I worked in a glossy department store many moons ago…..every time it came on I used to cover my ears.

I actually don’t mind the version by Kim Wilde and Mel Smith anywhere near as much though, it makes me laugh… and I would very much like Santa to drop me a cute ruffled polka dot frock just like Kim’s down the chimney.

Lolly: Is it possible to have two favourite Christmas songs?

You see it’s impossible for me to choose my top tune – I have two and frankly I wouldn’t be able to choose between them. Come on, it is Christmas after all.

The first is Maverick Sabre’s version of the ballad ‘Fairytale of New York‘ by the Pogues. I’m probably going to be crucified for saying this but I think it’s tonnes better than the original version.

Why?

Because Maverick sings it with such raw emotion that it brings a tear to my eye. By the time it gets to “I kept them with me babe, I put them with my own, Can’t make it all alone, I’ve built my dreams around you” I’m blubbering like a baby.

The second ditty is perhaps a little cheerier…”Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” by Ol’ Blue Eyes. It immortalises the season for me – when I first hear it I KNOW that Christmas has finally arrived. It symbolises, for me at least, our golden past, the nostalgic days of yore and reminds us of the most important things in life.

What’s not to love?

There are however several Christmassy tunes that I detest – I know how Scrooge-esque is that?!

But my pet hate is Cliff’s ‘Mistletoe and Wine‘ – apologies to those of you who love it but the whole thing sounds so flat to me, so devoid of emotion that it grates on me whenever I hear it.

Trust me if I don’t ever hear it again then it won’t be soon enough.

Becky: Favourite Christmas song…is there any competition really? It’s obviously Mariah “All I Want For Christmas“. I LOVE a good Christmas tune but I think this little Diva has managed to warble her way to the top of my list. You know it’s Christmas when You hear Mariah. I questioned the other day if it was a cover but it turns out that it was actually penned by Mariah herself. *Love*

I’m also very partial to a bit of Slade ‘Merry Xmas Everybody‘. That shrill screech at the start, the unmistakable Wolverhampton accent, the fact that it brings back memories of playing pass the parcel at my nans. I reckon if Carlsberg made Christmas songs…this would be it.

Now. I fear you may hate me for this and don’t get me wrong, I love a bit of George Michael, especially in the Wham days but I have this bone to pick with him. Last Christmas George, you *gave* me your heart, you didn’t ‘gev’ it to me.

This alone takes ‘Last Christmas‘ to the bottom of my list. *prepares for onslaught of hatred*

But let’s be honest, when I’ve had a few mulled wines I love everything so turn your Christmas songs up to the max. We’ve only got a few more weeks to listen to them so lets make the most of it.

Adam: It’s two christmas songs for me as well… equal top priority billing goes to Driving Home For Christmas by Chris Rea and Christmas Wrapping by the Waitresses.

I know the Chris Rea one is potentially a bit lame but its good to do a jaunty little sway to and that is what Christmas is all about. If you are actually driving home for Christmas this year pop this little beauty on repeat, scatter a box of Mr Kiplings finest across your dashboard and prepare for a journey of wonder.

“…Take a look at the driver next to me…. He’s just the same”

Although presumably he hasn’t got mince pies all over his dashboard/face.

Don’t sway and drive folks.

I’ve picked the waitresses because it’s actually a brilliant song by a totally underrated experimental New Wave band from Ohio (thanks Wikipedia). It’s got a kick ass baseline and the relentless staccato melody is totally infectious. I should probably give up wedding blogging and go and write for New Musical Express.

I couldn’t find a video for this one but have instead found someone with too much time/money on their hands who has set their home christmas lighting to synch with song. Cool. No really…

So the one I hate, sorry but its the stupid Pogues.

I know everyone loves it and I’m probably not going to be making any friends here but it’s fiiddley diddle twaddle. It sounds like any one of the ‘hits’ by Mumford and Sons.

Yes, there’s a swear word in it and yes there is a bit of controversial imagery but that doesn’t make it cool.

I think perhaps I hate it because everyone loves it and wets their pants about it. There I said it. Merry Christmas.

Charlotte: So lovelies….what’s your favourite? And what’s your least loved?!

Big Corny Love

Team RMW xxx

Author: Charlotte O’Shea
Purveyor of short shorts. Make-up junkie. Hopes to grow old disgracefully.

22 thoughts on “Mistletoe And Rhyme.

  1. Ooh ooh!

    My favourites are Wham! Last Christmas (sorry Becky, I bloody love it!) and I also really like the cover by Jimmy Eat World.

    Also love Nat King Cole, The Christmas Song, that just makes me want to snuggle up under a blanket.

    Ooh aaaand anything by Micky Bubble – oh he is dreamy (even Al thinks so!).

    Most hated Christmas tunes, anything by Cliff Richard!

  2. @Adam – Driving Home for Christmas rocks!! I also love Band Aid’s “Feed the World”….classic! None of this XFactor cover version nonsense, give me the original any day at Chrimbo time.

    Now I have xmas tunes lined up on my Spotify at work for res tof the afternoon 🙂

  3. I love this subject! So much so that I wrote a blog post earlier this week all about Christmas first dance songs and I’m not surprised that it’s been one of my most read blogs of all time!
    For me the ultimate Christmas tune has got to be lovely Mariah’s ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’, but I must admit that the current UK no.1 ‘The Power of Love’ from the John Lewis advert is becoming a very close 2nd! xxx

  4. What’s your favourite Christmas song is a conversation I regularly have with myself…

    I *think* it might actually be The Killers – Don’t Shoot Me Santa. It’s festive, catchy and Brandon Flowers looks ridiculously HAWT in a Christmas Jumper.

  5. Oooo me and Chris were having this very conversation last weekend!

    So I came to the conclusion that Nat King Cole ‘The Christmas Song’ is my favourite. My parents always used to play his Christmas album when we were putting the decorations up and when I hear it takes me right back and I get all teary, what a loser!

    My worst is I’m afraid the same as @Adam’s. It just gets on my blimmin wick and I can’t explain why. Maybe like you say, it’s cause everyone else loves it so!

    Xxx

  6. LOVE The Waitresses one….reminds me of Christmases working in good old Miss S – used to be on the tape there (tape?! showing my age!).

    Two other things, besides agreeing with all here…and both are courtesy of Radio 1, but The JCB Song makes me totally want to ball it is so unbelievably sweet….makes me feel so wintery and festive (came out Dec 05) http://www.youtube.com/watch?gl=GB&hl=en-GB&v=k3WhQB7Hq0Q and does any one remember Ja Rule reading The Grinch on Jo Whiley’s show……amazing!

    Feeling v festive! xx

  7. Lolly now try and get through the rest of the afternoon without Dominick going over and over in your head…! I’m still humming it!

  8. @Kitty – my H2B looks just like Michael Buble! I’m a lucky girl…

    I really like the Christmas song Coldplay released a few years back. Totally understated and gorgeous.

  9. This is brilliant – I’m in a Christmassy mood…. just a bit of photo editing to finish then I can close down the office till after the big day and get ready for TWO Christmas week wedddings 🙂

    Bit sad there was no ‘Little Drummer Boy’ just for the anachronistic pairing of Bowie and Bing!!

  10. I think i might be a teeny bit christmas obsessed, as i can quite happily say there isn’t a single christmas tune i don’t adore ( well…possible exception being the cliff one with the prayer in it to auld langs)

    I also will admit that some songs get me a little bit emotional, especially tim minchins white wine in the sun. Although this from someone who shed a tear at the jack daniels advert ” it’s not whats under the tree, its whats around it”

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